Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Ampop - Sail to the Moon


Ampop - Sail to the Moon

Easily one of the most chilled-out pop-tinged orchestral, yet entirely accessible to broad audiences, albums I've heard in quite some time. The only way to properly explain their sound would be if Muse (got off their high horse and got back to basics) had some fun in the studio with Jonny Greenwood, and a more talented Keane. Wow, I'm sure I just pissed off some people with that one but these guys rock! I'm not alone in this thinking, because word round the campfire is that John Peel rated their second album as his pick for top Icelandic album for 2003.

I recently received this disc in the mail from the ultra cool Vice Records/Musebox who have been hooking me up with some solid albums recently!
Vice Records/Musebox has become a standout with some of their new signees (ie. - 120 Days, The Streets, Bloc Party [formerly]). First and foremost I should really send out a hearty thank you to Christine, Stephanie and Robbie for this and the other gems! Just reading the EPK that came with the disc got me completely interested.

Ampop is a three-piece band comprised of Biggi on vocals and guitars, Kjartan on keyboards, and Jon Geir on drums. The band hails from Iceland, and shares more than just a homeland with Sigur Ros. Their music would most aptly be compared to the Reykjavikians, but Ampop's music is less theatrical and tends to have a more pop sensibility and I mean that in a positive way. Sail to the Moon is Ampop's third release, but first to see a US domestic release. Overall the disc is highly recommended, you can judge for yourself by checking out a few of the tunes on their myspace page.


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Blogger keep-it-like-a-secret said...

Like the stuff they have posted on their Myspace page, esp. 'My Delusions'. The more pop sounding stuff definitely hints of Muse. Is the rest of the album more orchestral or poppy?

10:09 AM  
Blogger iworkatinitech said...

It's actually a mix of both, but it's definitely more poppy than say Sigur Ros or Mountains.

7:56 PM  

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