Amanaemonesia

Album: Something (2012)

Songfacts®:

  • Now a duo, after the departure of founding member Aaron Pfenning in 2010, Chairlift's Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly recorded their sophomore album Something in New York and London. They recruited producers Alan Moulder (Depeche Mode, My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails) and Dan Carey (MIA, Franz Ferdinand, Lily Allen) to work the knobs and Carey also mixed the majority of the record. This was the first single to be released from the set, which was released on Grizzy Bear bassist Chris Taylor's label Terrible Records in August 2011.
  • We couldn't find the word "Amanaemonesia" in our dictionary. No wonder, as Polachek told Spinner: "It is a made-up word, made from combining a bunch of other different words. It means everything it sounds like."
  • The song's music video finds Polachek further exploring the idea of free association. We see her dancing around a room at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in a lime colored bodysuit, sequencing her choreography to the song through improvisation.
  • Polachek explained the song's meaning to About.com: "'Amanaemonesia' is about irresponsibility and guilt, combined with confusion and anarchy and being very small in a sea of a big population. Splintering ourselves into multiple personalities within the song, that's a good perspective to approach the song from."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Mike Campbell

Mike CampbellSongwriter Interviews

Mike is lead guitarist with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and co-writer of classic songs like "Boys Of Summer," "Refugee" and "The Heart Of The Matter."

90s Music Quiz 1

90s Music Quiz 1Music Quiz

First question: Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson appeared in videos for what artist?

Alice Cooper

Alice CooperFact or Fiction

How well do you know this shock-rock harbinger who's been publicly executed hundreds of times?

Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust

Lajon Witherspoon of SevendustSongwriter Interviews

The Sevendust frontman talks about the group's songwriting process, and how trips to the Murder Bar helped forge their latest album.

Trucking Songs That Were #1 Hits

Trucking Songs That Were #1 HitsSong Writing

The stories behind the biggest hit songs about trucking.

Harold Brown of War

Harold Brown of WarSongwriter Interviews

A founding member of the band War, Harold gives a first-person account of one of the most important periods in music history.