"Songwriters and husband-wife duo Daniel de Blanke and Sarah Ellquist lie at the ghostly heart of ROBOTANISTS, while rhythm section Keith Boyarsky and Preston Scott Phillips are the unwavering nerve center. In 2007 the foursome met up in (Los Angeles' Music Mecca) Silver Lake, and began working on “Close Down the Woods,” a eerily breathtaking EP drawing inspiration from numerous places including, Ellquist and de Blanke’s classical roots, a unanimous love of all things Radiohead and the harmony drenched songs of Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). The result is a debut effort in a musical place all its own.
Although effortlessly boasting epic stadium-worthy choruses, the songs of “Close Down the Woods” still carry their own with an alluring bedroom intimacy. At barely 37 minutes long, it is a brief seven song collection that intentionally leaves you wanting more – a prelude to a band as they are at this moment, wandering today’s musical landscape, and creating their own world, in the absence of home."
~ The Deli Magazine/ Los Angeles