Tuesday, December 21, 2010

L.A. indie-pop darlings ROBOTANISTS ready new album, live dates for 2011

"Robotanists root around in the electro-noir explored by Mazzy Star and Portishead, with Ellquist's sultry voice narrating the way through forays into the dark both metaphorical and literal. Their penchant for the atmospheric never becomes an overbearing aesthetic, though - you can take the title of one of their songs, 'Subtlety Is Underrated,' seriously." -- Kevin Bronson, Buzz Bands

Los Angeles' glamorous indie-pop group ROBOTANISTS and producer Danny Kalb (Beck, Karen O, Feist) are currently putting the finishing touches on their third album for release in early 2011. The quartet, often compared to Florence + The Machine, Jenny Lewis, The Xx, et al., are reported to have richly expanded their already lush sound on the forthcoming album titled Plans in Progress. The CD/digital release will be available via Overhead Records on February 15th, 2011. Please get in touch for a special sneak-peak listen to tracks from the new album.

ROBOTANISTS headline a residency at the Silverlake Lounge in Los Angeles throughout February as well as play several shows at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, TX in March. Please see current dates below.

While waiting for the new album and live dates, check out songs from ROBOTANISTS' previous releases: "Wait A Minute Here" (MP3) (VIDEO) from Close Down The Woods and their brilliant reworking of the Jay-Z hit, "Empire State of Mind" as "Exiled State of Mind" (MP3) (VIDEO) from the Shapes and Variations covers project. Stream/download complete albums via Bandcamp HERE.

Comprised of songwriters Sarah Ellquist (vocals & keys) and Daniel DeBlanke (guitar, keys) and rhythm section Keith Boyarsky (bass) and Preston Scott Phillips (drums), ROBOTANISTS have spent the past couple of years spreading their big choruses and delicate prose across North America on tour and on the radio. Their breakthrough single "Wait a Minute Here" (from the band's 2008 debut, Close Down The Woods) topped charts in Los Angeles (KCRW, KROQ) and other major cities across the US.

The group kicked off 2010 with their second album, a collection of covers called Shapes and Variations in March. The album is the Silver Lake quartet's critically acclaimed ode to Los Angeles, featuring re-harmonized and rearranged tracks by Jay-Z, Lykke Li, The Black Keys, Joe Jackson, Bryan Adams, and more. ROBOTANISTS released a vinyl 12", Current, in September 2010, which includes the band's favorite selections from each of their first two records.

02/07    Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge
02/14    Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge
02/21    Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge
02/28    Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge
03/18    Austin, TX @ The Blackheart - SXSW showcase
Plans in Progress
Album: Plans In Progress
Label: Overhead Records
Release Date: February 15th, 2011

Track List:
1. Have We Met Before?
2. Terminal A
3. ON/OFF The Ledge
4. The Lack Thereof
5. Plans in Progress

6. Luggage vs. Baggage
7. The Ghost You're Haunting

Shapes and Variations
Album: Shapes and Variations
Label: Overhead Records
Release Date: March 30th, 2010

Track List:
1. Exiled State of Mind (reworking of Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind") (MP3) (VIDEO)
2. Dance, Dance, Dance (Lykke Li)
3. Are You Really Going Out With Her? (reworking of Joe Jackson's "Is She Really Going Out With Him?")
4. All You Ever Wanted (The Black Keys)
5. Heaven (Bryan Adams)
6. Never Tear Us Apart (INXS)
7. Glass In Your Headlights (reworking of Phillip Glass' "Glassworks, Outro")

Close Down The Woods
Album: Close Down The Woods
Label: Overhead Records
Release Date: November 4th, 2008

Track List:
1. Wait A Minute Here (MP3) (VIDEO)  
2. Subtlety is Underrated
3. Close Down The Woods
4. Slow Motion
5. Tasteless
6. Getting By
7. I Don't Want to Know What Love Is

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Members of ROBOTANISTS are available for interviews. For more information, contact Dave Clifford at dave@usthemgroup.com

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