Via Audio readies sophomore album with free download of first song, 'Babies'

It doesn’t look as though there will be a shortage of sleek electropop in 2010. Not only does Hot Chip have a (very good) new album on the way, Brooklyn’s Via Audio releases its sophomore album Feb. 23.

Formed in 2003 at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Via Audio put out a self-released EP that caught the ears of Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla and Spoon’s Jim Eno, who produced “Say Something,” Via Audio’s acclaimed 2007 full-length debut.

The group re-teamed with Eno at his home studio in Austin, Texas, for “Animalore,” which ventures from lo-fi electronica to the glossy pop of “Babies,” the first single. It’s socially conscious and sexy: “I know the world is overcrowded,” they sing. “But I want to make babies with you.”

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