Chairlift is an electro-pop band which formed in 2005 in Boulder, Colorado, United States. The band consists of Caroline Polachek (vocals, keyboards) and Patrick Wimberly (bass, drums). The third founding member, Aaron Pfenning (guitar, synths, vocals), left the band in 2010.
The band 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, Polachek, Pfenning and 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.
'Evident Utensil', released on 7" vinyl featuring a remix by MGMT, marks Chairlift's first release on Kanine. Chairlift unleashed their first full-length album on Kanine Records on September 30th, 2008.
The band completed their sophomore album, 'Something,' in 2011 for release in January 2012. The Amanaemonesia Songfacts reports. Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly recorded their sophomore album 'Something' in New York and London.
They recruited producers Alan Moulder (Depeche Mode, My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails) and Dan Carey (MIA, Franz Ferdinand, Lily Allen) to work the knobs and Carey also mixed the majority of the record.
Three singles, 'Amanaemonesia,' 'Sidewalk Safari' and 'Met Before,' preceded the album's release.
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