Alexis Taylor, frontman of Hot Chip, has announced his third solo record Piano and shared its lead single "I'm Ready".
The cut sees Taylor strip everything back to just piano and vocals - which continues through the rest of the record. Piano sees Taylor interpreting his own previous works and those of other artists; he describes it as "an athiest's gospel album".
"I had always wanted to make a loose and to some extent unplanned piano record," Taylor says of the album. "[it's] 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."
Taylor is set to play Cardiff's Tramshed on 9 June and London's Burgh House on 15 June. More live dates are set to be revealed in the near future.
Moshi Moshi will release Piano on 10 June. Oliver Payne has created the cover art.
Stream "I'm Ready" below.