museum of bellas artes Pieces (LP, £14.75)label: Best Fit Recordings
After a four year wait, Stockholm three-piece Museum of Bellas Artes cut the ribbon on their eagerly anticipated debut LP. Full-bodied, baroque and seductively melodramatic, 'Pieces' trails the darker climes of luxe-pop, melting disco beats into church organ, sustained synth pads into chiming bells and pistols-at-dawn guitars into post-punk basslines. Alice Luther's red velvet voice flails like a Grand Dame treading the Boards - the operatic electronica of opener 'Fantasia' paying its dues to Goldfrapp's Felt Mountain. 'Twine' scurries along in a balearic whirlwind and the haunting presence of 'Maze of Shells' lingers like a Victorian ghost. 'Bear Cubs' and 'Swan Boats' flex their rhythmic muscles with guitar and never has a 'Relapse' sounded more enticing. Childhood friends Joanna Herskovits, Leonard Öhman and Alice Luther assembled the band back in 2009 and released the neon-flecked debut EP 'Days Ahead' a year later. As they up the sonic histrionics and dim the lights, forget everything you thought you knew about Swedish pop and start over. Includes download card. Limited pressing of 300 only.
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