Architecture in Helsinki - Moment Bends
Label: V2 – VVR763656
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre: Electronic, Pop
Style: New Wave, Electro
A1 Desert Island
A3 Contact High
A5 Yr Go To
B1 Sleep Talkin'
B2 I Know Deep Down
B3 That Beep
B4 Denial Style
B5 Everything's Blue
B6 B4 3D
Written-By – Gus Franklin
This album seems like a logical transition for Architecture in Helsinki, who put themselves on the map with the hyperkinetic 2005 album, In Case We Die. That album was all over the map but was so creative and bursting with energy that it found a home in the headphones of a large amount of new fans.
After a slightly calmed down, but no less tame 2007 album, Places Like This, the band has matured nicely on Moment Bends. This is a streamlined collection of pop songs that is uniquely Architecture in Helsinki, though a version that is catered more towards the general public and not just a niche community.
I definitely had a WTF moment when I heard the opening bits of the first track, "Desert Island", followed by a mild panic attack, thinking that AiH had ditched everything I liked them for. Luckily, by the end of "Desert Island" I was already sold. By "Yr Go To", I had a huge grin on my face, heart pounding in my throat. I love it when a band can still shock and excite me...
I enjoy this album from start to finish but the highlight is definitely YR GO TO. Sleep Talkin and That Beep are also a couple of my favorites. Escapee has that old Architecture in Helsinki feel, while the opener Desert Island lets the listener know immediately that this is a new direction for the band.
There's a good chance if you're a child of the 80s, you will really really like _Moment Bends_, an album whose first song merges a little bit of Wham with a little bit of Matthew Wilder. Going nostalgic like it's done here is kind of extra nice, whether it's on the opener "Desert Island," the Prince/Paisley Park pop sounds of "Denial Style" or the Culture Club-infused "Sleep Talkin'."
But there's also something for those with more modern tastes, especially on tracks like "Escapee" (sounding eerily like Passion Pit), "That Beep" (highly addictive and very danceable, reminiscent of No Doubt if you merged them with The Bangles) and "B43D" (Lenny Kravitz meets Gnarls Barkley.)
Architecture In Helsinki - W.O.W
Architecture in Helsinki - Escapee
(Live at Amoeba)
Architecture In Helsinki - Contact High