Published Oct 08, 2008Having just listened to the new Love Is All album for the first time, I can't but help share my excitement over it finally surfacing. It's been close to three years since the Swedes gave us their debut, Nine Times That Same Song, and even though the band have been active, touring and releasing EPs and a remix album, there's nothing like the real thing.
From the quickest run-through, A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night not only keeps the numerical thread alive but also the explosive energy and the vibrant, post-punky zip they overwhelmed us with on Nine Times. This is best captured by the first single, "Wishing Well," which was originally released back in the summer as an EP.
The video for "Wishing Well" (see below) makes the experience all the more gratifying, as the Gothenburg natives clown around on the beaches of Ravenna, Italy, setting up their gear for a less than precise mock performance of the song. Front-woman Josephine Olausson looks adorable in her pink-striped, oversized beach top, while saxophonist James Ausfahrt gets the beatdown from his band-mates, most likely because he rips solos that always outshine everyone. (The fact that he takes his sax into the water makes the violence all the more hilarious.) The rip-roaring intro never really lets the song have a chance to rest, as the band move through it at full-speed, led by Olausson's overpowering keys and the group effort shouting out the chorus.
A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night is set to be released November 11 through the What's Yr Rupture? label.