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In 2008, Chairlift leapt from the buzzy Brooklyn underground to the national stage when their song “Bruises” was featured in a commercial for the new iPod Nano. Ten years later, both the iPod and Chairlift are things of the past (the group disbanded in late 2016), but the latter’s slick brand of synth-pop still feels timeless. Today, we’re listening back to the band’s performance of “Bruises” at the Paste home offices in Decatur, Ga., on this date in 2010.
Formed in Colorado in 2007 by Caroline Polachek and Aaron Pfenning, and later joined by Patrick Wemberly in New York, Chairlift released three full-lengths and toured with Ariel Pink and Phoenix before calling it quits. “Bruises” is from the trio’s full-length debut, Does You Inspire You, a delightful blend of vintage pop gloss and inventive electronic sounds. Polachek has also written for Beyoncé (“No Angel” was featured on Beyoncé’s 2013 self-titled album) and, post-Chairlift, she’s performed solo under the moniker Ramona Lisa.
“Bruises,” the single that first shot Chairlift to stardom, is peak 2000s indie pop: bright, warm, and bouncy, with a sleek nostalgic sheen. For a generation that fell in love with the track at quick, 30-second intervals, its jubilant beat and Polachek’s ethereal vocals are just as much a relic of the lost iPod era as the devices themselves.