It feels appropriate, after last night's victory against our long unbeaten rivals, that we should praise Sweden for all their aptitudes. They already beat us on looks, fine design, architecture and scenery. Oh, less we forget their tasty cinnamon buns, and now it looks like they are beating us at the music game too! That's why we are supporting synth mad electro pop outfit, The Sound Of Arrows with their surprisingly adept debut LP, "Voyage".
Not often does a band come out of the shadows with a sound so developed, it would confuse one as to how long they have been perfecting such finely tuned interconnecting audible flusters. After having a good old headphone session with our Swedish friends, there are definite comparisons to be made, and not necessarily ones you may agree with, but the comparisons would not be written if they were not believed to be true. The pace of certain, in fact, most tracks on this album, are almost that of Architecture In Helsinki. Yes, there are many differences, notable in instrumentation and composition, but both have that pleasant "keep you going" vibe about them. A formula if you will for contentment. Once you have found this, it's pretty hard to go wrong. Similarities too to Neon Indian. They both have that intergalactic clarity. Breakthrough atmosphere bring me ups and appropriate hovering breaks, dropping key elements to induce a state of calm. These are rare, but warmly welcomed upon arrival. That solitary dive from the off is commendable. These guys are not interested in warming you up slowly, and it takes quite a bit of gumption on a debut to hit the ground running. However, with nothing to lose, and with a determined sound as such, the pay off is a hefty one. There are songs that can only be described as synthtastic. Tracks with high expectations uplift and smile to themselves, causing you to smile merrily back. Yes, this is early 80's, but mixed in with digressed Ibiza anthems. A mix we certainly haven't found before. There is clarity and lightness in well chosen sythstruments, a subtle pan flute frames unified chorus'. This is as stripped back to starkness that you will see on the album; enough you will need or want. So, what else can we say? A fine debut. These chaps have their work cut out for them to match such high standards, but who knows...It could trump it. For now however, you can happily rejoice at the delights that is "Voyage".