Single Review: jj – jj n° 4

By on Tuesday, 24th April 2012 at 1:00 pm
 

Ambient Swedish electronic two-piece jj have been on a steady rise to fame since their debut album release in 2009. Best known for remixing and collaborating with some of the biggest names in r&b – including Akon and Ne-Yo, the dream pop duo are releasing their first new material in two years.

Originally titled ‘Beautiful Life’, it has since been dubbed ‘jj n° 4’ to match the style of their other record releases. From the off it’s instantly recognisable as the enigmatic Swedes creating the most beautiful, yet haunting lullaby. The swooshing synthesised sounds are complemented by the plinky-plonky keys and tribal percussion that elevates jj’s music far beyond their electronica peers.

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Elin Kastlander’s whimsical voice echoes softly over the serenity of the music. The inherent innocence and purity is confirmed by the lyrics “it’s a beautiful night to live our beautiful life”, followed by huge bassy wave crashes and wind chimes. The sheer amount of layers involved adds overwhelming depth and heart to what is already a passionate performance that hopefully paves the way for a new jj album in the near future.

7/10

‘jj n° 4’ is out on the 8th of May on Secretly Canadian.

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