Thursday, 16 May 2013

Alaska - Annie EP

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It might be a bit unorthodox to call two tracks an EP when it would more traditionally be known as a single, but considering the quality of the tunes on offer here we'll refrain from being too pedantic. They can call it what they like if they' have indie/pop songs like this. Swedish duo Alaska happened by chance, after two childhood friends bumped into each other in a bar after they'd both separately moved to Stockholm. Drinks were consumed and, as is often the case when drunken musicians get together, the notion of forming a band was reached. A self-titled debut EP was released last year, and now we're brought up to date with second release, 'The Annie EP'.

Chosen as the lead-track is 'Running For You', a song that stylistically offers nothing we haven't heard before, but offers it in a very endearing way and without any ill-advised cliches or tweeness. It's purely and simply a wonderful guitar-pop song with clean but not over-buffed production. It's possibly second track 'Take Your Time' that's best though. Beginning with ringing guitars and a fuller sound thanks to (possibly) some synths; this is more in line with what we've come to expect from the Swedish independent scene, yet this familiarity proves to be a sterling choice, as they pull it off with as much style as most others do. Excellent work.

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