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Brooklyn’s Chairlift had nice boost on takeoff when the irresistible pop bauble “Bruises” appeared in an iPod commercial. Caroline Polachek’s trill (come on, sing along: “For you-ooh-ooh, you-oooh-ooh . . .”) filled living rooms across America; even the dog’s ears pricked up. Who was that? It turns out this rather experimental trio is more than a one-trick pony, and its debut album, Does You Inspire You, is full of lush and entrancing pop sounds that put a psychedelic spin on mixing otherworldly contemporaries like Bachelorette with old-world new wave pop overlords like Thompson Twins and Japan. The band's playful side dabbles in twang (“Earwig Town” is a delight) and French sassiness (“Le Flying Saucer Hat”). The serious side ruminates—with chic nightclub cool—on our eco failures (“Garbage”). Whether going for pure, catchy earworm pleasure (“Bruises,” “Perfect Utensil”), intergalactic chilling (“Territory,” “Ceiling Wax”), or cerebral gymnastics (“Dixie Gypsy”), Chairlift rises gracefully to deliver. This impressive debut is packed with many goodies.

Biography

Formed: 2006 in Boulder, CO

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York (by way of Boulder, Colorado, where they originally came together in 2006), the avant-pop outfit Chairlift formed for the unusual purpose of crafting music for haunted houses. After finding that their work transcended its original purpose, bandmates Aaron Pfenning, Caroline Polachek, and Patrick Wimberly pulled up stakes and headed east, eventually settling in that most musical of locales — not to mention one always looking for new and unique ideas — New...
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