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Various Artists

"Galant Records: No More Hi-Fi" CD

Galant Records

Genres: lo-fi, indie pop, indie rock

Mar 22 - 28 2004

No More Hi-Fi, a nice, big label sampler from the proudly lo-fi Galant Records label, gets a recommendation from me.  Indie pop is a great genre, and Norway is without doubt one of its hotbeds - I can't see how anyone could pass on this tremendously catchy, endlessly fun beast of a compilation.

Despite some less inspired moments, there are some really, really good tunes here.  Tom Cruise Control's "Wouldn't You Know" is pure, carefree indie pop.  I Is Lars' "She Cooks My Dinner" sounds like a more hooky Strokes tune.  Stereo 21's "No. 12" is amazingly pretty, melody-laden dream pop, somewhat influenced by Belle & Sebastian.  And that's just within the first six songs.  Other highlights come courtesy of peppy popster Professor Pez, lo-fi hometaper Ahlsen, and noise pop master Hotel Charme.

No More Hi-Fi is a terrific overview of the Norway indie pop scene.  Though some of the disc's later songs are a tad low on hooky melody, there's still plenty to enjoy in these twenty tunes.  If you get the chance to buy this, don't pass it up.


Fun Fact: The word 'galant' refers to an particular style of music from the eighteenth century.  According to the Collins English Dictionary, the genre was "characterized by homophony and elaborate ornamentation."  Read into that as you will.

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 20 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]