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Tune of the Week – “Earwig Town”

Anyone else interested in seeing what’s going on in “Earwig Town”? This weekend, there will be hundreds and hundreds of bands like Chairlift running around in New York City at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon. It’s like South By Southwest’s …

Thu, Oct 23, 2008, 09:17

   

Anyone else interested in seeing what’s going on in “Earwig Town”?

This weekend, there will be hundreds and hundreds of bands like Chairlift running around in New York City at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon. It’s like South By Southwest’s little bro’ and yeah, I wish I was there.

Anyway, Chairlift will be one of the bands mentioned by many in the despatches after this weekend. There’s already a lot of fuss about them because one of their tunes (“Bruises”) is soundtracking an iPod Nano ad. Nothing new about that: ads have always been how many of us have found out about new and new-ish acts. And ad makers are becoming more eclectic in their choice of music too – look at Daedelus on the new 02 ad, for instance.

But there’s a whole lot more to Chairlift than just pimping little MP3 players. From Boulder and now based in Brooklyn, the three are making tunes which simply purr with louche, luxurious, hedonistic joy. Goblins roaming in the forest. The slow-set at the disco in the basement of your favourite sonic cathedral. Wolves waltzing in the moonlight. What Robin Hood and his merry men dream about at night. All kinds of everything.

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This tune, from their “Does This Inspire You?” album on Kanine Records, the label that’s home to many fabulous underdogs, starts out like “Peter Gunn”, goes all creepy and then spacey and then ethereal before exploding into little slivers of joy like a fireworks display at the end of an action-packed day. Have a listen here and then check them out when they play Dublin’s Crawdaddy (November 22) and Cork’s Cyprus Avenue (23)

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