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Boulder has long been known for spawning talented musical acts — and then inspiring them to move on to more welcoming climates. Maybe Chairlift didn't exactly flee the People's Republic seeking musical asylum, but it did relocate to Brooklyn. To call the act indie rock or synth pop is to miss entirely the richness and depth of its music. While the outfit's music is certainly indie- and pop-oriented, it's far too eclectic to be nailed down by any specific designation. At times, Chairlift recalls a more measured Yaz; at others, it's as though Anne Dudley of Art of Noise is behind the scenes, offering up tastefully subtle beat and tone suggestions. Overall, the group favors a remarkably unadorned sound, with simple melodies and vocals that are at once playful and matter-of-fact. This unassuming approach is effective primarily because you get the sense that this band isn't out to wow listeners with excessive chops or explosive emotionalism.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

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