It Was A ‘Dark and Stormy’ Night With Hot Chip
British synth-pop dance party crafters Hot Chip aren’t releasing a full-length follow-up to last year’s very good In Our Heads any time soon, but fans got a little nugget from the group yesterday with their new single, “Dark and Stormy.” Sadly, the song’s title does not refer to the popular strong, summery drink, but to the feeling of “dark and stormy” — as they let the listener know in the opening line, “when you’re feeling dark and stormy / let me sing a song for you.” What a nice sentiment.
Foreboding, hypnotic synths, howling hooks and a dark-edged delivery give this song a feeling reminiscent of the gloomier, creepier dance-floor tracks of the 1980s, as if Gary Numan, Rockwell and Depeche Mode were all nodding in approval in the recording studio. Some 8-bit blips break up the reassuring-and-also-unsettling narrative, but they are fleeting, and a bit out-of-place in this dance party in the woods mood the track creates. Have a listen below.