Five Hot Chip Songs Turned Into Acoustic Gems

Hot Chip’s fifth album, In Our Heads, arrives today amid both an orgy of expectation and oodles of early acclaim. The latest long-player by London’s accessible electronic popsters follows in the wake of their biggest success so far in America, 2010’s One Life Stand. For all the aforementioned reasons and more, In Our Heads will not lack for attention, so it might be more productive to celebrate its release by peeking down a less traveled path on the Hot Chip musical map. Part of the Grammy-nominated group’s appeal is the fact that, despite their expertise at electronic production techniques and their undeniable dance-floor know-how, they have classic pop songwriting skills that add emotional heft and harmonic sophistication to their tracks. As proof, we went digging for the most momentous clips of artists offering up acoustic covers of Hot Chip’s synth-savvy tunes, from star turns to under-the-radar discoveries. There haven’t been this many folkies swooning over synth-pop tunes since Iron and Wine cut a Postal Service song.

1. Grizzly Bear, “Boy From School”

Brooklyn’s favorite art-folk outfit transmutes the percolating electro-disco feel of this single from Hot Chip’s second album, The Warning, into an atmospheric, acoustic guitar-based outing that emphasizes the lonesome feeling at the heart of the song.

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