The band formed in 2004 with an initial lineup of Tel Aviv-born Tim Yehezkely (vocals), who left her Chemistry course at Florida Atlantic University to join the band, along with multi-instrumentalists Christopher Moll and Jonathan Wilkins, who had both previously played in See Venus. Their self-titled album was released in February 2007 and has been met with critical acclaim from Rolling Stone and Spin, as well as Pitchfork Media, and a host of other publications. The group was discovered by Andy Chase of Ivy and subsequently released on his Unfiltered Records label. Before the release of the album, an EP of remixes was released on iTunes featuring remixes by James Iha, Brookville, Roger O’Donnell, Tahiti 80 and more.
In Spring 2007, the band toured North America with Smoosh and Memphis. The lineup expanded to include Jeff Wagner on keyboards and Brian Hill on bass guitar. A brief summer tour took place to coincide with the band’s appearance at the Lollapalooza festival. The group is featured in the “Love” episode of the Nick Jr. show, Yo Gabba Gabba!.
By the Numbers is a series of cover songs released every month of 2008 with each track containing a number in the title. The initial release of the series was exclusive to Emusic in the form of free downloads. The mp3s have since been removed, and the complete collection was released in November 2008. The album met with positive reviews, receiving a 7.4 rating from Pitchfork Media, and the Orlando Weekly saying “the album charms with a sense of whimsy”.PopMatters called it “a LP’s worth of surprisingly coherent recontextualisations…a luxuriating delight”.American Songwriter called it “Moody and Cool.”
The band’s second album of original material titled Memoirs at the End of the World was released in 2009. The album received a 7.6 rating from Pitchfork Media, with Matthew Solarski calling it “a thing of pristine orchestrated pop beauty”. Following the release of the album, the most extensive touring to date took place, including the band’s first visit to Europe and a US tour with Stellastarr and Peter Bjorn and John.