Were it not for Daft Punk’s acute annihilation of conventional PR paradigm last spring, fellow compatriots and Gallic alt. pop gents Phoenix’ penchant for cajoling others into recomposing works from their latest, Bankrupt!, would doubtless have been heralded as the stunt of this, or indeed any season. And with anyone and everyone from Dinosaur Jr. to Dirty Projectors having had a stab at Entertainment, it’s this time the turn of Brooklynite noise-pop pariahs Sleigh Bells to bring some much-needed vivacity to the otherwise somewhat aseptic Chloroform. Reconveived as a kind of off-kilter ’90s pop redux – think Angels With Dirty Faces by way of scrappy brattish vocal interjections, cataclysmic rhythmic samples and premonitory chop and screw – it comes replete with added pop rhetoric interpolated in its original lyrics, Alexis Krauss candidly acknowledging: “Every lover has to suffer” before mellowing to admit to Mars’ initial quip. Likely the average Pitchfork acolyte’s wildest reverie, “I will marry you on Tuesday” she chirps sanguinely, although even for a Wednesday it makes for a darn perky rework.
Bankrupt! is out now on Atlantic Records.