Here are a few nice things that have been said about us….
Robotanists are dreamscape designers who know how to make a great, great record… “The Lack Thereof” begins with a country twang, transitions into melodic-ballad heaven, and crescendos into spacey bliss that is something you would hear from Philip Glass. The melody snowballs into echoey euphoric vocals that sent chills down my spine.
~ 402 Productions (USA)
Beautiful, breathy vocals; style for miles; and epic compositional turns that pull you in without pretense.
~ QRO Magazine (USA / UK)
Seductive and ethereal, Plans in Progress melds the mechanical (synthesizers, midi-sequencing etc.) with the mortal (i.e. real instruments played by humans) akin to the legendary lads from Abingdon, Oxfordshire along with the sleek sexuality (and grooves) of latter day Blondie and Everything But The Girl.
~ Amplifier Magazine (USA)
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.
~ Indie Rock Reviews (USA)
Robotanists set themselves apart from most bands, keeping an upbeat and interesting style at the same time as being deep and sensual.
~ The Deli Magazine (USA)
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.
~ AerialNoise (USA)
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
~ My Favorite M.A.O.I. (USA)
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 heroes. 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.
~ Radio Free Silver Lake (USA)
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.
~ Carver Wilcox, Flavorpill (USA)
Female-fronted indie at its finest, a soulful voice cast over booming guitar and the downright pretty production quality typical of the genre. 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.
~ RCRDLBL.com (USA)
@Robotanists rerecorded the new Radiohead record better than Radiohead!
Yes. We’re as blown away as you are [by ROBOTANISTS covering Radiohead’s The King of Limbs in only 24 hours]. These aren’t some halfassed acoustic covers either (though in 24 hours even that would be impressive). These are full-bodied productions, Sarah Ellquist DeBlanke’s vocals echoing in your head long after the 37 minutes end.
~ Ray Padgett, Cover Me Songs (USA)
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.
~ Kevin Bronson, BuzzBands.la (USA)
[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.
~ Falling James, LA Weekly (USA)
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.
~ This Is Books Music (USA)
In the world of covers The Robotanists are fucking Picassos.
~ SYFFAL.com (USA)
Their EPs Close Down the Woods and Shapes and Variations are incredibly addicting… [Shapes and Variations] is one of the best cover albums of the past decade. Any band that can take something like Jay-Z’s calculated hit “Empire State of Mind” and turn it into a beautifully melancholic ode to Los Angeles is a band that demands your attention.
~ Gorillacoustic.com (USA)
Robotanists are a band everyone has to see live. I’ll even go as far as to predict they’ll be on the Coachella lineup next year.
The next-big-thing… Robotanists, [are] a progressive shoegaze quartet with a great EP
~ Shana Nys Dambrot, Falvorpill.com (USA)
If you’re The Bird and The Bee or Robotanists, cover albums come off as genius… every track [on ROBOTANISTS’ Shapes and Variations] is completely breathtaking!
~ Wild-Tonic.com (USA)
Robotanists do a great job of creating the soundtrack to your life in LA… “Never Tear Us Apart” is “the stand-out track… Robotanists give it a sweet and soulful makeover, complete with Casio tones, driving drums, and a lonely and powerful guitar solo. The song comes crashing down at the end like the INXS version never did, but you always expected it to. Effects and all – they find the soul of this song and expose it for what it is, a heart-wrenching song about the pain of loving so much it hurts.
~ LABuzzBlog.com (USA)
Joe Jackson’s classic [“Is She really Going Out with Him”] gets a gender bend and couldn’t sound sexier. “Dance, Dance, Dance” is reworked to the point if you didn’t know any better you’d assume Lykke Li was covering them. Seriously go compare the two… the band was challenged to make the most overplayed songs listen-able again. They rose to the challenge and then some.
~ inTraffik.com (USA)
Sarah Ellquist, Daniel de Blanke and crew use songs like Lykke Li’s “Dance, Dance Dance,” the Black Keys’ “All You Ever Wanted” and INXS’ “Never Tear Us Apart” like putty. Most fun, though, is the reshaping (and gender-flipping) of Joe Jackson’s “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” — which, when Ellquist sings it, becomes a long cool drink of water called “Are You Really Going Out With Her?
~ Kevin Bronson, BuzzBands.LA (USA)
…Ellquist has never sounded more confident with that beguiling voice of hers, a voice not too distant from Hooverphonic’s Geike Arnaert or Olive’s Ruth-Ann Boyle.
This gal [Ellquist] has such a voice, and the song, “Wait a Minute Here” is gorgeous! The whole EP [Close Down the Woods] is really cool.
~ Future Sounds (Live on Woxy)
Sarah Ellquist’s powerful vocals put the icing on the cake of this talented indie rock act… a historic live performance in the IsGoodRadio studio.
~ Is Good Music (USA)
In case you didn’t know, “Wait a Minute Here” by Robotanists is amazing!
~ New and Used Records (USA)
…Mesmerizing, hypnotic, engaging… ROBOTANISTS are just REALLY good!
~ Beat Crave.com (USA)
The dualism implied in the name of the Los Angeles band Robotanists is no misnomer. The quartet, led by husband and wife Daniel de Blanke and Sarah Ellquist, thrives on toeing the line between nature’s fragility and the imperviousness of cold steel.
~ Kyle lemmon, Ragged /Filter Magazine (USA)
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. Their penchant for the atmospheric never becomes an overbearing aesthetic, though — you can take the title of one of their songs, “Subtlety Is Underrated,” seriously.
~ Kevin Bronson, Buzz Bands.la (USA)
BEST OF THE YEAR: [Ellquist’s] timeless voice is the venom that takes you under after you’ve let your guard down from the music underneath it. She sings from a place that isn’t just lost in most singers of today, it’s become completely uncharted and only the brave dare to venture there.
~ OpinionHated (USA)
If Debbie Harry fronted Pink Floyd, you might have something like the Robotanists: moody, textured soundscapes with bright blonde melodies laced throughout.
~ Rob Getzschman, BlueComet.tv (USA)
BEST OF THE YEAR: In such a bleak musical environment, [Robotanists’ EP] Close Down The Woods is a float for rescue. In just 36 minutes Sarah Ellquist’s angelic voice leads us to different acoustic spaces, whether it be orchestrated pop, jazz or straight up Rock and Roll… with such impeccable performances, it is clear that this the surprise album of the season.
~ Idealno & Pragmaticno (Serbia – Translated)
Un sonido maduro, un rock que viaja por distintos estilos sin perder la línea
~ Fragments Soniques (Mexico)
@Robotanists sure make some sexy damn music. Ms. Ellquist is one wikked lil’ grrrl!
[Robotanists have] a mature sound, that travels through different styles without missing a beat, at times with dense atmospheres, retro moments, and many interesting arrangements, a little guitarrazo shoegaze, jazz, and an intense, sensual voice… [Close down the Woods is] the complete picture of a good band, premiering itself
~ Fragments Soniques (Mexico – Translated)