Just yesterday the Tripwire office was discussing how we don't necessarily like to judge a book by its cover, but you can usually tell if you are going to like an album or not by looking at the artwork. Such is the case when we opened up the package containing Sweden's Club 8 (No, not S Club 8). It looks like something Belle and Sebastian or Arab Strap would have used, a soft-focus shot of a young couple sitting outside playing with an old SLR on a tripod.
The band has been around since 1995 and boasts a slew of influences, from The Smiths and Portishead, to Belle and Sebastian and Saint Etienne. The soft and lullaby-esque "Jesus, Walk With Me" goes down easy with angelic vocals and a delicate acoustic guitar. The more upbeat side of the group comes out on "Whatever You Want," which is reminiscent of the poppier side of The Legends mixed with the electronic undertones of Stereolab; very swanky and full of melody. At times the album makes you want to get your dance on, such as with The Concretes-esque "Football Kids," "Heaven" and "When I Come Around." On the slower side is the melancholy "Everything Goes," a down-tempo treat where breathy vocals are enhanced over an electric beat.
As summer fades away and the leaves turn a golden shade of brown, The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Dreaming is the perfect record to keep the days sunny and long, and make us long for dressing up and riding in a Vespa.