The dynamic duo of Charlotte Adigéry and Bolis Pupul have shared yet another bop of a track off their upcoming Soulwax co-produced album Topical Dancer, entitled “HAHA”. Previous singles “Thank You” and “Blenda” further established their knack for subverting the platitudinous into quick-witted critical commentary. It also helps that Adigéry and Pupul possess the productional smarts to make any living soul prance around like a complete fool.
“HAHA” doubles down even more on Adigéry’s signature lyrical minimalism: in fact, there’s but one hook, and a great one at that: “Guess you had to be there”. The song samples Adigéry’s burst of laughter, expertly and infectiously laced in between the song’s slinky electronic beat, in a way putting a modern spin on eighties luminaries such as Yello and Jean-Michel Jarre.
Obviously, this is a song of suggestion rather than one of confession, though some hints of its backstory might be found in the offbeat musical video. The commentary the two artists have given remains just as cryptic: “a visual shorthand for unhatched potential”. We’ll leave it for you to unwrap whether this is allegorical or a creative exploration of an inside joke. Undoubtedly, it’s fun as heck. Watch and listen to “HAHA” below.