Chairlift broke through to a certain level of success--the kind that lands your single in an iPod Nano commercial--back in 2009, as a baby band. Despite some personal drama in the intervening years, they are back with a lush, sonically streamlined second album, Something, and it is a major step forward in terms of songwriting and production. Caroline Polachek's voice can be intimidatingly showy sometimes, but not on this song. And Patrick Wimberly's backing track is both soaring and low-key, with a Cure-ish bass line and a few washes of golden-age Cocteau Twins shimmer in the mix. Taken as a package, what stands out to me about this song is how heartfelt it is. It's difficult to capture the warmth of romance without tipping over into syrupy territory, but here Chairlift get the balance exactly right.
On iTunes: Chairlift / "I Belong In Your Arms"
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