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On Chairlift's sophomore album, the Brooklyn bandmates piece together another retro-futuristic sound collage of 1980s synth pop, sci-fi club music, and arty electronica, with Caroline Polachek's pretty, almost classical-sounding vocals floating high above the mix. Like the music video for "Amaneamonesia," which featured a straight-faced Polachek doing fitness-video dance moves while wearing a bodysuit, Chairlift treat every song earnestly, even the ones that dive into camp. The goofiness that ran throughout their 2009 debut (remember "Le Flying Saucer Hat?") isn't so heavy-handed here, though, and several songs -- "I Belong in Your Arms," "Amaneamonesia," "Ghost Tonight" -- genuinely sound like forgotten '80s classics rather than 21st century pastiches. Something also serves as a killer breakup album, thanks to the departure of founding member Aaron Pfenning, who left the group after his relationship with Polachek, his girlfriend since Chairlift's formation, soured in 2010. In his absence, Patrick Wimberly takes on more responsibilities, singing backup vocals whenever necessary and underlying each song with sharp, deep-seated grooves. Polachek shines the brightest, though, her killer pipes evoking Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier one minute and Kate Bush the next. Splitting up with Pfenning has left her angry, even feral at points, and she opens up the album with a message to the boy who broke her heart: "All of the bones of your body are in way too few pieces for me/Time to do something about, if you know what I mean." Neither she nor Wimberly manages to come up with anything as frothily commercial as "Bruises," Chairlift's semi-hit from 2008, but that's not really the point. Something is a different beast: wilder than its predecessor, stronger in the songwriting department, and totally, wonderfully weird.
Performance CreditsChairlift Primary Artist
Rob Corradetti Guitar,Guest Appearance
Jorge Elbrecht Guitar,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Kurt Feldman Guitar,Guest Appearance
Leo Taylor Drums,Guest Appearance
Samps Guest Appearance
Caroline Polachek Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Patrick Wimberly Bass,Guitar,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Leah Cary Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jennifer Polachek Vocals,Guest Appearance
Technical CreditsAlexis Smith Engineer
Dan Carey Producer
Jorge Elbrecht Programming,Engineer
Josh Ascalon Engineer
Alejandro Cardenas Art Direction
Caroline Polachek Art Direction
Patrick Wimberly Engineer
Jennifer Polachek Duet
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I found out about this band on their black cab session (side note: if you haven't heard of, or watched a black cab session... you are really in for a treat when you finally check them out.) Anyway, I've enjoyed just about every artist that has ever played on their videos, but something about Chairlift got me more excited then the others. I picked up the album almost immediately after watching it, and the past few days have been entirely fueled by "Something". I definitely recommend this to friends, family, loved ones, and pets... spread the love for this great musical piece.