July 04, 2008

Norwegian Good

When asked "What is this?" I had to pause to think. The answer came out "Norwegian pop band echoing 90's indie tunes with a hint of Lush and Sonic Youth." I could have added Darling Buds and The Primitives blending Medicine and Go Betweens, but then no one would know what I was talking about.

Je Suis Animal are young, funky and freshly released into the Australian market. Lost & Lonesome are making the debut album available to audiences downunder.

This band will never be seen on Eurovision song contests, I'll warn you now. They're too good for that. People actually will want to buy the album. There's dead wood on the track listing, but at least it's European wood so it's somehow more appealing. The star tracks are Hotel Electronique and Secret Place, and you can hear them here...


Je Suis Animal are for the most part tame beasts, more scared of the forest than running wild through it. In their own words, "This is where we recorded our debut album: a community hall in the middle of the woods. Incarcerated, due to the risk of being eaten alive by hungry wolves and grouchy bears, we recorded 13 songs."

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