The Chills

Mojo (UK) - - Filter Albums - Andy Fyfe

★★★★ Snow Bound FIRE. CD/DL/LP Psy­che­delic pop thrills from a man who by all ac­counts should be dead.

There’s noth­ing quite like being told you’re go­ing to die to fo­cus your thoughts. Now clear of the hep­ati­tis C that was close to claim­ing his life, The Chills’ Martin Phillipps vis­its themes of age­ing and mor­tal­ity, the loss of guid­ing he­roes and won­der­ing why the re­bel­lion of his youth has dis­si­pated in sub­se­quent gen­er­a­tions. In­stead of sound­ing like Grandpa Simp­son, com­ing to terms with hav­ing any fu­ture at all has rein­vig­o­rated Phillipps, the songs filled with pop hooks among a fair­ground psychedelia that is denser and darker than ever. The usual mod­ern tar­gets are aimed at – so­cial me­dia trolls, re­li­gious zealots, fake news, disin­gen­u­ous pub­lic fig­ures – but, al­ways a unique voice, Phillipps is as re­fresh­ingly con­cil­ia­tory as he is ar­row straight. It may be noth­ing par­tic­u­larly new, but it’s the way he tells ‘em.

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