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

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It's on the Apple Ipod Nano advert at the moment. Gorgeous bit of sweet electropop loveliness. Any opinions?

the next grozart, Sunday, 28 September 2008 10:24 (eleven years ago) link

3 more tracks on myspace


brilliant progressive art-pop rock - i love the atmospherics of the instrumentation and moody female vocals, they remind me a bit of the early 80s band The Passions or early Sinead 0'Connor - also some Fleetwood Mac influence or Norwegian band White Willow on their last album,

a UK equivalent band of Chairlift in 2008, although with male vocals would be: The Week that Was

djmartian, Sunday, 28 September 2008 11:15 (eleven years ago) link

the rest of the album is quite different from this particular song... like a cross between MGMT and early 4AD bands, but tending more towards the latter. The guitars kind of shimmer in a way that hasn't been done since 1984 and the vocals are very Dead Can Dance/Cocteaus quasi-goth style. It's good, but it's a shame there's nothing else on there that sounds as nice as Bruises.

the next grozart, Sunday, 28 September 2008 13:58 (eleven years ago) link

I'm really into "Planet Health" and its slow-burning Kate Bush-isms.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 28 September 2008 18:15 (eleven years ago) link

Bat for Lashes fans should jump on the Chairlift bandwagon

djmartian, Sunday, 28 September 2008 18:58 (eleven years ago) link

guardian band of the day feature:

No 382: Chairlift
Like the lost soundtrack to a movie that was never made, today's band are hard to pin down, but that makes them all the more bewitching

djmartian, Sunday, 28 September 2008 19:00 (eleven years ago) link

extravagant video

YouTube - Chairlift - Planet Health

djmartian, Sunday, 28 September 2008 19:03 (eleven years ago) link

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

tipsy mothra, Sunday, 28 September 2008 19:08 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

this record blows

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

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 (eleven years ago) link

eight 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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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

Mark, Thursday, 28 May 2009 01:33 (eleven years ago) link

three 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 (ten years ago) link

seven months pass...


da croupier, Monday, 3 May 2010 19:26 (ten years ago) link

one 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 (eight years ago) link

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

Michael B Higgins (Michael B), Sunday, 29 January 2012 19:18 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

'take it out on me' is pretty great

iatee, Tuesday, 31 January 2012 02:35 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

Fantastic single.

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

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

owenf, Sunday, 12 February 2012 12:13 (eight years ago) link

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

Tim F, Sunday, 12 February 2012 12:19 (eight years ago) link

^^^^^^ yep

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

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

better than 2 bears


post, Sunday, 12 February 2012 21:07 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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

post, Sunday, 12 February 2012 22:14 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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

kinder, Sunday, 12 February 2012 23:15 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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

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

Band reminds me of an amuse-bouche

calstars, Saturday, 18 February 2012 18:18 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

i support this. she doesn't want to be enlisted in political grandstanding without her consent.

treeship 2, Friday, 8 December 2017 18:19 (two years ago) link

someone at MOOGfest should have been conscientious enough to consider giving the artists a heads-up that this was how the lineup was getting rolled out, but I think Polachek could have handled this a little more professionally too. it's of course her choice if she doesn't want to play but it's still sad to see this kind of discord from two parties that ostensibly are pretty simpatico in their view of the world.

evol j, Friday, 8 December 2017 18:21 (two years ago) link

There's no question that the tweet is tokenistic as hell, but outright bailing seems like an extreme response to me idk xp

Simon H., Friday, 8 December 2017 18:22 (two years ago) link

"political grandstanding" seems like a bordering-on-bad-faith reading of this. I'm just looking at the tweet though, i don't know if there was more to the announcement or not.

evol j, Friday, 8 December 2017 18:24 (two years ago) link

whether it is a worthy cause or not they didn't consult the artists as to whether they were OK with being enlisted in it

treeship 2, Friday, 8 December 2017 18:34 (two years ago) link

caroline polachek doesn't have to be a gender activist if she doesn't want to

treeship 2, Friday, 8 December 2017 18:34 (two years ago) link

Support Caroline on this one!

In a slipshod style (Ross), Friday, 8 December 2017 19:10 (two years ago) link

I have a lot of memories of friends experiencing a very particular kind of conflicted doubt when they get invited to all-female festivals. I can only imagine all those feelings compressed into a shock when learning about it after signing up. moogfest & emmy parker are definitely not grandstanding though, and I liked their response

the CEP solo album has a balance to it, the way her melodies give way after the opening pieces to longform sinewave textures. like hiroshi yoshimura & eliane radigue on the same bus. sounds great loud.

Milton Parker, Friday, 8 December 2017 20:12 (two years ago) link

It does strike me as about 40 years too late to curate electronic music festivals around gender. Among musical genres, academic/experimental electronic composition has been the most friendly to female composers, and the most eager to fete female pioneers, at least since I first started paying attention in the 80s.

Sanpaku, Friday, 8 December 2017 21:04 (two years ago) link

Milton - that polachek solo album is great!

In a slipshod style (Ross), Friday, 8 December 2017 21:05 (two years ago) link

She sounded strong vocalizing with John Cale recently at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

curmudgeon, Friday, 8 December 2017 21:55 (two years ago) link

yeah I'm usually surprised at people not having heard her solo album -- it's way better than the last chairlift record

sick, fucking funny, and well tasty (katherine), Friday, 8 December 2017 23:31 (two years ago) link

"From Ottawa to Osaka" sounds like a textural nod to her solo record; but the last chairlift record is so uneven it's probably for the best they split so they can both focus on their own projects.

In a slipshod style (Ross), Friday, 8 December 2017 23:46 (two years ago) link

eight months pass...

'Amanaemonesia' just popped up on shuffle play and blew me away all over again. I still can't believe how much of a step forward Something was from their debut, and even moreso how they went completely to shit afterwards.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 12 August 2018 21:41 (one year ago) link

Definitely one of the best singles in the respective year. Follow up was super patchy, some songs felt like they may have fit better on Caroline’s solo record, which was very good.

Abomination Street (Ross), Sunday, 12 August 2018 21:53 (one year ago) link

ten months pass...

absolutely phenomenal imo

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 23:58 (eleven months ago) link

beautiful song

monotony, Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:47 (eleven months ago) link

song & video are both incredible, very excited for this record. was a little worried that she said in this interview that Danny L Harle co-produced 2/3rds of the record but he was apparently involved on "Door" so it should be fine

ufo, Thursday, 20 June 2019 01:39 (eleven months ago) link

Wow, I'm blown away by this. Agree that video is just as incredible as the song. Suddenly very excited for her album now.

kitchen person, Thursday, 20 June 2019 04:14 (eleven months ago) link

It's a nice song, but there's a limit to how much I want to hear her in ballad mode. Generally prefer the upbeat tracks.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 20 June 2019 05:05 (eleven months ago) link

What struck me here is how much the vocal technique she (over)relies upon mimics overt autotune.

despondently sipping tomato soup (Sanpaku), Saturday, 22 June 2019 23:29 (eleven months ago) link

omg I love this

Tim F, Sunday, 23 June 2019 12:26 (eleven months ago) link

This is so good!

in twelve parts (lamonti), Monday, 24 June 2019 13:51 (eleven months ago) link

That last Chairlift album was underrated too.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Monday, 24 June 2019 13:51 (eleven months ago) link


Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 24 June 2019 17:46 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

two more tracks, nice but not stunning in the way that "door" was

ufo, Wednesday, 24 July 2019 05:06 (ten months ago) link

one month passes...

ufo, Monday, 16 September 2019 21:24 (eight months ago) link

Apparently the album is out on October 18th. Going by these singles, it's shaping up to be quite special.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 01:28 (eight months ago) link

I like em all so far! Door still the standout though

in twelve parts (lamonti), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 11:48 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I did not expect to like this as much as I do (still not really into "So Hot You're Hurting My Feelings," not sure why, on any axis) but I do, also from what I've heard it is somehow the closest to a sarah brightman album I am likely to get (exaggeration but it is definitely conversant with classical/new age stuff)

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Monday, 7 October 2019 12:45 (seven months ago) link

Does this mean she's pretty much abandoned the more upbeat pop songs?

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 7 October 2019 13:51 (seven months ago) link

not exactly, no

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Monday, 7 October 2019 16:24 (seven months ago) link

another wonderful single, extremely excited for this

ufo, Monday, 14 October 2019 23:04 (seven months ago) link

unsurprisingly this rules. kinda sequenced weirdly with the most pop moments right near the end though

ufo, Thursday, 17 October 2019 22:41 (seven months ago) link

Loved all the tracks that have dropped so far; Hit Me Where It Hurts is doing it for me the most of the new tracks.

triggercut, Friday, 18 October 2019 09:18 (seven months ago) link

that's probably one of the weaker ones for me, my favourites of the new ones are "pang" and "shut up caroline". "door" and "so hot you're hurting my feelings" are some of the very best songs i've heard this year still

ufo, Friday, 18 October 2019 12:01 (seven months ago) link

this album is so sick

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 18 October 2019 12:54 (seven months ago) link

as a white man I can't believe the misogynists at pfork only gave this a 7.3. ;)


Evans on Hammond (evol j), Friday, 18 October 2019 13:10 (seven months ago) link

About 2/3rds of this album is great; the rest that isn't sounds like something made by the kind of white woman Kelela called her out for being.

winters (josh), Thursday, 31 October 2019 18:22 (seven months ago) link

what does that mean?

in twelve parts (lamonti), Saturday, 2 November 2019 06:57 (seven months ago) link

she wrote "n***as" on her instagram last year, quoting a lyric, and kelela saw it and was understandably mad about it

ufo, Saturday, 2 November 2019 08:56 (seven months ago) link

she wrote it uncensored that is

ufo, Saturday, 2 November 2019 08:56 (seven months ago) link

"Pang" is an excellent Dave Matthews Band rewrite, "Caroline Shut Up" is excellent, period. Sometimes she's too in love with the sound of her voice.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 2 November 2019 10:31 (seven months ago) link

i don't blame her too much when she has a voice like that

ufo, Saturday, 2 November 2019 10:45 (seven months ago) link

over a full album the static tempos make this feel a little inert but I love so much of it, definite Imogen Heap vibes

boxedjoy, Monday, 4 November 2019 09:25 (six months ago) link

four months pass...

Caroline Polachek has coronavirus :(

flopson, Sunday, 15 March 2020 04:13 (two months ago) link

Do you have a source on that? I don’t see any news site or social networks reporting anything about it.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Sunday, 15 March 2020 06:55 (two months ago) link

which one of y’all gave caroline polachek coronavirus

— original visual (@poppysdaddi) March 14, 2020

in twelve parts (lamonti), Sunday, 15 March 2020 08:05 (two months ago) link

yeah surprising that pitchfork or whoever didn't pick up on it. but it was in her ig story

flopson, Monday, 16 March 2020 01:55 (two months ago) link

Given their closeness at a recent London performance it wouldn't surprise me if Christine &tQ is also infected

monotony, Monday, 16 March 2020 03:28 (two months ago) link

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