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."