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

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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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four years ago) Permalink

better than 2 bears

marginally

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

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

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

Band reminds me of an amuse-bouche

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

one 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 (four 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 (four years ago) Permalink

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

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

I still love this album.

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

Hopefully gonna see them in SF

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

three 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 (four years ago) Permalink

seven 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 (three years ago) Permalink

I STILL love this album.

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

Top ten single

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

five months pass...

I STILL love this album.

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

eight 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 (two years ago) Permalink

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

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

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

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 19 February 2014 09:58 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

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

kinder, Saturday, 26 April 2014 16:08 (two years ago) Permalink

four 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 (two years ago) Permalink

btw my favorite track from the Caroline solo album is probably

jaymc, Friday, 12 September 2014 05:52 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

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

jaymc, Friday, 12 September 2014 05:59 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

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

jaymc, Friday, 12 September 2014 06:13 (two years ago) Permalink

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

kinder, Friday, 12 September 2014 11:52 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

one 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 (one year ago) Permalink

also there's this

Merdeyeux, Friday, 31 October 2014 23:58 (one year ago) Permalink

nor sure that adds much to the original (which is extraordinary)

I dunno. (amateurist), Saturday, 1 November 2014 22:53 (one year ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

About fucking time!

I was just listening to Something this morning, too - it's still as good as ever.

Turrican, Saturday, 10 October 2015 11:07 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Re: the sound clip on that Twitter post - I'm hoping there's at least going to be a decent song at the end of that. The melody seems a bit 'Inspector Gadget' to me for some reason.

Turrican, Saturday, 10 October 2015 17:30 (eleven months ago) Permalink

it's also their best song

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Sunday, 1 May 2016 08:19 (four months ago) Permalink

whoever called this 'yodel Sade' is 100% OTM. I just can't take this new album seriously. Romeo is a jam though.

TARANTINO! (dog latin), Sunday, 1 May 2016 12:52 (four months ago) Permalink

Been listening to this again and it just leaves me cold.
I need to get up to speed with the Shambhala thread as I am desperate for good new musics

kinder, Sunday, 1 May 2016 13:03 (four months ago) Permalink

I like most of the upbeat tracks on here, but there are plenty of duds weighing it down

Check Yr Scrobbles (Moodles), Sunday, 1 May 2016 14:02 (four months ago) Permalink

'Crying In Public' is lovely, yeah. My one keeper from a thoroughly sub-par and cripplingly woeful LP.

2rrican (Turrican), Sunday, 1 May 2016 16:46 (four months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

"Moth" must be one of the most dire follow-ups to a great record in memory.

Ross, Thursday, 8 September 2016 03:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, they totally blew it with this one. I'll still be giving their next record a listen out of curiosity, but I'm hoping it'll be an improvement.

the hair - it's lost its energy (Turrican), Thursday, 8 September 2016 03:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I thought this record was quite so-so on release but I've really come around to a lot of it.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Thursday, 8 September 2016 07:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i wouldn't say they entirely blew it! it's not an excellent album but it has some catchy stuff on it, and a little bit of resonant stuff.

wizzz! (amateurist), Thursday, 8 September 2016 15:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

her vocal mannerisms do really need to be either dialed down or changed up.

wizzz! (amateurist), Thursday, 8 September 2016 15:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

it's the incessant shifts b/t falsetto and natural voice that she does with such facility that she seems to want to do them on every verse.

wizzz! (amateurist), Thursday, 8 September 2016 15:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It's not THAT bad?? I haven't gone back to it much though. I keep wanting to play certain tracks off it when I'm DJing or when I've got people round but each track has a slightly cringey moment that puts me off playing it to other people.

TARANTINO! (dog latin), Thursday, 8 September 2016 15:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

'No Such Thing As Illusion'

this song seems to kind of give the game away that they just weren't coming up with a lot of good songs so they made room for a tossed-off bit of 'ambient' filler.

as with everything there will be people who genuinely like it and why not.

wizzz! (amateurist), Thursday, 8 September 2016 15:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

There's a good EP hiding between the yodeling Sade moments.

gesticulating Pez dispenser (Sanpaku), Sunday, 11 September 2016 17:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Kind of miss their more indie pop/rock tunes. Would've been a good substitute for the dull yodelers.

Al Moon Faced Poon (Moodles), Sunday, 11 September 2016 18:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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