Support Women Artists Sunday: Chairlift

Chairlift formed in Boulder, Colorado in early 2006 to make live music for haunted houses. Frequenting the Broker Inn on the edge of town for empty late-night jazz shows, Caroline Polachek, Aaron Pfenning and Patrick Wimberly were mystified by the 1980’s faux-gothic architecture, oak-cabinet aquariums, vacant dancefloors, fake trees, crystal chandeliers and dark velveteen booths. The inn provided them with the ideal setting for a new breed of pop: a place where subtle clashes blossomed into uncanny pleasures.

Relocating to Brooklyn in the summer of 2006, the trio continued on to develop a hypnotic yet tongue-in-cheek style, playing shows around Brooklyn and the Lower East Side with a thriving society of experimental pop magicians including MGMT, Yeasayer, Suckers, and Mixel Pixel.

With the release of their debut album, Does You Inspire You, set for fall 2008, Chairlift spent the summer on tour with Ariel Pink, and made plans to tour in the fall with Yeasayer and a first European tour – seeing the band through Germany, UK, Ireland and France in November.

In September 2008, “Bruises” was featured in the new iPod Nano TV commercial. The band promptly got written up everywhere – from the NY Times, Billboard Magazine, to Stereogum.com and PerezHilton.com. Chairlift is known for a mellow style. The back-beat tends to sound very electronic and at times eighties. Nonetheless, Chairlift is innovative and finds a way to remain fresh in an era with more and more imitating sounds.

via Kanine Records

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Chairlift on iTunes: Does You Inspire You - Chairlift

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