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

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oh. when i saw the nano ad i thought it was some feist outtake or something.

tipsy mothra, Sunday, 28 September 2008 19:08 (7 years ago) Permalink

the bits of this threat that mention 4AD and shimmering guitars make me rub my hands with glee.

the bits that mention feist and bat for lashes make me rub my temples and say: "oh".

still. i shall listen at some point. not now, though. i can't really be arsed. not a great sign, that.

right, we all start when the drum machine starts, lads (grimly fiendish), Sunday, 28 September 2008 19:43 (7 years ago) Permalink

thread, that should be. not threat. although perhaps i'm on to something there.

right, we all start when the drum machine starts, lads (grimly fiendish), Sunday, 28 September 2008 19:43 (7 years ago) Permalink

this record blows

jigglepanda.gif (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 28 September 2008 20:03 (7 years ago) Permalink

this is fucking awful. seriously, it's like some slick but passionless female-led twee-cure tribute band. "evident utensil" made my teeth itch. if i never hear that again, it'll be too soon.

"bruises" is marginally better -- at least, the mercifully vocal-free middle eight is OK, as is the "doo-doo-doo" bit. but the combination of the, heh, "beat" and the rest of the singing could drive a man to drink.

right, we all start when the drum machine starts, lads (grimly fiendish), Sunday, 28 September 2008 21:46 (7 years ago) Permalink

8 months pass...

This is so terrible. I was going to start a thread to express my hatred for this song but the search turned this up.
I heard this on a commercial last year I think; heard the full version today on the radio driving home from work. The part where the male vocal comes in makes me see red.
I am a grown man and I usually have a high tolerance for shit but this song ruined my drive.

chad, Thursday, 28 May 2009 00:59 (6 years ago) Permalink

The album transforms some golden elements to lead, maybe the rhythm programming is at fault. That said, the video for "Evident Utinsil" is the most psychedelic bit of video compression kludge hacking I've encountered:

Derelict, Thursday, 28 May 2009 01:18 (6 years ago) Permalink

Not the same thing but reminded me a bit of Takagi Masakatsu:

Mark, Thursday, 28 May 2009 01:33 (6 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

Just saw them. Not really shimmery, more just kind of loudly echoey. It reminded me of mid-80s Peter Gabriel. Sort of enjoyed lead singer's hippie antics. Liked two songs out of the six I heard, didn't stay for "Bruises."

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 25 September 2009 04:48 (6 years ago) Permalink

7 months pass...

http://vimeo.com/11398692

awesome

da croupier, Monday, 3 May 2010 19:26 (5 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Their new album, 'Something', came out today and is now on Spotify, and I'm on what must be my 4th or 5th listen now, and it's pretty pretty good. It's definitely doing a lot more for me than their debut did (although it had some decent stuff on it, I thought, like 'Planet Health'). I don't think there's anything on here as sickly sweet as 'Bruises', which is a good thing in my eyes, and my impression is that this is more of a melodic, poppy song-based record, with some (but not all) of the quirk toned down.

Turrican, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 20:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

this album is really good! first great album of 2012.

Michael B Higgins (Michael B), Sunday, 29 January 2012 19:18 (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), 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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

like only "ottawa to osaka" and "unfinished business" strike me as shapeless and hermetic maybe, and those are growing on me

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 19 January 2016 19:03 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

yeah "ottawa to osaka" was one of the very bad ideas

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Tuesday, 19 January 2016 19:52 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Having heard all of the tracks previewed so far from this record, it's fair to say at this stage that this record isn't going to be for me. Oh well, at least Something still remains a killer record, but as far as I can see, my enthusiasm for this band stops right here.

Turrican, Thursday, 21 January 2016 17:27 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

yeah this album is kind of a mess

j. winters (josh), Friday, 22 January 2016 00:06 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I really liked "Moth to the Flame," "Crying in Public" and "Ch-Ching," iffy on "Romeo." vv curious to hear the rest.

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Friday, 22 January 2016 01:23 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

this is ok on first listen but nowhere near Something really. 'kind of a mess' is accurate though. no idea what they were going for on Ottawa to Osaka. i like the breezy feeling on some of the tracks, wasn't really expecting that from the singles, sort of wish they did more with that.

ufo, Friday, 22 January 2016 01:58 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

i obv love messes

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Friday, 22 January 2016 04:47 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

the instrumentation on "polymorphing" and "show u off" <3

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Friday, 22 January 2016 04:47 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I had never heard of this band until 2 days ago and I've listened to Moth about 10 times already and currently spinning it an 11th time

MrExplorer, Monday, 25 January 2016 08:45 (1 week ago) Permalink

It's so infectious. Show U Off and Moth to the Flame are faves

MrExplorer, Monday, 25 January 2016 08:45 (1 week ago) Permalink

there are some decent tracks here, I still like Ch-Ching and Romeo a lot, but it is definitely a disappointment compared to Something. The overall vibe is a bit too sappy for me and there just aren't as many huge hooks as I was hoping for.

Check Yr Scrobbles (Moodles), Monday, 25 January 2016 19:21 (1 week ago) Permalink

This Is also the first time I listened to them and I'm feeling some Haim vibes. Is it just me?

Nourry, Monday, 25 January 2016 19:55 (1 week ago) Permalink

Love the first half but it loses me on the second. The last two songs in particular are such a disappointing end to the album. Can't remember a single thing about them.

Kitchen Person, Monday, 25 January 2016 19:56 (1 week ago) Permalink

aw i love the last song, it's so spacious and twisting

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Monday, 25 January 2016 19:57 (1 week ago) Permalink

Okay, so I did listen to the album, and yes it is as terrible as I suspected it would be. A shame, as I was eagerly awaiting this record.

Turrican, Monday, 25 January 2016 20:07 (1 week ago) Permalink

i'm genuinely surprised by how divisive this record is. huh

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Monday, 25 January 2016 20:13 (1 week ago) Permalink

i mean i sort of get it

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Monday, 25 January 2016 20:16 (1 week ago) Permalink

it doesn't sound like something very much at all and on many of the tracks they kind of go for this kinda petrified electro pop but i am so down with that aesthetic, especially when it is married to massive hooks ("polymorphing," "moth to the flame," "show u off"). hard for me to conceive of these as "terrible" in any sense

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Monday, 25 January 2016 20:21 (1 week ago) Permalink

- "crying in decent" is good but they have a high bar to clear with "i belong in your arms" and this doesn't clear it; similarly "romeo" is aimed square at my musical tastes and yet somehow misses
- "ottawa to osaka" is the song equivalent of lost in translation, i.e. japan as backdrop for sluggish love affair and "whoa, we're so foreign here"
- I'm sure the last half of "show u off" was very fun to record but christ it never should have been released to the public
- there really aren't that many hooks here at all?

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Monday, 25 January 2016 23:18 (1 week ago) Permalink

"Ottawa to Osaka" is a half step or two from being R&B but the choice to sing in a rather plummy way makes the thing fussy.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 25 January 2016 23:26 (1 week ago) Permalink

the spoken stuff at the end of "show u off" is fun idk. everything in that song is a hook

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Monday, 25 January 2016 23:35 (1 week ago) Permalink

if it's reeeeeaaaaalll

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Monday, 25 January 2016 23:38 (1 week 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 (1 week 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 (1 week ago) Permalink

I could definitely see some successful covers coming out of this

Check Yr Scrobbles (Moodles), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 00:27 (1 week 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 (1 week 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 (1 week 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 (1 week 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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