Genres: pop, electro pop, indie
This year's vote for the most picture-perfect pop album goes to
Guther's Sundet. This Berlin-based duo boast the charmingly
lush vocals of Julia Guther and the production and
accompaniment of Berend Intelmann (formerly of Oof! with
Barbara Morgenstern). On Sundet, the most recent and
least electronic of their two records, I'm reminded of the fresh, airy
compositions of recent Lush, and the vocals and structural
breeziness of the latest Ivy album. They've eschewed their past
electro-pop sound and replaced it with a more conventional,
guitar-driven formula. Despite the adoption of a more traditional
format, however, they coyly avoid staleness through peerless usage of
delicious pop hook after delicious pop hook.
Every song on here is a
simple pleasure to absorb. Meandering-then-breaking "Afraid" and
sparkling "Even When It's Not" may be the highlights, but the good
thing about this record is that its supporting cast is more than
serviceable. Whether we're considering the delicate and pretty
slowness of "Throwing Thoughts" and "Two Minds In Between"
to the more energetic strokes of "Statements" and "A Brief Encounter",
there isn't a misstep on Sundet. Their formula - comfortably
shimmering guitars, pulsing basslines, simple rhythms, and pretty
vocal melodies - is exactly satisfying. And when it comes down to it,
a great formula makes for a great record.
Fun Fact: Sundet is
the administration centre of the Norwegian municipality Eidsvoll.
Check the facts and a pretty picture
[Vitals: 11 tracks, 42:16,
released Sep 4 2006]