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

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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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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

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

I still love this album.

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

Hopefully gonna see them in SF

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

I STILL love this album.

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

Top ten single

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

five months pass...

I STILL love this album.

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

eight months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eghzhlbv6Cc

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

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

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

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

btw my favorite track from the Caroline solo album is probably

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHawd3Dlpyo

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

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYXTmJI8drU

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

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

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

also there's this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd1o8Jlhjqo

Merdeyeux, Friday, 31 October 2014 23:58 (three years ago) Permalink

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

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4RIeKLsHFk

live version of the single - i expect the studio version will sound better but it's pretty far from I Belong In Your Arms or Amanaemonesia

ufo, Tuesday, 13 October 2015 05:52 (two years ago) Permalink

sounds alright. worth bearing in mind also that that video is more than 2 years old - song could've changed plenty in that time

carly bae jepsen (monotony), Tuesday, 13 October 2015 12:39 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I mean I'd be lying if I said I was impressed by what I'm hearing here, but I'm going to wait until I hear the proper fleshed-out studio version, and indeed the album when it comes out before I start forming definite opinions. Part of me is hoping that this is going to be a "red herring" type of first single.

Turrican, Tuesday, 13 October 2015 16:31 (two years ago) Permalink

So, the studio version of the new single seems to be out there now...

Turrican, Wednesday, 14 October 2015 18:39 (two years 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 (six 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 (six 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 (two 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) Permalink


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