Ramona Lisa (Caroline Polachek) Arcadia

Perpetual Novice
14th July 2023

Format Info

LP - black vinyl
LP - Sea Blue Vinyl

Completely composed in MIDI, it is a concept album of love songs that are nature allegories, and vice versa, which Polachek calls “;Pastoral Electronic Music”. The making of Arcadia was a year¬long process that began and ended in an empty studio in Rome’s Villa Medici and while on tour with her band, Chairlift. The record was made entirely on a
laptop without instruments or external microphones – all vocals were sung directly into the computer, making
use of hotel closets, quiet airport gates, and spare dressing rooms. Although the album was created on a
laptop, the result is a lush and uncannily tangible world of warm textures, reminiscent of analog tape
processes rather than a hard drive. Virtual oboes and organs interweave with synthetic insects and quivering
sine waves, animated by Polachek’s vocal at its most delirious and intimate yet.