Friday, January 14, 2011

L.A. indie-pop darlings ROBOTANISTS reveal tracklist and art for new album, RCRD LBL premieres first single.

"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 have released the first single from their forthcoming new album, Plans In Progress, produced by Danny Kalb (Beck, Karen O, Feist). RCRD LBL posted the premiere of the song, "On/Off The Ledge" today, which is available HERE

The quartet, often compared to Florence + The Machine, Jenny Lewis, The Xx, et al., have also revealed the track listing and artwork for Plans in Progress. The CD/digital release will be available via Overhead Records on February 15th, 2011. 

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. "Subtlety is Underrated" was recently featured in a particularly provocative striptease scene on the 2011 season premiere of the MTV hit reality show, The Jersey Shore

The group's latest effort further expands its lush and lulling sound with contributions from Brad Breek (The Mae Shi, Skull Tape) who added analog synth throughout. 

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
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 (MP3)
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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