Published Feb 07, 2008I still remember the first time I heard the Knifes "Heartbeats. It was four years ago, and immediately I was mesmerised by the Swedish duo. They sounded so alien, like nothing Id heard before, and yet the song was unbelievably warm and beguiling. Hearing Chairlifts "Evident Utensil brought back that same rush: flamboyant and just-plain-bananas lead vocals (not to mention the histrionic bass-y one hiding in the background), summery instrumentation swaying as if it was cut for Billy Ocean, and of course, those delightfully naff lyrics ("The most evident utensil is none other than a pencil?), which give it immediate cult status. And then theres this other song of theirs called "Bloomingdales, where they feature a preaching David Lynch sounding off on the "hellhole that is Philadelphia over a dreamy bed of post-trip-hop that pinches the melody from Stevie Wonders "My Cherie Amour.
Theyve gotta be from outer space, or at least somewhere in the remotest parts of Scandinavia, considering tinfoil is often worked into their performances. Alas, with all of this going for them, how disappointing it was then for me to discover that these three arent from Saturn or even Norway for that matter. Instead, theyre yet another group of eccentric art students from the fertile borough of Brooklyn (redirected from Boulder, Colorado). It makes complete sense that theyve been playing shows with neighbours and like-minded kooks, Yeasayer and MGMT (whove remixed "Evident Utensil for its b-side). All the same, their forthcoming full-length out some time this year, will be something to look forward to.
Chairlift "Evident Utensil
Buy the seven-inch from Kanine Records here.