Music Reviews
Peter Bjorn and John

Peter Bjorn and John

Falling Out

Hidden Agenda

Peter Bjorn and John are a trio from Sweden. Anyone who’s kept up with my recent reviews knows what the “s” word means to me, as far as indie pop goes and the standards with which I judge music from those parts. What these boys lack in grammar adherence they more than make up for with classic pop songwriting. Culling melodies from such stalwarts as The Beatles and Elvis Costello could lead a band head-first into cliché and irrelevance, but Peter Bjorn and John temper the well-known with the willfully obscure, like the Speak & Spell burbling undercurrent on “Far Away, By My Side.” The rest of the disc is much more straightforward than this track, but, as always, the pop is distilled to Scandinavian perfection. The most uncharacteristic moment appropriately comes with a fiery cover of The Concretes’ “Teen Love,” when the baroque framing of the album comes crashing down. It’s quickly built up again and enhanced on the string-filled outro and maddeningly good chorus of the aptly-named “Tailormade.” Hidden Agenda has another winner here.

Parasol: http://www.parasol.com


Recently on Ink 19...

Henry V

Henry V

Archikulture Digest

Blood, guts, and kicking butt in France — it’s the age-old story of Shakespeare. Carl F. Gauze once again enjoys the salacious violence and complicated plot points of Henry V, in the moody dark of Orlando Shakes.

New Music Now 011: Nora O’Connor

New Music Now 011: Nora O’Connor

Features

On today’s New Music Now, Judy Craddock talks to our musical guest, Nora O’Connor, about her solo album, My Heart, and the captivating new music she’s listening to right now. Tune in for great music, and more ’90s references than you can shake a scrunchie at.

Big Time Gambling Boss

Big Time Gambling Boss

Screen Reviews

Writer Kazuo Kasahara and director Kôsaku Yamashita transcend genre conventions to create the memorable film Big Time Gambling Boss. Phil Bailey reviews.

Frank Bello

Frank Bello

Features

Frank Bello’s new memoir Fathers, Brothers, and Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment, and Anthrax takes us from a New York childhood, to Anthrax stadium tours, to fatherhood with the charming informality of a conversation with an old friend. Then I’m Gone, Bello’s first solo EP, provides accompaniment. Joe Frietze reviews.

%d bloggers like this: