New releases from Chairlift, Dressy Bessy, and Endless Tapes 

Sound Advice

click to enlarge Chairlift
  • Chairlift




File next to: Class Actress, The Bird and The Bee, Tennis

Chairlift emerged from Boulder a decade ago with an especially twee form of folkie synth-pop, exemplified by the single "Bruises" and its syrupy references to handstands and strawberries. Since then, the duo moved to Brooklyn, signed with Columbia, and added Memphis horns and a dance aesthetic to their sound. That may sound like the kiss of death, but Caroline Polachek's talents in arrangement and sound sculpting turn Chairlift into magic instead. There are layers of interesting found sounds in tracks like "Romeo" and "Ch-Ching," but Polachek proves in other songs like "Crying in Public" that she's far from superficial. Polachek also records Eno-like solo albums under the name Ramona Lisa, but when she gets together with Patrick Wimberly as Chairlift, pure pop magic happens. — Loring Wirbel

click to enlarge Dressy Bessy
  • Dressy Bessy

Dressy Bessy


Yep Roc

File next to: The Apples in Stereo, Imperial Teen, Tilly and The Wall

When Tammy Ealom announced a temporary hiatus for Dressy Bessy in 2008, the group had all but spent the high-paced riffs of the unique bubble-gum punk style they spun from their cohorts in the Elephant 6 collective. Eight years later, she has resurrected the band with a new self-assured swagger and snarl that make it much more than the Dressy Bessy of yore. Recent appearances in Colorado Springs and Denver reinforce the message that the pace and intensity of tracks like "Get Along Diamond Ring" and "Make Mine Violet" are matched with a world-weariness one could never hear in a 1990s Dressy Bessy. There might be a few fans of the Elephant 6 collective who are upset that the new music is a bit darker, but most of us leave Disneyland at some point in our lives. — Loring Wirbel

click to enlarge Endless Tapes
  • Endless Tapes

Endless Tapes

Brilliant Waves

Hard World

File next to: Brian Eno, Lunatic Soul, Low-era David Bowie

Considering the pedigree of the better-known half of this duo, one might expect Brilliant Waves to lean in a muscular and "proggy" direction. Bassist Colin Edwin is renowned for his work on 20 Porcupine Tree albums, plus many other projects that showcase a harder, musically challenging side of rock. But the darkly hypnotic mood pieces on this (essentially) instrumental album have more in common with the contemplative works of Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Brian Eno. Which isn't to suggest that the eight compositions are the sonic equivalent of wallpaper; there are melodies and beats, and Edwin plays Ebow and guitar as well as an assortment of basses. Italy-based drummer Alessandro Pedretti is Edwin's counterpart, and the result of the two musicians' collaboration isn't too far removed from some of Porcupine Tree's early instrumental works. — Bill Kopp


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Latest in Album Reviews

Readers also liked…

All content © Copyright 2020, The Colorado Springs Independent

Website powered by Foundation