Boomkat Product Review:
There's nothing worse than a review which compares the artist in question to another, top or tailing it with the trusty 'on acid...' caveat. Well brace yourself bwoooooy, for here is The Chap; LCD Soundsystem on acid. With sparse grooves tumbling forth like Haggard and Henty, The (three piece) Chap fuse a pic'n'mix bag of disco, electro(nica), funk, and sleazy rock together into a fidgeting whole which delights and confounds in equal measures. Opening with a propulsive Liquid Liquid bassline that could knock an Anemometer clean over, first track 'Baby I'm Hurting' overtly appears to take itself very seriously (in a Talking Heads kind of way), with dissonant violins, bourbon rock sensibilities and half chanted/half sung vocals cracking the pop wall clean open. Changing influences at a drop of a hat, next up is 'Woop Woop'; a satirical look at the excitement of releasing a record that is so full of knowing asides it could easily have turned into a Shoreditch-endorsed haircut anthem were it not for the beautiful production. The dead-pan vocals of 'Woop Woop' are delivered over sparse electronics which sporadically burst into life through shards of deranged strings whilst, elsewhere, 'Now Woel' sounds like A zeitgeist-tumbling garage rock concoction, 'Woop' (just the one this time) is a delicate acoustic watercolour, and 'Arizona' shows an affinity with Manual, My Bloody Valentine and Telefon Tel Aviv. Not as odd as it thinks it is, 'Ham' is nonetheless a charming collection of AM-roaming compositions that will have something for everybody.