Caroline Polachek

Today we have a guest recommendation from Karl Delossantos, an editor at the New York Times and chief critic at Smash Cut Reviews. After a stint as the lead vocalist of indie pop band Chairlift — best known for “Bruises” aka that one song you heard in the credits of every late 2010s indie movie — Caroline Polachek shifted to other projects exploring new genres. Under the name CEP she produced a minimalist ambient album consisting solely of manipulated sine waves. Her goal was to create music that was a “neutral writing tool” that focused on “pure notes.” It’s the very essence of ambient.

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