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by Climber

Electro Pop - Organic orchestration (analog piano, organ, keyboards, guitars and live drums) heavily seasoned with electronic elements (drum machines, chaos pads, etc.).
Genre: Electronic: Pop Crossover
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Album Notes
Willamette Week

“The magic of Climber's music, and the reason these guys deserve to be in the upper echelon of the Portland music world, is that they've found a way to create songs based in sadness that resonate with such life-affirming energy that they rarely leave a listener pondering the dark side of life,”

Portland Mercury

“Combining the ambient explorations of Brian Eno and the more melodic elements of post-OK Computer Radiohead, hometown electro-heroes, Climber, make Music for Upscale Boutiques...Climber's smooth, futuristic electronic creations have more pop-resonance than most of their knob-twiddling contemporaries, making them the ideal band to passively appreciate.”

The Portland Tribune

“There are electronic elements, but the primary goal is more about mood than big beats and dancing. The tunes are alluring, fragile and never head-scratchingly obtuse...”

Three Imaginary Girls

“Vocalist and pianist, Michael Nelson, reminds me of both Thom Yorke and Chris Martin, and he does it with a grace that few can pull off. It takes a certain quality of pipes to sing in that manner, and he possesses enough skill to not come off sounding extremely derivative, a failing task for many bands.”

The Oregonian

“Climber sounds computerized, even techy, but retains a human touch thanks to the sweet, vulnerable ache of vocalist Michael Nelson...”

Willamette Week

“What did we all do before the boys in Climber emerged from their basement and washed this fine city in warm organ tones and sweet, hushed vocals? I don't remember, but I imagine it was much more depressing and cold.”


Michael Nelson (vocals, piano, organ)
Kyle Lockwood (keyboards, bass, cello, bgv)
Dean Ivester (guitars)



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Love the CD
I dont know what all the fuss is about. I saw Climber live and loved them but I also love the CD. I listen to it all the time. I just wish there were more songs on it but I will take what I can get!!!


Great music
I love the cd ...... I can't wait for your next cd to become available.


Short But Sweet
This EP is worth a dedicated listen. Smooth, well-orchestrated electronic-alt permeated with drum machines, sfx loops, reverby (sometimes processed) falsetto vocals and synths blend for a drifty, floaty atmosphere, without treading into the ambient category. On the negative side, however, some of the tracks may be, in fact, TOO downtempo for some folks. Of course, if that doesn't bother you, I highly recommend it. sometimes Although lengthwise this CD is short, it gives us a substantial glimpse at the future of this Portland-based band. I'd recommend it to any fan of the Postal Service.

Note: the Climber website currently has five extra tracks available for download. I used them to supplement the short length of this EP.


Better Live
I checked out the album after seeing them live. I was amazed, they tore down the place. Just wish the lead singer didn't try to be Thom York so hard. So on a high from the show I checked the album. What I found was a dissapointment. The album was alright, but it couldn't hold a candle to the show. I really hope these guys can find someone who can capture their true sound.

Miss Electromod

Thank you $5 Sale
for without it I wouldn't have found this little gem.
If you enjoy The Postal Service you're surely enjoy Climber.
They deserve more coverage for their simple yet soulful songs.

Jan Hanford

Undiscovered treasure
The ep is one of the best things I've heard.

Saying the ep is a "disappointment" because the live show is so good is completely ridiculous. There are many many of us who will never see their live show. I'm sure it's apples and oranges anyway.

The ep is amazing music, I love it. And be sure to download the demos from their website, they are excellent.


I agree; it's better live.
I saw the live show and was very impressed. While the music was good, I was turned of by the blatant mimickry of bands like Radiohead and Coldplay; I'd like to see Climber develop a more unique presence. If you've seen and heard the live show, the CD is not an accurate representation of that sound. A couple of the songs from the EP have grown on me, but I was initially disappointed in the synthetic version of the music I had enjoyed at the live show.


i disagree that climber rip off radiohead or coldplay. I think you can spot the radiohead influence, but i think they already have a really unique sound. As for coldplay, i can't spot any colyplay influence :s
i really enjoyed these songs, and still do.


great cd !!great music !!! awesome artist:) thank's

Alun Hughes

Earnest and lush electronic pop.
Laid back slices of beautifully crafted electronic pop, coming across like a more diverse 'Air' or a substantially more chilled 'Postal Service'. Clear, soulfully delivered vocals over the top of glitchy, electronic swirls that never overide the delicate structure of the songs.