Album Review: Ramona Lisa - Arcadia

22 May 2014 | 1:27 pm | Guido Farnell

"Gaga might think she’s peddling art pop – this is undoubtedly the real deal"

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Chairlift's Caroline Polachek dons the exotic mystique of her Ramona Lisa alter ego for the release of her first solo album. Reportedly created on the road with just a laptop, Polachek has created a heavenly, dreamy album of fluid, organic electronica with symphonic aspirations. It's against her pastel-coloured arrangements that Polachek drops her distinctive hazy out-of-focus vocals, which move from delicate melodies to multi-layered abstraction. Arcadia lets listeners daydream as they drift across Polachek's luscious ambiences. Gaga might think she's peddling art pop – this is undoubtedly the real deal.