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Chairlift's new album, "Something" is a catchy and creepy foray into 80's inspired pop. 

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Chairlift Hailing from Brooklyn, the electroic duo Chairlift is comprised of Caroline Polachek (vocals, tambourine, synth) and Patrick Wimberly (bass, drums, keyboard). Originally formed in Colorado with the intent to make haunted house music, Chairlift relocated to Williamsburg in 2007, and began to build buzz. They've toured a lot, including a stint with Yeasayer. In the past few years, they've also released an EP and two full-length albums--the latest of which comes out next week, on the 24th. The follow-up to Chairlift's sci-fi inspired "Does You Inspire You" debut, "Something" is the duo's first album with Columbia Records.

"Something" contains pop hints reminiscent of MGMT and Empire of the Sun, and also reflects the changes that have taken place within Chairlift since"Inspire"--lineup, relationships, and influences have all moved along. With plenty of fiery synths, wonderful pop hooks, and Polachek's whip-smart songwriting, "Something" seems to indicate that Chairlift is here to stay.

The duo plays the Bowery Ballroom in NYC on January 23, before hitting the road with a new Australian / European / U.S. tour to promote their new release. Chairlift is here for an XPN Free At Noon on Friday, January 20. There's no better way to start a weekend than with a Live Friday performance, especially with a pop outfit like Chairlift.

Website: chairlifted.com
Myspace: twitter.com/chairlift
Facebook: facebook.com/chairlift
Recent Release: Something
Release Date: January 24, 2012
Label: Columbia Records
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

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July 3, 2009
Chairlift at the World Cafe Live

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Chairlift, Courtesy of Kate Chandler/Ross Fraser This week, Free at Noon brings a retro vibe to Philadelphia, as the electronic indie trio Chairlift comes to town. Hailing from Colorado, Caroline Polachek, Aaron Pfenning, and Patrick Wimberly formed the band in 2005 with the intention of creating music for haunted houses. Chairlift earned early success by performing around the University of Colorado, bringing a semi-serious brand of New Wave-style dance punk to local audiences. Their act caught on, and the band recorded the EP Daylight Savings in 2007.

Realizing their potential, Chairlift changed plans and moved to Brooklyn, performing with other indie up-and-comers like MGMT and Yeasayer. The group signed with Kanine Records in 2007, releasing their album Does You Inspire You? a year later. Chairlift found widespread acclaim that same year when its song "Bruises" was featured in one of Apple's tastemaking iPod commercials. The ad brought instant attention. They were mentioned by everyone from the New York Times to Perez Hilton.

Does You Inspire You? features hauntingly danceable melodies coupled with Polachek's airy vocals. Tracks like "Earwig Town" demonstrate the band's ability to switch genres, while the aforementioned "Bruises" displays the band's playful side. Chairlift pays homage to its predecessors without sound tired, pulling off a retro feel with a uniqueness and sincerity that makes this a hard group to resist.

Bring your dancing shoes and legwarmers. This Friday's Free at Noon promises to be an old-school party.

Website: chairliftmusic.com
MySpace: myspace.com/chairlift
Recent Release:Does You Inspire You?
Release Date: September 30th, 2008
Label: Columbia Records
Origin: Colorado/Brooklyn, NY

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