Kelley Polar's excellent Love Songs of the Hanging Gardens didn't get nearly the amount of ink that similar-sounding LPs by Junior Boys and Hot Chip received. That obviously hasn't fazed him much. His newest single packs just as much confusion and discomfort into his distinctively shiny disco-pop template.
Things aren't exactly the same, though. “Chrysanthemum” has moved on from the shame of Love Songs to a minor-key revenge fantasy. “Make a chrysanthemum/ of every human head / Make a chrysanthemum/ and kill them in their beds” goes the sweetly harmonized chorus — and all of a sudden that sample of someone breathing transforms from “rhythmic device” to “creepy.” Brilliant.