Slaraffenland Sunshine EP

Slaraffenland Sunshine EP
This five-piece from Copenhagen have been referred to as noise pop but such limiting tags are misleading. Relying on a standard foundation of guitar, bass, drums and vocals, the members of Slaraffenland overlay each song with electronic textures and via frisky looping, a jazz ensemble consisting of saxophone, trumpet, trombone and clarinet. It's a pretty bold formula to begin with but amid three originals the group have the audacity to cover both the A-Ha classic "Take on Me" and Radiohead's masterpiece "Paranoid Android." The hypnotic progression of layering elements of psychedelic folk, jazz and experimental rock over a core melody is the basis of the original tracks, and the same method is applied to the covers. It's strange enough to hear A-Ha given such a makeover but for Slaraffenland to be able to make both tracks barely recognizable in some ways and hauntingly familiar in others while keeping the whole EP sounding cohesive is a pretty spectacular achievement. (Hometapes)