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Here Comes the Wind Import

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2008 sophomore album from the poptastic five piece who hail from Stockholm, Malmo and Paris. Their unique vision of modern Pop music draws on influences from the Pixies, the B-52s and Talking Heads while sounding entirely unique. Features the singles 'Party', 'Life on the Beach' and 'Smoke in the Desert, Eating the Sand, Hide in the Grass'.

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Envelopes are not a band afraid of wearing their influences on their sleeves. Take "Party", the opening track from Here Comes the Wind, a whirl of caustic guitars and low-slung bass lines that's so Pixies it hurts--at least until vocalist Henrik Orrling throws in a reference to Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" just to confuse you: "Once upon a time I was falling in love, now I'm only falling apart/Totally f**ked from the start". Elsewhere on their second album, Scandinavian rockers Envelopes roll along merrily, swiping from pop culture as they go, and discarding it just as readily. "Heaven" has something of the skinny chug of Talking Heads circa '77, while elsewhere there's a splash of sassy B-52s chat in the vocal interplay between Orrling and female singer Audrey Pic. Nothing's quite that regimented, though, meaning Envelopes are feel to give the record's mid-point over to some whimsical experimentation--"Boat" disappears into a peculiar sonic soup of wobbling echo and walkie talkies, while the following "Put on Hold" is an oddly freeform electro-pop song powered by chunky organs and Casio hand-claps. It's an unfocused sort of fun, but no worse for it. --Louis Pattison

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Party
  2. Freejazz
  3. Heaven
  4. Smoke in the Desert Eating the Sand Hide in the Grass
  5. Life on the Beach
  6. Boat
  7. Put on Hold
  8. I'd Like 2 Cu
  9. I'm in Love and I Don't Care Who Knows It
  10. What's the Deal
  11. Seawise


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 26, 2008)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000RPCEU2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,844 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By William J. Walker on February 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Their previous album "Demon" was probably my most-played of 2006 and rates as one of my favourite of recent years. The fabulous 'Freejazz' single left me pining for more. I just didn't expect to be pining for this long! Yes it's been 2(!) years and I must say I find it strange, that after all that time, the album contains the single and its B-side 'Put On Hold', all be it in re-recorded versions.

Their first album provoked comparisons to the Pixies, which I thought over played and missed the importance of the streak of wild playfulness, off kilter humour and unexpectedly intricate arrangemements that made them sound so unique. It is ironical then that I find myself hearing the Pixies in the first half of this album so strongly, indeed the bass line on the opening track is pure Kim Deal.

I don't know if it was a conscious decision or not but, with the exception of the still brilliant 'Freejazz' the first five tracks on this album are fairly standard indie rock, which isn't to say they aren't good, and they will certainly go down well with fans of the genre, they just lack that unique Envelopes 'something' that made the first album so special. It's not 'til track six("Boat" an Audrey Pic showcase)that the album really kicks in. Everything after this is classic Envelopes. Alas the album finishes way to soon and at 35 minutes could do with another couple of songs. Having said that, I hate it when an artist throws on some dull filler just to make up the numbers so I'll take this.

I must admit I teetered back and forth between 4 and 5 stars and ultimately decided to give them the benefit of the doubt as there isn't actually a duff track on the album.
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Do yourself a favor and get into this obscure Swedish band.

Envelopes are an awesome band that's been hugely overlooked since their debut 'Demon' in 2006. Their sound in unarguably modern and exciting - big choppy guitars and banging beats - immaculate production - and the female singer's voice, which is like nothing I've ever heard - insane, angelic and just totally compelling! I heard the track 'Free Jazz' from 'Here Comes The Wind' and was an immediate convert.

One of my favourite Indie albums, and soon yours too.
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