Arcadia - Ramona Lisa
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  • Summary: The solo debut release for Chairlift's Caroline Polachek was recorded on her laptop in various locations while on tour.
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  1. Apr 14, 2014
    80
    Fans of Chairlift should find it both familiar and confounding.
  2. Apr 29, 2014
    80
    Fans of Oneohtrix Point Never, Virginia Astley, Lars Von Trier, and even Chairlift should find Ramona Lisa's debut a rainy-day soundtrack of the highest order.
  3. May 1, 2014
    80
    What makes Arcadia stand on its own is the slight, simplistic tweaks and unexpected syncopation that Polachek uses to infuse the album with an almost apocalyptic sense of silliness and childish wonder. It’s exciting to listen to, but at the same time vaguely unsettling.
  4. 70
    Lo-fi electronica ('Getaway Ride') and ambient pop ('Dominic') create the spine of a charmingly off-kilter record, while 'I Love Our World' is essentially a field recording.
  5. May 1, 2014
    68
    The album is an interesting, almost peculiarly personal mix of sounds, one that almost seems underdeveloped and unlikely to win Polachek any new fans. As an outlet for Polachek’s songwriting, though, it suggests there's more interesting work yet to come from her.
  6. Apr 14, 2014
    60
    The delightfully obtuse and sometimes anxious sketches on Arcadia are what make it both enjoyable, and frustrating.
  7. Apr 23, 2014
    40
    The solemn dream-pop of Dominic is a rare highlight that serves only to demonstrate the rest of the album's shortcomings. [May 2014, p.116]

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