Chairlift (band)

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Chairlift @ Wellington Square (1 10 2012) (8076825805).jpg
Chairlift in 2012
Background information
Origin Boulder, Colorado, United States
Genres Electronic, synthpop, indie pop
Years active 2005–present
Labels Kanine Records,
Terrible Records,
Associated acts Rewards
Members Caroline Polachek
Patrick Wimberly
Past members Aaron Pfenning

Chairlift is an American synthpop duo. Based in Brooklyn, New York, Chairlift consists of members Caroline Polachek (songwriting, vocals, synthesizer, drum programming, arranging) and Patrick Wimberly (drums, bass guitar, keyboard, guitar, backing vocals, production).


Chairlift formed initially as a project between Aaron Pfenning and Caroline Polachek at the University of Colorado in October 2005. The group intended to make background music for haunted houses.[1] Along with bassist Kyle McCabe, Chairlift recorded the beginning of Daylight Savings EP at New Monkey Studio in Los Angeles, California in April 2006. Chairlift relocated to Williamsburg, Brooklyn in August 2006 and signed to Kanine Records in June 2007. Patrick Wimberly joined the group in early 2007. They released their first full-length album, Does You Inspire You, in 2008. The single "Evident Utensil" was nominated for an award in the "Breakthrough Video" category at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.[2]

Pfenning left Chairlift in 2010 to pursue his solo career in Rewards.[3]

On September 7, 2011 they released the video to their single "Amanaemonesia" from their second album Something.[4]

For their 2012 single "Met Before" Chairlift created an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure video that Buzzfeed awarded the number one spot on its "23 Best Music Videos of 2012" end-of-year round up.[5]

iPod commercial[edit]

Their song "Bruises" was featured in the 2008 commercial that launched the fourth-generation iPod Nano.[6]

Collaborations and Solo Projects[edit]

Chairlift collaborated with Das Racist on the song "Fashion Party", the tenth song on Das Racist's 2010 mixtape, Sit Down, Man.

In 2011, Wimberly produced multiple songs in American rap group Das Racist's album Relax.[7]

In 2014 Polachek announced that she would release a solo LP under the name Ramona Lisa. Titled Arcadia, the album was released in April 2014 on the labels Terrible in the US, Pannonica in Europe/Japan, and Mistletone in Australia/New Zealand.[8]


Studio albums[edit]


  • Daylight Savings EP - self-released - June 2007
  • "Chairlift at 6:15" - Young Turks - October 2012


  • "Evident Utensil" (2007)
  • "Bruises" (2008; UK No. 50, U.S. No. 101)
  • "Amanaemonesia" (2011)
  • "Met Before" (2012)
  • "I Belong In Your Arms" (2012)
  • "I Belong In Your Arms (Japanese Version)" (2012)


  • Glasser - "Apply (Chairlift Remix)" (2012)
  • Phoenix - "Fences (Chairlift Remix)" (2012)
  • Indochine - "College Boy (Chairlift Remix)" (2013)


  1. ^ "Slant Magazine Music Review: Chairlift: Does You Inspire You". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  2. ^ "2009 MTV Video Music Awards: Breakthrough Video". MTV. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  3. ^ a b Alex Hudson (October 13, 2011). "Chairlift announce sophomore album". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  4. ^ corbin (September 7, 2011). "Chairlift – "Amanaemonesia" Video". Stereogum. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  5. ^ Perpetua, Matthew (December 6, 2012). "23 Best Music Videos of 2012". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  6. ^ Suzanne Baran (September 16, 2008). "Chairlift Gets A Boost From iPod Nano Ad". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  7. ^ "Das Racist Relax Details". Stereogum. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  8. ^ "Chairlift's Caroline Polachek announces solo LP Arcadia as Ramona Lisa, Shares "Arcadia" Video". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 

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