Caroline Polachek was writing about the danger of trying to change for somebody from her first hit with indie-pop group Chairlift. The charming track caught the trio in a similar bind with their audience. To their credit, Chairlift never caved in. Over three albums, the trio-turned-duo easily outstripped the fast-diminishing Brooklyn indie scene of the early s. They split, amicably, in , proud of their distinctive sound, says Polachek, if disheartened by the limited perceptions of what an indie band could become. The shifting names, she says, offered conceptual limitations that guided her work. Pang, her first album under her own name, arrives free from such scaffolding — so much so that it was never supposed to exist.
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The former Chairlift singer-songwriter centers her sweeping solo debut on her powerful voice, crafting love songs about the moment of surrender, the pain preceding it, and the euphoria after. Caroline Polachek named her album Pang after the bursts of adrenaline that jolted her out of sleep. Her usual lyrical themes recur: living unexpected dreams, getting away with something sneaky-fun, tears in public and in oceans. This comes out not just in the soaring, near-operatic vocalizations throughout Pang , but in the crisp way she attacks words and syllables, the controlled vocal leaps, and precise staccato. The non-traditional recording perhaps inspired her to use her training to non-traditional ends. Melodies that are heavily vocoded or Auto-Tuned often sound a little like a machine-made baroque run. Somehow, it all works, but it belongs to an entirely different record. The title is what she shouts at herself, an exasperated reminder to stop overthinking lest she ruin the moment.
Caroline Elizabeth Polachek  born June 20, is an American musician, singer-songwriter and record producer. Raised in Connecticut, Polachek co-founded the indie pop band Chairlift while studying at the University of Colorado. The duo emerged from the lates Brooklyn music scene with the sleeper hit "Bruises". During her time in the band, she worked on the solo projects Ramona Lisa and CEP , before embarking on a career under her own name after Chairlift's disbandment in