Chairlift, Does You Inspire You
Looking for that iPod Nano commercial song? Try track four
Part of the same Brooklyn collective of musicians that also produced MGMT and Yeasayer, Chairlift make cultured, nouveau-retro electro-pop that owes more to Portishead and Yellow Magic Orchestra than it does fashionable post-punk. Led by the sensual voice of Caroline Polachek, the trio's debut album offers a refreshingly unpredictable change from Brooklyn's host of artfully contrived art-pop combos. So much so that Apple came calling, using the airily pretty "Bruises" to backdrop gracefully tumbling multi-colored iPod Nanos on television.
In truth, "Bruises" only represents a small part of the Chairlift muse. Openers "Garbage" and "Planet Health" employ discreet electro-funk and a neatly Oriental kind of power balladry respectively to make subtly barbed comments about eco-awareness and antiseptic lifestyles, while the endearingly odd "Evident Utensil" is a tribute to the pencil presented as romantic '80s synth-pop. And, if "Earwig," "Territory" and the gorgeous "Don't Give a Damn" are any measure, the ambient cowboy music that Angelo Badalamenti fashioned for David Lynch's Twin Peaks is a Chairlift favorite. While all this restless experimenting doesn't quite add up to a classic, Does You Inspire You's blend of irony, sincerity and exoticism does enough to showcase an original new talent.