Hailing from Brooklyn, NY (by way of Boulder, CO, where the trio originally came
together in 2006), the avant-pop outfit Chairlift formed for the unusual purpose
of crafting music for haunted houses. After finding that their work transcended
its original purpose, bandmates
Aaron Pfenning, Caroline Polachek, and Patrick Wimberly pulled up stakes and
headed east, eventually settling in that most musical of locales -- not to
mention one always looking for new and unique ideas -- New York City. Chairlift
soon made a name for itself during the band's first two years in the Big Apple,
playing shows with similar up-and-comers like MGMT,
Mixel Pixel while inking a contract with the independent label Kanine.
Chairlift's first release on the label, a single entitled "Evident Utensil,"
featured a remix by the aforementioned MGMT, and was a precursor to the group's
debut full-length release. Released in 2008,
Does You Inspire You molded the band's space rock influences with a poppy
indie aesthetic; the album also received an extra promotional boost when
"Bruises" appeared in an iPod commercial.
SPIN - "The result is the trio's startlingly impressive debut:
astute, melodic evocations of plinky new wave and the Cocteau Twins' smeary
dreams that achieve a timeless emotional response."
UNDER THE RADAR - "Does You Inspire You is an inspirited debut
that proves Brooklyn is still the indie king."