Land Of Talk are Canuck friends of Broken Social Scene (who they're touring with right now). Their new album Some Are Lakes is very good indie rock. Singer Elizabeth Powell is reminiscent of Metric's Emily Haines, but the music is grittier, less new wave and less polished than Metric.
Kaiser Chiefs have enlisted Mark Ronson to produce Off With Their Heads and I like it. It helps that they've got a bunch of super catchy songs like Good Days Bad Days, and Ronson doesn't muck up their sound too much - a dab of funkiness here and there but still very Kaiser Chiefs.
Poni Hoax are my Roxy Music for this new millennium. Their album Images Of Sigrid will be in my top ten of the year for sure. Produced by Joakim, it is equal parts rock, dance and electronics with more than a hint of original new wave and post-punk flavor. These Frenchmen deserve to be heard by a much wider audience. The Bird Is On Fire rides a taut beat and bumping bass line, features some nice skronky sax and scratchy guitars and gets me moving every time. Delicious.
Dungen are Swedish, and they deliver an intoxicating blend of psychedelic rock, folk, prog, classic and indie rock on their new album 4. Main man Gustav Ejstes writes and plays virtually everything you hear, and it is as if he stepped out of the late '60s/early '70s. It is as authentic as anything from that era, and is expertly played and produced. I don't have a clue what he is singing about but with music this good who cares?
Land Of Talk - Give Me Back My Heart Attack
Kaiser Chiefs - Good Days Bad Days
Poni Hoax - The Bird Is On Fire
Dungen - Det Tar Tid
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