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 (nine years ago) Permalink

3 more tracks on myspace

Chairlift
http://www.myspace.com/chairlift

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, http://www.myspace.com/whitewillowband

a UK equivalent band of Chairlift in 2008, although with male vocals would be: The Week that Was
http://www.myspace.com/theweekthatwas

djmartian, Sunday, 28 September 2008 11:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 28 September 2008 18:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

Bat for Lashes fans should jump on the Chairlift bandwagon

djmartian, Sunday, 28 September 2008 18:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/sep/03/new.band.of.the.day.382.chairlift

djmartian, Sunday, 28 September 2008 19:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

extravagant video

YouTube - Chairlift - Planet Health

djmartian, Sunday, 28 September 2008 19:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

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

this record blows

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

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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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

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

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

http://vimeo.com/11398692

awesome

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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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

Michael B Higgins (Michael B), Sunday, 29 January 2012 19:18 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

'take it out on me' is pretty great

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

Fantastic single.

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEOem7U2LPE

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

^^^^^^ yep

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

better than 2 bears

marginally

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

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

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

Band reminds me of an amuse-bouche

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

Moth to the Flame and Romeo are good.
The 'he's that kind of man, mama' bit is unnecessary and distracting though.

I really like the reggae-ish one.

draxx them sklounst (dog latin), Wednesday, 30 March 2016 13:37 (one year ago) Permalink

I'd forgotten about this record, and now that I've been reminded of it I'm gonna forget about it again.

WHERE'S JIM!? (Turrican), Wednesday, 30 March 2016 14:31 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Chairlift
June 14 – Tuesday - 7:00pm – Red Hook Park, Brooklyn – FREE SHOW

ulysses, Thursday, 21 April 2016 02:21 (one year ago) Permalink

'crying in public' is so prefab sprout

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Sunday, 1 May 2016 08:14 (one year ago) Permalink

it's also their best song

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

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

wizzz! (amateurist), Thursday, 8 September 2016 15:11 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

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

three months pass...

So they've broken up now. Hopefully this means more solo music from Caroline.

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Friday, 16 December 2016 18:59 (one year ago) Permalink

Surprising news, as I thought they may have another decent record like Something in 'em.

Working night & day, I tried to stay awake... (Turrican), Friday, 16 December 2016 19:11 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Caroline's got an instrumental solo album that's free to download here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/tci-assets/drawing-the-target-around-the-arrow.zip

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Thursday, 19 January 2017 20:43 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Funny that Ch-Ching was originally wrote for Beyonce. Maybe would've been less disastrous if she did it

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Friday, 21 April 2017 20:10 (nine months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

I don't really like "Bruises" but "I Belong in Your Arms" is one of the best new wave revival songs I've ever heard. Has the same euphoric liquid feeling as somethibg like Blondie's "Atomic."

Treeship, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 13:13 (eight months ago) Permalink

That might be hyperbolic because Atomic is one of the best songs of all time but this year I'm living without limits.

Treeship, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 13:15 (eight months ago) Permalink

Every year since about 2006 has had its Heart of Glass/Atomic rip-off track, and I love them all. The Sprawl II; Cruel; this one... looking forward to this year's one

Shat Parp (dog latin), Wednesday, 17 May 2017 15:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Sidewalk Safari is one of my favorite opening tracks. I like how they mined Art of Noise and Cocteaus on the same record. Shame about the follow up

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 15 September 2017 01:02 (four months ago) Permalink

man that final album is still such a disappointment. It's a startling failure

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 25 September 2017 06:15 (three months ago) Permalink

It certainly wasn't worth waiting four years for. I mean, it still amazes me that they had four years to work on Moth and it still turned out awful.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Monday, 25 September 2017 06:40 (three months ago) Permalink

yeah, totally agree Turrican. The first track is a non-starter and the album feels like a mess of experiments that went wrong with the exception of "Crying in public".

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 25 September 2017 06:54 (three months ago) Permalink

watching live videos from the last tour, they seemed like they were having far more fun than this diluted album suggested

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 25 September 2017 07:00 (three months ago) Permalink

haven't heard the full album but c'mon now "moth to the flame" is great

josh az (2011nostalgia), Monday, 25 September 2017 07:22 (three months ago) Permalink

4 years? really? didn't feel like a particularly long time between Something and Moth but apparently so. Something is definitely a classic album though

Shat Parp (dog latin), Monday, 25 September 2017 07:53 (three months ago) Permalink

Yeah, it was really four years, although there was that Polachek solo record in between.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Monday, 25 September 2017 20:35 (three months ago) Permalink

Solo record was much better than the last Charlift. Seems like it may have influenced the way their final album sounded, especially "Ottawa to Osaka"...in a bad way.

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 25 September 2017 20:39 (three months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

this is certainly a choice!

https://www.stereogum.com/1974416/caroline-polachek-pulls-out-of-moogfest-over-lineup-announcement/news/

Simon H., Friday, 8 December 2017 18:07 (one month ago) Permalink

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

treeship 2, Friday, 8 December 2017 18:19 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

"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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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

treeship 2, Friday, 8 December 2017 18:34 (one month ago) Permalink

Support Caroline on this one!

In a slipshod style (Ross), Friday, 8 December 2017 19:10 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

Milton - that polachek solo album is great!

In a slipshod style (Ross), Friday, 8 December 2017 21:05 (one month ago) Permalink

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

curmudgeon, Friday, 8 December 2017 21:55 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

"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 (one month ago) Permalink


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