Monopot Optipess

Like late Yo La Tengo meets Sigur Rós, this album starts off lovely, slow and sweet with a soft male vocalist singing about girls and a uniquely Monopot atmosphere that never reaches the Sigur Rós odyssey level but perhaps can be called the inverse with what is an amazing amount of atmospheric noise with just two guitars and a keyboard and much emotion. "Sebastian” is a Nick Cave-like murder ballad with stripped down accompaniment. "Scena Napoletana” is a Jim O'Rourke-like romp through a short, clever melody. People in Norway love this band and keep nominating them for awards, the trio has responded with utter despondency and continued recording music in their small town while nobody knows who they are or where they live. Soon, my Nordic friends, soon. (Smalltown Supersound)