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Ramona Lisa

Ramona Lisa unveils risqué video + releases debut LP at Baby's All Right on 04.28

Ramona Lisa is the project of Chairlift front lady Caroline Polachek. She just unveiled this video for a single much more melodic than the one we blogged about a few weeks ago, although still miles away from the 80s inspired pop sound of her main band. Debut album "Arcadia" will be released by Terrible Records on April 29th, and from the preview tracks on Soundcloud it promises to be sonically all over the map. If you are a fan, don't miss the release party at Baby's All Right on April 28.


Chairlifts' Caroline Polachek unveils anti-pop solo album under Ramona Lisa moniker

Chairlift, brainchild of singer/keyboardist/composer Caroline Polachek, has been one of our favorite NYC pop bands since they broke out back in 2008, when they graced the cover of our Best of NYC issue - those were the times of single "Bruised," blessed by an Apple ad.

Caroline is now announcing the release of a solo album - to be released on Terrible Records in April - under the moniker Ramona Lisa. Preview single and video "Arcadia" (streaming below) shows us an unexpectedly gloomy atmoshpere, so much so that we are tempted to think this is not just a parallel project, but alsmost a Chairlift antithesys - a necessary outlet of somebody who starts feeling curbed by pop music's brightly colored straitjacket? Gone are the upbeat rhythms and the uplifting melodies, gone the meticulous and somewhat intricate production. A completely anti-pop 2 minute drumless instrumental intro guide us to the haunting vocal melody, which betrays Gregorian influences. The song is rather uneventful, like a beautiful, intimate chant that listens to itself, rather than being projected out to others. And that's exactly what pop music is not.

We realized that Caroline had serious balls when we saw this video, this record only comes as a confirmation.


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