On June 21, Hot Chip will release their dynamic new album A Bath Full Of Ecstasy; a fresh, invigorating and essential new chapter in the band's career, it finds the band working with external producers for the first time, Philippe Zdar and Rodaidh McDonald. Following their incredible performance at All Points East festival last week, the band have shared a second song from their forthcoming record, ‘Melody of Love’.
The album’s opening track, began life as a 12-minute instrumental track featuring a sample from the gospel group The Mighty Clouds of Joy. Under the eye of McDonald, the group turned it into a bombastic explosion of Technicolor pop. The song is about the importance of the transformative, non-verbal moment – ecstasy as personal happiness, but also of transcendence, of being outside oneself.
A Bath Full Of Ecstasy finds lead vocalist Alexis Taylor stepping out of his comfort zone with his lyricism; though rooted in first person, here his storytelling becomes more bodily, and more open to new ideas. The record is a celebration of joy but recognises the struggle it can take to get to that point of happiness. You can hear the pleasure Hot Chip had in creating this album and they want to pass on that feeling to the listener.
Upcoming live dates
20th June – Banquet Records @ Pryzm, Kingston
21st June – Hot Chip Megamix @ XOYO, London
28-30th June – Glastonbury festival, Somerset
19-21st July – Bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank, Macclesfield
2-4th August – All Together Now festival, Waterford, Ireland
4th August – Playground of Sound festival, Glasgow
16th Oct – Limelight, Belfast
17th Oct – Olympia, Dublin
18th Oct - O2 Institute 1, Birmingham
21st Oct - O2 Academy, Bristol
22nd Oct - Rock City, Nottingham
24th Oct – LCR, Norwich
26th Oct – Alexandra Palace, London