Where to begin with them. Loved Sameblod from the second I first listened to them. They released a fantastic EP last year along with the most beautiful visuals. In September they came down all the way from Sweden to play at the first Poule d’Or concert in Hamburg. So bottomline, I’m totally biased when listening to their debut album Braided Memos which just came out through Norwegian indie label Riot Factory.
It’s (obviously) absolutely astonishing. Frederick’s on-point synth production and Mike’s vocals with lots of reverb go along so great that it gives me the goosebumps. Braided Memos really has everything a 10.0 synth pop album needs (looking at you Pitchfork): that epic 7+ minutes song, the shorter instrumental song, fast-paced synth-driven songs, great artwork and an overall feel to it that is hard to describe but you know they are destined for something big. Remember the first time you listened to Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix or My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy? It’s a bit like that. The dreamy mix of synths and reverb on Braided Memos has an amazing rhythm throughout the whole album and is so much more than just a collection of songs. Remarkable debut.
Braided Memos is out now on Riot Factory and up for streaming on Spotify. First single is UR Road – grab its b-side Loud for free on Poule d’Or 9.
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