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 (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

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 (1 year 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 year ago) Permalink

btw my favorite track from the Caroline solo album is probably

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

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

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

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

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

also there's this

Merdeyeux, Friday, 31 October 2014 23:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

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

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

11 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 (3 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 (3 months ago) Permalink

xpost:

*rare=ears. Fucking autocorrect.

Turrican, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 21:41 (1 week 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 (1 week 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 (1 week ago) Permalink

It's no 'Guilty as Charged'

Turrican, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 21:52 (1 week ago) Permalink

yeah it really isn't their previous record

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 21:53 (1 week ago) Permalink

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

Turrican, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 21:54 (1 week ago) Permalink

lol

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 21:58 (1 week 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 (1 week 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 (1 week 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 (1 week 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 (1 week 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 (1 week 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 (6 days 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 (5 days ago) Permalink


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