Alexis Taylor - Photo by Stuart Leech

Photo by Stuart Leech

Beloved HOT CHIP mastermind ALEXIS TAYLOR has recorded a new solo album. Piano follows Await Babarians from 2014 and arrives on June 10 via Moshi Moshi Records. As the title already hints the record will be an intimate and recuded experience, based on just TAYLOR‘s voice and piano play.

In a press release he explains:

‘I had always wanted to make a loose and to some extent unplanned piano record – partly inspired by an un-made but suggested Alex Chilton solo piano LP that a friend of mine told me about 15 years ago or so. I began one a few years back which then morphed into the second About Group LP – but the idea stayed in the back of my mind all the while.

The idea with this record was to choose songs of my own and others’ that were personal to me and to document live performances which were intimate and unadorned. I wanted to reduce everything to the barest elements, record a great piano well and do as little as possible to the recordings eq or effects-wise. The mood created on the record is pretty different from that on other records I have been involved with. It feels like a special place to be able to go to.’

A first song from the album goes by the name I’m Ready and is up for stream below. Don’t forget to revisit NOTHING BUT HOPE AND PASSION‘s interview with ALEXIS TAYLOR from last year right here.