“It’s about the world smashing into you, waves crashing into you, all-encompassing pain, and how you have to walk through it,” Alexis Taylor said of the song in a press release. “The verses are about separation when families are divided against their will. It’s about strong friends. It’s also about Samuel Beckett giving Andre the Giant lifts to school, and about how Beckett must have learned a lot from Andre’s wisdom.”
Hot Chip announced Freakout/Release back in April. The forthcoming LP arrives August 19 via Domino, and marks their first full-length in three years, following A Bath Full of Ecstasy. The band—comprising Alexis Taylor, Owen Clarke, Al Doyle, Joe Goddard, and Felix Martin—recorded the album at their own Relax & Enjoy Studio in East London.
Hot Chip enlisted collaborators Cadence Weapon, Soulwax, and Lou Hayter for the 11-track record. It includes lead single “Down,” which prominently samples Universal Togetherness Band’s “More Than Enough.”
Read more about Freakout/Release in Pitchfork’s list “The 37 Most Anticipated Albums of Summer 2022: Angel Olsen, Lizzo, Bartees Strange, Nick Cave, and More.”