Black Taxi heat things up in “House on Fire.”
Black Taxi’s “House on Fire” is a signature slice of the new breed of stadium electro-pop: a track that combines spiky dance-punk guitars with M83 synth intensity and a fun.-size chorus. (Not to mention the horn break.) With all this below him, frontman Bill Mayo floats on, opening up his heart: “I just want to get along/ Like a house on a fire,” he sings. With the chorus’ fight against loneliness under way, the title image evokes the crackling home of Charlie Kaufman’s movie “Synecdoche, New York” — in that case, a metaphor for Philip Seymour Hoffman’s character’s internal instability, but here it’s something more hopeful.
Listen to Black Taxi’s “House On Fire” after the jump.
“House On Fire” is the band’s first taste of fresh material since sophomore set We Don’t Know Any Better, which landed in early 2012. Since then, the New York group seems to have found a second home in Austin, Texas: In addition to recording “House on Fire” there, they held down a marathon three-month residency at The Parish. Three months! You’re making the entire rest of indie rock look lazy, dudes. Black Taxi hasn’t announced a new album yet, but it’s our mission to find more where this came from — in the meantime, we’re pretty busy “House” hunting.
+ Listen to Black Taxi’s “House On Fire.”
Photo credit: Karen Seifert