Spoon's Britt Daniel: "'Hot Thoughts' sounds different to our other records - if it was ground we’d covered before, we tried to stay away from it. What Dave [Fridmann] is interested in is fucking things up, making sounds that are abrasive, confrontational or surprising. He says, “Subtlety is our enemy.” To me, the best way to get somewhere is to have a bit of intention with a song, but then you throw some things at it that you never could’ve expected. When that happens, the beautiful stuff comes. So I feel good about where we are now. But it also feels like a dark time."