Chairlift bring a 90s sensibility to their brand of synthpop, and Moth to the Flame is the most straightforward pop track off their new record. Caroline Polachek’s vocals and backing harmonies ring sharp and clear, bringing a crystalline focus to the clean production pulsating beneath.
It’s not a bad thing, and it’s not surprising either. A quick browse of Polachek’s Instagram feed should tell you all you need about her perfect bone structure…not to mention her passion for art, design, and high fashion. And with that said, it’s no surprise that this song glimmers with such style and polish. While not necessarily focused on the sort of propulsive, emotive songwriting that a band like CHVRCHES might deal in. Instead, you feel that Chairlift opt to make more of an artistic, aesthetic statement with their music. But whether you think that’s a good or bad thing is entirely up to you.
But like the rest of the record, Moth to the Flame is essentially just a well put-together, highly traditional pop song, and there’s very little that you can fault over its execution. It might not do anything too groundbreaking, but when it’s done this well, then it’s hardly something to complain about.
Over and out, Darren.