Music Review: Moth | Chairlift

January 28, 2016


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Chairlift, the electronic indie pop band from Brooklyn, experiment with various music genres while still producing their classic synth in their newest album “Moth.” Although the duo, Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly, have enhanced and sharpened their sound in this third album, their sound lingers between being very catchy to simply filler.

Photo courtesy of Colombia Records

Photo courtesy of Colombia Records


This teenage dream pop album is different than their previous ones because it combines a bold message with a heavier electronic sound. “Moth” is about self–awareness and coming to terms with oneself through self-acceptance. The message the album preaches is motivating and self empowering.


The band represents this message through the album title “Moth,” contradicting the notion of transformation by showing how it is not always a solution. Instead of moving forward into a butterfly, the moth represents accepting the beauty in simplicity. Songs such as “Crying in Public” use analogies such as “a flower in a gun” to illustrate powerful concepts the duo had throughout the album.


“Crying in Public” is also one of the smoother ones on the album, incorporating a jazz theme, which is new for Chairlift. Every song plays up a different aspect of humans and their emotions. “Romeo,” a song about being ready to fall in love, reflects a more rock-pop vibe. Playing up the element of teenage angst and young romance, the singer tells her new lover to put on their running shoes because she is ready to fall in love.


“Ch-Ching,” another song with a slightly jazzy feel, is probably the most popular song of the album because it carries a consistent catchy beat. It leans toward a more mainstream pop sound, a direction which Chairlift seems to be moving in their music. “Show You Off” is also more poppy sounding, but not executed well enough to stand out from the other songs on the album.


While some songs like “Polymorphing” are simply a fun reflection of the artist’s emotions, ones like “Ottawa to Osaka” are more solemn as Polachek’s vocals take on a deeper tone. “No Such Things” begins as if it would be a successful catchy song like “Moths to Flame,” but does not live up to the potential it could have.


While some songs are good to listen to, they are just that–fun. This album, with the exception of a few songs, is nice to listen to once or twice but was not executed in a way that leaves the audience with much incentive to listen further.


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