Hot (ish) on the heels of the hugely successful ‘Snow Bound’ (2018) and the critically-acclaimed movie ‘The Chills: The Triumph And Tragedy Of Martin Phillipps’ a year later, The Chills release their seventh album ‘Scatterbrain’ on 14th May on Fire Records.
A triumphant new Chills album, from Dunedin’s finest, ‘Scatterbrain’ is a thought-provoking and evocative stock take from a man who has lived through good times and bad.
Viewed from the perspective of a man understanding his age and indeed his own mortality, the new album is underpinned, as ever, with catchy melodies and an incisive turn of phrase.
There’s a stark honesty in these songs, we live in hope and with a gloriously uplifting 32 minutes to play on repeat as the world continues to confuse. ‘Scatterbrain’ is a life passing before your ears as uncertainty increases and fake news rumbles on; during which aliens invade, Phillipps scales the walls beyond abandon as he probes the minutiae of worlds within worlds and the hourglass fills.
A landmark album from one of the great modern song writers, it’s pure pop music for the new normal and we can’t wait to see how it ends…
Many conspiracy theorists don’t seem to appreciate the vast numbers of people who would have to be ‘in on the secret’ – and that humans are not good at keeping secrets.
They also miss that scientists, under severe peer scrutiny, are actually working to protect and enlighten them.”
Martin Phillipps on ‘Worlds Within Worlds’
‘Scatterbrain’ is released on Ltd edition Deep Sea Marble LP, Sky Blue LP and CD with artwork from David Costa (Trees)
Photo credit: Alex Lovell-Smith