Moth (album)

Moth is the third and final full-length album by American indie band Chairlift, released in the United States via Columbia Records on January 22, 2016.[3] The album art was created by NYC visual artist Rebecca Bird.[4]

Moth
Chairlift - Moth.png
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 22, 2016 (2016-01-22)
Recorded2014–2015
StudioChairlift Studio, Brooklyn, New York City
Genre
LabelColumbia
Producer
Chairlift chronology
Something
(2012)
Moth
(2016)
Singles from Moth
  1. "Ch-Ching"
    Released: October 14, 2015[1]
  2. "Romeo"
    Released: November 30, 2015[2]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.1/10[5]
Metacritic73/100[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [7]
Exclaim!8/10[8]
Drowned in Sound7/10[9]
Spin8/10[10]
Pitchfork7.6/10[11]

Before being released, Consequence of Sound, Pitchfork, Stereogum, and Billboard included Moth in their lists of most anticipated albums of 2016, and it has received generally favorable reviews.[12][13][14][15] Brooklyn Magazine named the album its "Album of the Month" for January 2016.[16]

Moth received mostly positive reviews from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 73, based on 21 reviews,which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[17] Writing for Allmusic, Tim Sendra characterized Moth as "an album that amplifies the pop aspects of Something and blows it out into a sometimes brilliant listening experience."[7] In a positive review for Exclaim!, Stephen Carlick wrote that "with Moth, Chairlift make a strong claim to being one of pop music's best songwriting teams, with the production and vocal chops to bring their compositions fully and vibrantly to life."[8] Rolling Stone praised the album as "a record where love, music and love for music come together beautifully."[18]

Track listingEdit

Moth[3]
No.TitleLyricsMusicProducer(s)Length
1."Look Up"Caroline PolachekChairlift2:14
2."Polymorphing"PolachekChairlift
  • Wimberly
  • Polachek
4:43
3."Romeo"PolachekChairlift
  • Wimberly
  • Polachek
  • Cecil Frena[a]
3:08
4."Ch-Ching"
  • Polachek
  • Wimberly
Chairlift3:47
5."Crying in Public"Polachek
  • Chairlift
  • Joey Postiglione
  • Wimberly
  • Polachek
4:28
6."Ottawa to Osaka"PolachekChairlift
  • Wimberly
  • Polachek
4:55
7."Moth to the Flame"PolachekChairlift
  • Chairlift
  • Hannibal
2:57
8."Show U Off"PolachekChairlift
  • Chairlift
  • Hannibal
3:32
9."Unfinished Business"PolachekChairlift
  • Wimberly
  • Polachek
4:33
10."No Such Thing as Illusion"Polachek
  • Chairlift
  • David "Dj" Ginyard
  • Postiglione
  • Kurt Feldman
  • Patrick South
  • Wimberly
  • Polachek
6:26
Total length:40:43

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer.

PersonnelEdit

Chairlift

  • Caroline Polachek – vocals (all tracks), synthesizer (1–3, 5–10), bass (2, 4, 5, 7), bongos (2, 7), drums (2, 4, 7); horn, shaker (2); castanets, violin (6); engineering, percussion (7); piano (8), oboe, snare drum (9)
  • Patrick Wimberly – engineering (all tracks); drums (1–4, 8, 10), guitar (1, 2, 5, 8, 9), marimba (1), horn (2, 4, 10), percussion (2, 7–9), synthesizer (2–10), vocals (2–4), acoustic guitar (3), bass (4–6, 9); autoharp, cymbals (7); programming (7, 8, 10)

Additional musicians

  • Danny Meyer – saxophone (1, 2, 4, 8, 10)
  • David Ginyard – bass (2, 8, 10)
  • Joey Postiglione – guitar (2, 5), synthesizer (10)
  • Kurt Feldman – guitar (2, 10)
  • John Lake – trumpet (2)
  • Miles B.A. Robinson – speaker (3)
  • Robin Hannibal – bass (4), drums (4, 7, 8); keyboards, percussion (4, 8)
  • Juri Onuki – speaker (6)
  • Emily Holden – violin (6)
  • Joel Van Dijk – guitar (7, 8)
  • Dustin Schletzer – snare drum (9)

Technical

  • Chris Gehringermastering
  • Jaycen Joshuamixing (1, 3, 4, 6, 8)
  • Mick Guzauski – mixing (2, 7, 9, 10)
  • Tom Elmhirst – mixing (5)
  • Jake Aron – engineering
  • Miles B.A. Robinson – engineering
  • Yale Yng-Wong – engineering
  • Rob Cohen – engineering (4, 7, 8)
  • Maddox Chhim – engineering assistance (1, 3, 4, 6, 8)
  • Ryan Kaul – engineering assistance (1, 3, 4, 6, 8)
  • Chad Wilson – engineering assistance (4, 8)
  • Joe Visciano – engineering assistance (5)

ChartsEdit

Chart performance for Moth
Chart (2016) Peak
position
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[19] 7
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[20] 32

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Michelle Geslani (October 14, 2015). "Chairlift premiere new song "Ch-Ching" — listen". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  2. ^ Evan Minsker (November 30, 2015). "Chairlift Share New Single "Romeo"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  3. ^ a b Jazz Monroe (January 1, 2016). "Chairlift Detail New Album Moth". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  4. ^ Caroline Polachek (January 24, 2016). "Moth Album Art by Rebecca Bird". Twitter. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  5. ^ "Moth by Chairlift reviews | Any Decent Music". www.anydecentmusic.com. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Reviews for Moth by Chairlift". Metacritic. January 26, 2016. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  7. ^ a b Sendra, Tim (January 26, 2016). "Moth - Chairlift". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  8. ^ a b Carlick, Stephen (January 20, 2016). "Chairlift - Moth". Exclaim!. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  9. ^ Zevolli, Giuseppe (January 26, 2016). "Chairlift - Moth". Drowned in Sound. Archived from the original on January 27, 2016. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  10. ^ Andrew Unterberger (January 26, 2016). "Review: On 'Moth,' Chairlift Are Indeed That Kind of Band, Mama". Spin. Retrieved 2016-01-27.
  11. ^ Brad Nelson (January 20, 2016). "Chairlift: Moth". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2016-01-28.
  12. ^ Consequence of Sound Staff (December 28, 2015). "The 50 Most Anticipated Albums of 2016". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  13. ^ Pitchfork staff (January 12, 2016). "The 27 Albums We're Most Excited for in 2016". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  14. ^ Sterogum staff (December 28, 2015). "The 101 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2016". Stereogum. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  15. ^ Chris Payne (December 25, 2015). "10 Rock/Alternative Albums to Get You Amped For 2016: St. Lucia, Chairlift and Beyond". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  16. ^ Caitlin White (January 1, 2016). "Album of the Month: Chairlift's Moth". Brooklyn Magazine. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  17. ^ "Moth – Chairlift". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  18. ^ Jon Dolan (January 26, 2016). "Chairlift's New Album:Moth". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  19. ^ "Chairlift Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  20. ^ "Chairlift Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 16, 2018.