Album Review: Petter and The Pix – Good as Gold

By on Thursday, 25th February 2010 at 12:00 pm

Even if they appear to be all over the map, Petter and The Pix don’t need any Ritalin. They might be a tad hyper, maybe a little distracted, and most likely won’t sit still for too long. But why should they? When the world catches on to their latest album, ‘Good as Gold’, they’ll have no time to sit a spell anyway.

The second album from this six-piece Swedish band is a multi-genre, mega-layered craft that is both profound and confusing, making a one word description impossible to pen down. It checks all the boxes of indie, pop, rock, dance, acoustic and even soul. Despite the veil of mystery, a few good spins will allow the listener to lift the tracks, revealing something beautiful and original, with some elusiveness still remaining.

The frenzied opening track ‘Never, Never’ is a shambolic number, with calming lead vocals, yet stands juxtaposed against a blurry landscape of manic backing vocals and a mad rush of whirling sounds – an appealing song that gets the listener interested in what follows.

What lurks in the shadow of ‘Never, Never’ is the infectious ‘In The End Of The Day’, complete with a catchy melody that is sure to stick in your head, both day and night. Another oxymoron of a tune, the song itself is very poppy and a sense of happiness within is natural, despite Petter’s talk of being alone by – surprise, surprise – the time the day ends. Meanwhile, ‘Four Walls’ suggests something reminiscent of The Cure’s early days, while the electro-pop ‘Good as Gold’ also echoes the new wave movement of the early ‘80s. Finally, the closing track, ‘Last Time’ offers a tender, ballad-esque lullaby to drift peacefully off to sleep to.

But before you slumber or make any preconceived notions of what exactly this band is or the music they create be sure to set your alarm clock to the opening track. A new slew of perceptions are bound to rouse your bones and fill your head, causing you to listen once again to this highly enjoyable album.

MP3: Petter and the Pix – Momentarily Lost


‘Good as Gold’ by Petter and the Pix will drop in the UK on 03 May.

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