Review: RadioSeed, There Has to be More

I’ve no idea what Sweden is like. From all I’ve learned on the internet, its a land filled with fjords, meatballs, IKEA and a really awesome summer. The latter has been the inspiration, I assume, for many of the awesome bands that have come out of Sweden in the past few years, and RadioSeed is another name to add to the list.

From the beginning of the first track, “Magic Friday” you might be able to get an idea of where the albums going. Filled with what sounds like sitar, bird-chirping and shimmering guitars, it starts to sound like it could be something of a more ambiant album, but as soon as the two minute track ends, and the next track starts, a wonderful Balearic sounding beat starts up.

The whole album keeps up this pattern, with wonderful instrumentation coming from Peter Wikström of the Swedish duo Ecovillage like saxophones, the occasional rhodes piano, and some foreign sounding instruments that I can’t even begin to imagine. It all leads to this charmingly loving sound that in this fairly cold Baltimore winter, makes me yearn for summer. At certain points, it reminds me of their Swedish brethren jj, and at other points DeLorean. If it makes sense, its “sexy” sounding, and the lyrics are teeming with romance and drenched in reverb, and perhaps a bit of heartbreak: “I can’t wait, I can’t wait to get out there, show you like its all about.” It might be a simple verse, but you get the idea.

The Balearic Beat doesn’t stay there the whole time though, occasionally it gets a bit dream poppy. On my favorite track, “Pearly Sister,” an almost droney synth [or guitar, I can’t tell] part looms throughout, with Wikström’s vocal heavily echoes, almost in a Gregorian chant sort of of style, with this slower ’80s power ballad drum track in the backing. The highlight comes after the drums drop out, and only the wonderful ambiance remains, in this heart wrenching sad key. Its incredibly beautiful. The roller coast ride comes to a close on the 11 minute ultimate track “Miracle of Triumphant” filled with violins, tin-can drums and beautiful synth pads. It’s a microcosm of the entire album, covering more styles then most artists reach in their careers.

The album can be bought at Darla Records on January 11, 2011.

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