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Slimmed down to a duo, Brooklyn’s Chairlift combines a sharp pop sensibility with eerie techno ambiance on its sophomore album, Something. Beneath the music’s sleek surfaces, Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly capture a sense of emotional volatility. Something's mood veers from the elegant melancholy of “Cool as a Fire” and “Ghost Tonight” to the jumpy angst of “Amaneaemonesia” and the surging, ominous thrust of “Sidewalk Safari.” The unearthly, echo-bathed “Turning” could fit comfortably on a David Lynch film soundtrack. Polachek’s lithe, immaculately controlled vocals remain seductive even when tinged with shadows of paranoia (as in “Guilty as Charged”). With seasoned pop hitmaker Dan Carey producing, Something emphasizes Chairlift’s affinity for ‘80s-era new wave sounds. “I Belong in Your Arms,” for instance, has the bass-driven aggression of a natural radio hit yet mixes its erotic abandon with enough weirdness to remain distinctive.

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the best of all albums

of all albums, this is the best.

Will be one of the most amazing albums of 2012

I've listened to this almost consecutively since it was released. This album is amazing. Calling on Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Phil Collins, David Bowie, Paul Simon, Madonna, The China Syndrome, Lansing-Dreiden… I could go on. This album summarizes a new vibrance in young music that also recalls the world music influenced 80's and resolves with simple yet prolific songwriting mixed with truly unique sonic textures and a lovely female vocal. Get this album.

Compelling Music

A record that looks forward and backward: at times Something wears its influences on its sleeves, other times it seems absolutely of the moment. The singing is spectacular and sparkling with wit, the joy in this record palpable, even in the downbeat songs. The tension between genuine emotion and ironic detachment is magnetic. Despite the wide ranging approaches (Cool As a Fire! Turning!!), the album has a laser focus and the editing is smart. Big fun.


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 York City....
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