Chairlift - Bruises (This year's "Heartbeats"/"Young Folks")

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This is a good album. Maybe not a great one for me. 'I Belong In Your Arms' towers above everything else, but there are some lovely moments on the rest of it.

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Tuesday, 31 January 2012 02:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

'take it out on me' is pretty great

iatee, Tuesday, 31 January 2012 02:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is a good album. Maybe not a great one for me. 'I Belong In Your Arms' towers above everything else, but there are some lovely moments on the rest of it.

― Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Monday, January 30, 2012 9:17 PM (46 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

cosign all of this. "Take It Out on Me" sounds a lot like some 80s/90s pop song but I can't put my finger on it. the whole production dredges up nostalgia for me in a way that might ruin it if I figure out the sources.

skip, Tuesday, 31 January 2012 03:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

listening now, the bass line is amazing in "I Belong in Your Arms". Maybe the overall sound is an a-ha rehash but it's so refreshing to hear an indie electro track with musicianship in both composition and instrumental and vocal performance.

skip, Tuesday, 31 January 2012 03:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

Re "Take It Out on Me" 80s flashback: In the line "cause business is cruel" -- the eay the final L is pronounced, plus maybe the near-trisyllabicity of "business" -- I'm getting mild Claudia Brücken vibes, possibly strengthened by how the synth is being hammered along in a manner not entirely unlike "Duel".

anatol_merklich, Friday, 10 February 2012 15:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

There are some great lyrics on here, simple but very effective. Like in the last song, "but if I gave you what you're asking for / I know you wouldn't want it anymore..."

Lovely album.

Tim F, Friday, 10 February 2012 15:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

i'll have to check this out. I did quite like that "Bruises" (I'm immune to twee shit), but the rest of the debut wasn't great.

Laughing Gravy (dog latin), Friday, 10 February 2012 16:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

refreshing to hear an indie electro track with musicianship in both composition and instrumental and vocal performance.

v much agree with this (for the whole album really, not just IBiYA); nothing at all there is timid or defensive.

Haha watched the "Amanaemonesia" video now, they have seen some K Bush videos from c1980 perhaps?

Oh and since my association engine seems to be running in overdrive: Just heard "Bruises" for the first time as well, and uhm might Lena of Eurovision-winning 2010 fame have been aware of this thing? :-P

anatol_merklich, Friday, 10 February 2012 22:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

Only had this on in the background in the morning around breakfast and coffee, but can confirm Tim's call that the first tracks are a perfect run of 1985 pop.

MikoMcha, Friday, 10 February 2012 22:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Fantastic single.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 12 February 2012 04:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

Is "Amanaemonesia" the first single off this album? I listened to that one on the radio and I thought it was pretty good. I've only listened once but I got the impression that they were chaneling Kate Bush and Stereolab at some points. The host had a hard time pronouncing its name properly.

Moka, Sunday, 12 February 2012 08:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

This left me a bit cold on first listen and I'm struggling to put my finger on why.

Matt DC, Sunday, 12 February 2012 11:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

owenf, Sunday, 12 February 2012 12:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

This also brings to mind the Christine McVie songs on Tango In The Night for me.

Tim F, Sunday, 12 February 2012 12:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

^^^^^^ yep

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 12 February 2012 12:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Really like the record but it's incoherent as fuck. I've listened to it several times all the way through and I'm still struggling to get a sense of it as one thing at all.

Amanaemonesia was played at the party I was at last night and it sounded pretty great in that setting, but I Belong In Your Arms is absolutely the best track on the album.

Upt0eleven, Sunday, 12 February 2012 12:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Really like 'Take it out on me' but cannot for the life of me pinpoint the songs it sounds exactly like (in terms of tune, not production)

kinder, Sunday, 12 February 2012 20:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

It doesn't strike me as being particularly incoherent, it's all pretty standard 80s-inflected indie blog pop to these ears. There are a couple of nice songs but I think that 2/3rds of the album fall down by just not being very interesting melodically. It's one of those records where you can hear that from the basslines upward.

Matt DC, Sunday, 12 February 2012 20:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

There are a handful of good songs though - I like Take It Out On Me and Cool As A Fire particularly. The rest I can take or leave.

Matt DC, Sunday, 12 February 2012 20:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

i gave this a listen a couple of months ago - had never heard of them before, saw a couple of people raving about the album - and thought it was extremely dull

first period don't give a fuck, second period gon get cut (lex pretend), Sunday, 12 February 2012 21:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

better than 2 bears

marginally

post, Sunday, 12 February 2012 21:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

Aside from "I Belong In Your Arms", "Wrong Opinion" is the standout for me. So glassy. It's like a female-fronted Icehouse.

Tim F, Sunday, 12 February 2012 21:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

just realized my last post reads like a compliment, is not the intention

post, Sunday, 12 February 2012 22:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

I didn't care much for the first album, but this one presses a lot of my buttons, providing a bed for Polachek's remarkable vocals that isn't as averse to simple pleasures. Its rewarded repeat listens and I think its the best thing of its sort (New Wave textured indie pop) so far this year. That said, it'll probably fall out of rotation when the School of Seven Bells LP is released.

Sanpaku, Sunday, 12 February 2012 23:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Agreed, I started off just liking the ones mentioned but really enjoying the whole thing now.

kinder, Sunday, 12 February 2012 23:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

new one is a thumbs up for me. amanamanamanesia is my fave so far

The Invisible Superstars (dog latin), Saturday, 18 February 2012 16:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

I haven't made my mind up on this despite a few plays. It reminds me of Glasser, with more pop song structure and hooky choruses. There is some Stereolab sounding stuff there and plenty of other influences.. I'm not sure it is more than the collection of influences, whether it stands out at all. "I belong in your arms" is pretty catchy.

mmmm, Saturday, 18 February 2012 17:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Its a charcoal sketchbook by a preternaturally talented but untutored artist. The production is thin, the sound patches preset, the lyrics vague when present. One only wonders whether a full set of oils and canvas would ruin the charm.

Pauper Management Improved (Sanpaku), Saturday, 18 February 2012 17:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

^ Posted in the wrong thread. I thought I was in the Grimes thread.

Pauper Management Improved (Sanpaku), Saturday, 18 February 2012 17:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Band reminds me of an amuse-bouche

calstars, Saturday, 18 February 2012 18:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

really enjoying the new album, especially with repeat plays. some quality infectious party-numbers stacked upfront ("sidewalk safari", "i belong in your arms", "take it out on me") and some delicate and unconventional, though no less pretty, stuff tailing it out. love the unique phrasing and spacey, almost alt-country leanings of "frigid springs" and the icy Victorialand-isms of "turning". there's a distinct Sincerely Yours vibe happening in parts and a whole lot of 80s obviously, but i'm finding the package as a whole quite original and refreshing.

charlie h, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 09:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's so much better than that first album. Can't believe it's the same band TBH.

Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Tuesday, 27 March 2012 10:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

Just saw them live. Fantastic show. Caroline is adorable.

Cuba Pudding, Jr. (jaymc), Saturday, 31 March 2012 07:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

I still love this album.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Saturday, 31 March 2012 20:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

"I Belong in Your Arms" is year end top five for sure. Love that bass line.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 31 March 2012 20:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Great song. The ones that I keep coming back to the most are 'Wrong Opinion', 'Amanaemonesia' and especially 'Met Before'.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Saturday, 31 March 2012 20:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hopefully gonna see them in SF

kinder, Saturday, 31 March 2012 22:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Very likeable live band if last night at the Scala is anything to go by. They seemed to amp up the 80s-ness even more than on the album and de-tweed Bruises a little - by swapping out the strawberries verse for one from Melt With You - which fit better with stuff from the new album.

Upt0eleven, Thursday, 26 April 2012 10:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

7 months pass...

"i belong in your arms" is a monster of a song, have had it on repeat all day

ciderpress, Friday, 14 December 2012 18:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

I STILL love this album.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Friday, 14 December 2012 19:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

Top ten single

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 14 December 2012 19:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

I STILL love this album.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Tuesday, 28 May 2013 20:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

I need to bust this out some more. Discovered it through the EOY poll results (which I'm still processing, really) and thought it was a big standout.

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 28 May 2013 20:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

This, the Wild Nothing record (Nocturne) and the School Of Seven Bells album are all still getting regularly played here!

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Tuesday, 28 May 2013 20:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

The kind of album where you think 'yeah I like a couple of songs on that' until you play it all the way through and there are maybe two short moments where it's slightly less than excellent.

Pingu Unchained (dog latin), Wednesday, 29 May 2013 00:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

And I've been really enjoying Poliça for similar reasons recently too

Pingu Unchained (dog latin), Wednesday, 29 May 2013 00:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

8 months pass...

New solo project from Caroline Polachek by the name Ramona Lisa. This song doesn't really go anywhere, but something else from the upcoming record might not suck.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 19 February 2014 08:07 (8 months ago) Permalink

Interesting... I thought Chairlift were in the studio last year?

Toni Braxton-Hicks (Turrican), Wednesday, 19 February 2014 08:14 (8 months ago) Permalink

It's nice to see Julia Holter's influence at work.

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 19 February 2014 09:58 (8 months ago) Permalink

I think there should be a new chairlift album soon too. But Caroline's been busy, she's done collaborations with blood orange and wrote "no angel", amongst other things.

pearly-dewdrops' bops (monotony), Wednesday, 19 February 2014 12:29 (8 months ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

Caroline's solo album under name of 'Ramona Lisa' is available to stream on Soundcloud

kinder, Saturday, 26 April 2014 16:08 (6 months ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

Was listening to SOMETHING today and was reminded of how a friend of mine got really into Chairlift b/c they reminded him of Tears for Fears

jaymc, Friday, 12 September 2014 05:50 (1 month ago) Permalink

btw my favorite track from the Caroline solo album is probably

jaymc, Friday, 12 September 2014 05:52 (1 month ago) Permalink

Caroline's solo album under name of 'Ramona Lisa' is available to stream on Soundcloud

― kinder, Saturday, April 26, 2014 11:08 AM (4 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

man did nobody care about this at all?

i kind of forgot about them.

I dunno. (amateurist), Friday, 12 September 2014 05:55 (1 month ago) Permalink

"Backwards and Upwards" is the track to recommend to Ned/DJP-types.

jaymc, Friday, 12 September 2014 05:59 (1 month ago) Permalink

I never heard the ramona lisa album b/c I heard that it was a more experimental work and presumed it was just Caroline trying out ideas rather than essential listening. I'm hoping a new Chairlift album materialises soon.

"No Angel" still one of the best songs of the past 12 months imo

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Friday, 12 September 2014 06:10 (1 month ago) Permalink

I never heard the ramona lisa album b/c I heard that it was a more experimental work and presumed it was just Caroline trying out ideas rather than essential listening.

yeah that is probably true tbh

jaymc, Friday, 12 September 2014 06:13 (1 month ago) Permalink

i mean still worth a listen if you like her/chairlift but decidedly non-essential

jaymc, Friday, 12 September 2014 06:13 (1 month ago) Permalink

Couple of great tracks iirc, the rest not so much. Must re-visit...

kinder, Friday, 12 September 2014 11:52 (1 month ago) Permalink

She just announced on Twitter that it's available for free download for the next 2 weeks:
https://bundles.bittorrent.com/bundles/ramonalisa

jaymc, Friday, 12 September 2014 18:05 (1 month ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

i'm a bit surprised by the mild response to the ramona lisa album, i've been very into it this week. i think she creates a very interesting vibe with the midi instrumentation, somehow both thin and warm.

Merdeyeux, Friday, 31 October 2014 23:57 (Yesterday) Permalink

also there's this

Merdeyeux, Friday, 31 October 2014 23:58 (Yesterday) Permalink


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