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Robotanists / Press

“Female-fronted indie at its finest, a soulful voice cast over booming guitar and downright pretty production quality... The Robotanists are here to fill that void [of bands like Denali] in every respect, and “On/Off The Ledge” is as sincere as it is dancy, adjectives that normally take effort to pair together. ”

“[Ellquist's] achingly candied vocals give such dream-pop chansons as “Terminal A” and “The Ghost You’re Haunting” a romantically yearning quality, as her musical co-conspirator Daniel DeBlanke surrounds her with shimmering layers of guitar and electronics… [her] sugary melodies and charismatic allure contribute to Robotanists’ considerable commercial potential, but one hopes that DeBlanke will continue to contrast such pure-pop ambition with the artful embellishments and occasional experimentation that distinguish the new album.”

“Robotanists’ versatile music effortlessly blends elements of rock and pop, reflecting a spectrum of moods rather than a particular genre. Their songs evoke different atmospheres that are intriguing and captivating, with a seemingly metaphorical depth and alternately sedated sound.”

“Robotanists are a group you want to believe in because the moment you hear the lure of Sarah Ellquist‘s voice [on PLANS IN PROGRESS] mixed in with sounds that are both ethereal and insistent, you want to know about the next set of twists to come.”

“Over ghostly guitars and pulsing keys, Ellquist’s vocals strike a nice balance between sultry/detached and warm/inviting, and on this sophomore effort, produced by Danny Kalb, the foursome strikes out for a broader sonic atmosphere. “Let’s steal this moment / and go as fast as we can,” Ellquist sings in the title track, and if this too-short (28-plus minutes) album is any indication, Robotanists’ moment may very well be nigh.”

“Let’s just face it. The Robotanists have talent. Their drummer (Preston Scott Phillips) is amazing. I always say, a band is only as good as their drummer. And, Sarah Elquist DeBlanke is a real “singer”. It’s so stupid, but there once was a time when the prerequisite for being a singer, was being able to sing (did I mention I just saw Glass Candy?). Sarah CAN sing. Daniel DeBlanke is one of my guitar heros. I like to think he plays like I do, but he actually plays like I would eventually want to be able to play if I practiced for 10 years. Keith Boyarsky plays bass, and really keeps everything together when they play live.”

“Plans in Progress is an album filled with longing and discovery… Robotanists have an electric future ahead of them. Comparable to The Sounds, but ten folds better”

“[ROBOTANISTS' The King of Limbs in 24 Hours is a] 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.”

“Evocatively dreamlike without sacrificing command or precision. [Plans in Progress] moves consistently through a spectrum of hushed melodies, crashing choruses and driving rhythms. The Robotanists’ third full length album may be the shortest, but it’s the most relentless and auspicious in what lies ahead for the four piece.”

"On their debut EP “Close Down the Woods,” Robotanists root around in the electro-noir explored by Mazzy Star and Portishead, with Ellquist’s sultry voice narrating the way through forays into the dark both metaphorical and literal." - Kevin Bronson, Buzz Bands LA