Project Ethos returned to LA Fashion Week at the Avalon last weekend, but before any model traffic could occupy the runway, local darlings ROBOTANISTS set the mood by debuting new material from their third full-length, Plans In Progress. Comprised of songwriters Sarah Ellquist (vocals & keys) and Daniel DeBlanke (guitar, keys) and rhythm section Keith Boyarsky (bass) and Preston Scott Phillips (drums), things have been busy for ROBOTANISTS. Maybe you haven’t heard about their remarkable feat of giving Radiohead’s stealth LP, The King of Limbs, a track by track reworking just 24 hours after the album was released? That concentrated dose of brilliance comes in addition to the new LP, produced by Danny Kalb, whose resume includes Beck, Karen O and Feist.

The sporadic use of darker, electronic trimmings allow ROBOTANISTS to sustain a dreary tinge that seems to shroud their music. This effectively stifles something that would otherwise be high-spirited, like LA smog quietly and gently concealing the sun’s euphoric radiations. “On/Off The Ledge” is one of the album’s more effervescent moments. The confusion and frustration conveyed in the song’s title is made audible by weaving a hypnotic piano, a thudding bass line, choppy drums, besetting guitars, and Sarah Ellquist’s impassioned vocals. Ms. Ellquist appeared more than comfortable up on that runway, but seemingly any stage will do for ROBOTANISTS, who’ve spent a great deal of the last two years touring, and will continue to do so for the time being, as they hit SXSW. The promotion process for Plans In Progress is far from over, and with an LP full of fetching tracks, whose gigantic choruses will penetrate your subconscious and stay there, ROBOTANISTS look primed to mimic their local admiration on a profoundly larger scale…

Plans In Progress - FULL ALBUM STREAM!

CHECK OUT THE ROBOTANISTS COVER OF RADIOHEAD’S The King of Limbs

ROBOTANISTS – On/Off The Ledge

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  1. [...] performing at the Avalon in the heart of Hollywood on the 12th for LA Fashion Week (here’s a review + photos + video). Thank you to everyone that came and made it an amazing night. The number of [...]

  2. [...] ALBUM + CONCERT REVIEW “concentrated dose of brilliance… and with an LP full of fetching tracks [Plans in Progress], whose gigantic choruses will penetrate your subconscious and stay there.” [...]

  3. [...] ALBUM + CONCERT REVIEW “concentrated dose of brilliance… and with an LP full of fetching tracks [Plans in Progress], whose gigantic choruses will penetrate your subconscious and stay there.” [...]

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