Saturday, August 12, 2006

Coca-Cola Kids.

Or otherwise known as Kent.

First heard of them two weeks ago, when I received "Romeo Återvänder Ensam" (many thanks to Sul!). And I've been bloody hooked since. This quintet from Sweden, are one of the finest purveyors of 'anthemic indie rock', and better if you like your music laced with Scandanavian influence.

Unfortunately, unlike the other major Swedish export, these guys are still not as popular as affordable furniture. RCA picked up their LP 'Isolde', for distribution in the U.S. in 1998, but it wasn't terribly successful (althought they are pretty big in Sweden and much of Europe).

Anyways, touted the biggest rock band in Sweden, Kent really delivers on the musical front (although to have Andy Warhol playing for you does help. Heh). Soaring guitar/vocals laced with melancholy. For fans of The Cure (of old) and Pulp.

Highly Recommended:
Kent - 747
Kent - Lifesavers
Kent - Parlor
Kent - FF
Kent - Den döda vinkeln
Kent - Rosor & Palmblad

"Two girls are too many; three's a crowd and four- you're dead!" - The Kinks

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Miss B-

I'm infatuated.

Right. Kite Flying Society is on heavy rotation the past couple of days; and has been the only thing I've been listening to today. Hailing from San Diego California, this band makes the most sickeningly-sweet (read: super fantastic) indie pop out there, that could fit into your typical Wes Anderson film. Not surprisingly, KFS lists him as one of their influences, along with

The Kinks
The Shins
Harry Nillson's "The Point"
Magnetic Fields
Brian Wilson
Fruit Bats
Rogue Wave

For fans of PAS/CAL (and kites). Listen to them, and you're reminded of The Beach Boys and Herman's Hermits. And KFS has this uncanny ability to make you feel loved, regardless of your maritial status. Bliss Pop anyone?

KFS has been mentioned a couple of times on the big blogs, but surprisingly, the indie blogosphere hasn't jumped on the bandwagon yet (yes not even Pitchfork). Unbelieveable. Their new album, Where is The Glow? dropped on the 28th July, and unfortunately is only available in San Diego. Or here via Paypal.

All highly recommended:
Kite Flying Society - "Love and Seagulls"
Kite Flying Society - "If I Could Split"
Kite Flying Society - "6000 Shipwrecks"

In other news:
Strokes' Hammond Goes Solo
Johnny Marr Officially Joins Modest Mouse

"Oh There They Go"