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Architecture in Helsinki have certainly come a long way since the late nineties, when Bird was a gangly kid in a New South Wales country town messing around with his buddies Jamie Mildren and Sam Perry. They moved to Melbourne and soon found likeminded musical souls in Kellie Sutherland and Gus Franklin. The five of them have continued on the Architecture in Helsinki rollercoaster to this ... Read more in Amazon's Architecture in Helsinki Store

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  • Audio CD (May 3, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Downtown
  • ASIN: B004JXMSKE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,856 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Escapee
2. Contact High
3. W.O.W.
4. Sleeptalkin'
5. Yr Go To
6. That Beep
7. Denial Style
8. Everything's Blue
9. Desert island
10. I Know Deep Down
11. Out Of Focus
12. B43D

Editorial Reviews

2011 album from the Australian Popsters. Moment Bends sounds like the album they've waited their whole lives to make, retaining the fizzing immediacy of its three predecessors but re-molded with a more sophisticated touch. In large parts, Moment Bends is in dialogue with the dance floor, without being a slave to any particular rhythm. So, imagine a sound equal parts Italia 1982, California 1979 and Melbourne 2011, glued together with a dynamic bounce and a compelling romanticism. Recorded over a two year period in the band's studio space. The band enlisted longtime collaborator Francois Tetaz to guide them through the record making process, in a spiritual healing/ co-production /mixing role.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Johansen on May 9, 2011
Format: MP3 Music
This album seems like a logical transition for Architecture in Helsinki, who put themselves on the map with the hyperkinetic 2005 album, In Case We Die. That album was all over the map but was so creative and bursting with energy that it found a home in the headphones of a large amount of new fans. After a slightly calmed down, but no less tame 2007 album, Places Like This, the band has matured nicely on Moment Bends. This is a streamlined collection of pop songs that is uniquely Architecture in Helsinki, though a version that is catered more towards the general public and not just a niche community. I enjoy this album from start to finish but the highlight is definitely YR GO TO. Sleep Talkin and That Beep are also a couple of my favorites. Escapee has that old Architecture in Helsinki feel, while the opener Desert Island lets the listener know immediately that this is a new direction for the band. The single Contact High is solid but unspectacular, which is a nice way of describing this album; it will not set any new standards but is an enjoyable listen that should demand more than a few trips to your stereo over the course of the summer.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By hometown unicorn on August 4, 2011
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You'll feel embarrassed for liking this for about 30 seconds, before that feeling dissolves into unhinged glee. I definitely had a WTF moment when I heard the opening bits of the first track, "Desert Island", followed by a mild panic attack, thinking that AiH had ditched everything I liked them for. Luckily, by the end of "Desert Island" I was already sold. By "Yr Go To", I had a huge grin on my face, heart pounding in my throat. I love it when a band can still shock and excite me. It would be easy to dismiss Moment Bends as some light pop, and there's definitely heaps of immediate stuff on it but a thousand extra layers that I know will grow gradually the more time you give it.
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By sarah on December 21, 2013
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This album is mellow in comparison to their other work. At first I didn't like it but of course it grew on me and I love it like all the rest! Beautiful!
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By Emily on February 28, 2013
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These folks are true musicians. Very different from their previous album but I embrace the evolution. Go and search "Contact High Acoustic Live" on YouTube and you will see how talented they are when outside of a studio using bare instruments on the street without any amps. "That Beep" makes me want to do the Robot. The only song I don't really care for is the last, "B4 3D." Ten out of eleven is pretty solid!
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There's a good chance if you're a child of the 80s, you will really really like _Moment Bends_, an album whose first song merges a little bit of Wham with a little bit of Matthew Wilder. Going nostalgic like it's done here is kind of extra nice, whether it's on the opener "Desert Island," the Prince/Paisley Park pop sounds of "Denial Style" or the Culture Club-infused "Sleep Talkin'."

But there's also something for those with more modern tastes, especially on tracks like "Escapee" (sounding eerily like Passion Pit), "That Beep" (highly addictive and very danceable, reminiscent of No Doubt if you merged them with The Bangles) and "B43D" (Lenny Kravitz meets Gnarls Barkley.)

With the exception of "Contact High" (too Owl City-like for me) I truly love every track on _Moment Bends_ and put the whole album onto my iPod, something that doesn't always happen in the piecemeal digital music world we live in right now. If you like albums that make you smile and your feet move a little bit faster, you just have to check this out!:)
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