It's quite the obvious observation that I am, in fact, a big ol' fan of The Sounds. First off, they're Swedish, so, duh, there's that. But on top of that, they've put out three solid discs of new wave and pop, they're musically strong and heck, the quintet ain't so hard on the eyes either. With their 4th studio album due out later this Spring, it's time we revisit the sounds of, oh yeah... them.
Earlier this week, The Sounds premiered the title track off of their forthcoming release, Something to Die For, which will see daylight on March 29 via SideOneDummy Records. The cut is a synth-intro'd slice of kickdrummery and rising arrangements that makes the audio so instantly recognizable as coming from Maja and the boys. Pretty good stuff in which the pre-chorus echoes like No One Sleeps When I'm Awake version 2.0 via 2011. Yeah.
The first single from the effort, however, gets a little dancier, trancier, all up in your pantsier, and the darker tones emanated in this one are also immediately infectious. Better Off Dead was released just yesterday, and it's a smash waiting to hit your ear holes. Harmonies and melodies power the pulse of this tune, and we like it. A lot. Especially that middle middy mid section from about 2:10 to 3:15 where the song hits a curve then wraps and warps its way back around to one. So good.
You get both songs on the free tip, after you scope the track list for Something to Die For. Also, what's up with "death" prevalent in the two song titles? Oh well, they're great live too, so carry on.
1. It’s So Easy
2. Dance With The Devil
3. The No No Song
4. Better Off Dead
6. Something To Die For
7. Yeah Yeah Yeah
8. Won’t Let Them Tear Us Apart
9. The Best Of Me
10. Wish You Were Here
mp3: The Sounds - Better Off Dead
mp3: The Sounds - Something to Die For