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ALEXIS TAYLOR


Best known as Hot Chip's clear-voiced frontman, Alexis Taylor also pursues a solo career as an introspective singer/songwriter, exploring distinct themes and ideas with each record. Alexis’ sixth and strongest solo album to date 'Silence' is released this September. Mostly composed in enforced isolation, Silence is a beautifully rich and unexpected conceptual album that has seen early comparisons with a notably eclectic range of artists including Mark Hollis, George Michael, Big Star, Epic Soundtracks and Maher Shalal Hash Baz. Taylor's debut, Rubbed Out, arrived in 2008 and found him trading his band's percolating electropop for more intimate, often acoustic fare. His duties with Hot Chip and his other project, About Group, kept him busy until 2014, when he resurfaced with the similarly gentle and reflective Await Barbarians, which featured him on every instrument except strings. For 2016's Piano, Taylor recorded a set of original songs and covers arranged for just piano and vocals at Hackney Road Studios with Shuta Shinoda. The following year, two companion albums arrived: Listen with Piano, which blended Taylor's songs with contributions from artists including Green Gartside, Jennifer Herrema, Papa M, and Brian DeGraw, and Listen With(out) Piano, which featured the work of Taylor's collaborators on their own. For the first time, Taylor brought in an outside producer to record his fifth album, Beautiful Thing; the album appeared in April 2018.