Putting a danceable twist on art rock, Krautrock, and avant-garde influences, Chandeliers’ kaleidoscopic electronic jams are artful yet accessible. Together the trio of Chris Kalis, Harry Brenner, and Scott McGaughey played with adventurous indie rock bands like Icy Demons, Killer Whales, and Michael Columbia and began making electronic music in 2004 as an escape from Chicago’s chilly winters, debuting live early the following year at University of Chicago. Their first recording, the Circulation EP, arrived two years later and the albums The Thrush, Dirty Moves, and Roulé (a split with like-minded Chicagoans Mahjongg) revealed more layers of Chandeliers’ entrancing energy. In 2011, Cinema 16 commissioned the group to perform original live scores to Wallace Berman's Aleph; and Elmen Etting's 1933 nature/dance film Oramunde. The grooves continued on the 2012 album Founding Fathers, deemed "one of the most exciting records to come out of the Chicago underground in a long time" by the Chicago Tribune. Chandeliers have toured with and locally supported groups such as Yeasayer, Blues Control, Shabazz Palaces, Javelin, Man Man, Nite Jewel, John Maus, Sleigh Bells, and Cluster and performed at the WIRE Adventures in Modern Music Festival and Tomorrow Never Knows Festival. The group's music has received praise from Pitchfork, The Fader, MTVHive, AdHoc, Chicago Tribune, WBEZ, Vocalo, AllMusic, CHIRP, WNUR, WFMU, KCRW, The WIRE, and many others. They have performed the music of Terry Riley, Moondog, Steve Reich, and the Residents. In 2015, Lisa Armstrong joined the ensemble and they composed a number of live scores, including a live score to the 1981 Hungarian animated film Feherlofia at CIMMFest 2015. Chandeliers are preparing a number of singles, a full length LP, and a score to the feature film "Orders" for release in 2016.
July 22, 2016 \ Chicago, IL \ Reggies \ with PSYCHIC TV
"Founding Fathers" is one of the most exciting records to come out of the Chicago underground in a while. While the ensemble is still a fundamentally avant-garde band, the members' love of vintage, synthetic funk drives the sound and makes for danceable songs free of cliche and full of surprises."
"The melange of references range from disco to Acid; from Herbie Hancock to House; the colour of psychedelia to the groove of Moroder, all united by a cleaner than clean electronic sound. It’s music for a perfect world, the soundtrack for a club where the dawn never comes and the lights are never turned on."
"Founding Fathers explores galactic pop, krautrock retrofuturism, incandescent jazz aesthetics, and acid house so acidic, Timothy Leary wouldn't even fuck with it. While their space funk grooves might feel familiar, closer listens reveal a visceral alienness that's hard to properly relate, which is always the mark of a novel approach."
"One of the best-sounding albums I've heard in a while, full of deep, rich bass and ethereal but warm synth pads, which they apply to novel hybrids of a diverse range of styles—Krautrock, dub, new-agey ambient."
"Snatches of early Chicago House..
and echoes of German experimentalism. What’s unleashed is an endearingly kaleidoscopic, complex world. As evocative as the evocative things it invokes."
"Chicago's Chandeliers are fantastic without qualification. The foursome plays a sort of DFA disco-rock with a shitton of synthesizer. It makes you wonder why James Murphy is signing a twee lap-pop dude like YACHT when something this great is out there. Fear of getting upstaged? Yes, it's that good. The room, all of it, bobbed and flailed approvingly."
Baltimore City Paper
"Spinning influences into a lo-fi sound that feels untethered and astute, the effect is mesmerizing, and keeps us reaching to hit play."