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 (4 years ago) Permalink

'take it out on me' is pretty great

iatee, Tuesday, 31 January 2012 02:35 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

Fantastic single.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 12 February 2012 04:10 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

owenf, Sunday, 12 February 2012 12:13 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

^^^^^^ yep

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 12 February 2012 12:36 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

better than 2 bears

marginally

post, Sunday, 12 February 2012 21:07 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

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

post, Sunday, 12 February 2012 22:14 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

Band reminds me of an amuse-bouche

calstars, Saturday, 18 February 2012 18:18 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

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

Cuba Pudding, Jr. (jaymc), Saturday, 31 March 2012 07:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

I still love this album.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Saturday, 31 March 2012 20:01 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

Hopefully gonna see them in SF

kinder, Saturday, 31 March 2012 22:04 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

I STILL love this album.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Friday, 14 December 2012 19:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

Top ten single

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 14 December 2012 19:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

I STILL love this album.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Tuesday, 28 May 2013 20:01 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

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

Pingu Unchained (dog latin), Wednesday, 29 May 2013 00:36 (2 years 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 (1 year ago) Permalink

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

Toni Braxton-Hicks (Turrican), Wednesday, 19 February 2014 08:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

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

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 19 February 2014 09:58 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink

Tentative thumbs up for this. "Crying In Public" is great. The drawbacks are that I can't really hear "Show U Off" without thinking "this is good but I'd much prefer to hear a Knowles sister singing", and on a number of the tracks the transition from the chorus back to a verse or the middle 8 has been done quite clumsily.

art baengels (monotony), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 00:01 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

"this is good but I'd much prefer to hear a Knowles sister singing" was my complaint about "Ch-Ching" too.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 00:02 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I could definitely see some successful covers coming out of this

Check Yr Scrobbles (Moodles), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 00:27 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

half of this is quite good though not really on the same level as Something, but the other half ranges from clunky missteps to meandering nothings of songs

ufo, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 01:40 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

There are elements of this album I do like, I'll admit. For example, the outro to 'No Such Thing As Illusion' when it settles into the electronics and fretless bass is pure ear candy to me. Thing is, it's not joined to a particularly great song. 'Crying In Public', on the whole, is probably the only track on the record which I would consider to be a well-written song. 'Ottawa To Osaka' sounds like it would have fit in snugly on the first album, and I don't mean that as a compliment. The vocal on the chorus to 'Unfinished Business' makes me want to rip my rare off. 'Polymorphing' is probably the most successful of the "hope you like our new direction" stuff, but as good as 'I Belong In Your Arms', 'Amanaemomesia', 'Wrong Opinion', 'Met Before' etc.? God, no. 'Moth To A Flame' and 'Show U Off' are particularly crapola.

Turrican, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 21:39 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

'Moth To A Flame' and 'Show U Off' are particularly crapola.

ha these are my two favorite songs on the record! good times

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 21:39 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

xpost:

*rare=ears. Fucking autocorrect.

Turrican, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 21:41 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

'Look Up' is a pretty weak opener too. Basically, I just can't believe that, after four years, this was the best that they could come up with. A real mish-mash of confused ideas, ill-advised experiments and pandering bullshit.

Turrican, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 21:48 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

there are two great melodic phrases in "no such thing as illusion" and i like that they don't add anything to that, they just sort of inhabit the mood of the song for six minutes. it rules

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 21:49 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

It's no 'Guilty as Charged'

Turrican, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 21:52 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

yeah it really isn't their previous record

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 21:53 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

You're right about that. The previous one was actually good!

Turrican, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 21:54 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

lol

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 21:58 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Relistening to Something disappointed me. A fan of those keyboard crunches, discrete and discreet guitar, and Caroline Polachek's swoops may miss how many of those tracks are mere perfumed air. She's not a consistent songwriter. The best stretch on Moth, as Brad pointed out, is in the middle.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 22:21 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

yeah i've always found something uneven so i guess i'll never agree with turrican here

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 22:25 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

and "I Belong In Your Arms" is one of my tunes of the decade.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 22:26 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I agree that she's not a consistent songwriter, but I definitely think that Something is their most consistent record.

Turrican, Wednesday, 27 January 2016 14:15 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Moth to a Flame is definitely one of the highlights on this but it'd be one of the weaker ones on Something, which has always seemed consistent enough to me (certainly in comparison to Moth!)

ufo, Wednesday, 27 January 2016 14:31 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

"Moth to the Flame" is sweet but I can't shake the impression that they're trying to recapture the euphoria of the Talabot/Pional IBIYA remix

conditional random jepsen (seandalai), Friday, 29 January 2016 00:32 (1 week ago) Permalink

yeah wow halfway through this and really not liking it at all. Romeo is pleasant enough, probably a couple of others I'd listen to a bit more but otherwise, nup
I prefer if bands with ultimately a patchy output concentrate all their good ones onto one album so that's good I guess.

kinder, Sunday, 31 January 2016 12:58 (1 week ago) Permalink

I so wish the whole album was as good as Romeo and Crying in Public.

Kitchen Person, Monday, 1 February 2016 23:40 (1 week ago) Permalink

I like the stabs at R&B. I could live without the bits that sound like Sade after yodeling classes.

This would have been a fantastic EP.

Lurkers of the world, unite! (Sanpaku), Sunday, 7 February 2016 00:44 (4 days ago) Permalink

hugely disappointing album with a few good and no great songs

een, Sunday, 7 February 2016 01:00 (4 days ago) Permalink

I could live without the bits that sound like Sade after yodeling classes.

― Lurkers of the world, unite! (Sanpaku), Saturday, February 6, 2016 7:44 PM (Yesterday)

yes this description is perfect

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Sunday, 7 February 2016 21:34 (4 days ago) Permalink

How much are you betting that their next album is going to be their "argh! sorry we alienated a good portion of our fanbase... come back, come back!" record?

The Dave Grohl of ILX (Turrican), Monday, 8 February 2016 21:47 (3 days ago) Permalink

idk all three of their records are pretty different from each other

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Monday, 8 February 2016 21:53 (3 days ago) Permalink

I've kept:

Romeo
Moth to the Flame
Show U Off

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 8 February 2016 21:58 (3 days ago) Permalink

I've kept 'Crying In Public' and pretty much destroyed the rest.

The Dave Grohl of ILX (Turrican), Monday, 8 February 2016 22:06 (3 days ago) Permalink

Are you not into this album Turrican?

Kitchen Person, Monday, 8 February 2016 22:10 (3 days ago) Permalink

Hahaha... does it show? :D

The Dave Grohl of ILX (Turrican), Monday, 8 February 2016 22:16 (3 days ago) Permalink

This has grown on me a lot over a handful of plays. Romeo and Moth To The Flame tower above it all still though.

boxedjoy, Monday, 8 February 2016 23:18 (3 days ago) Permalink


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