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The Swedes Never Cease to Amaze, Smile's 'A Flash in the Night' is Further Proof

Published: Friday, May 11, 2012

Updated: Friday, May 11, 2012 17:05

Smile

A Flash in the Night
(Ingrid)
Grade: B+

Oh, Sweden. You’re a wonderful country with wonderful music and you never cease to stump me. Ingrid is a new record label devised by Swedish musicians Miike Snow, Lykkie Li, Peter Bjorn & John, and Teddybears among others.

Smile is a project that belongs to Björn Yttling from Peter Bjorn & John and Joakim Åhlund from Teddybears. If you happen to be a fan of their previous work, there is a strong possibility you’ll love Smile. Listening to A Flash in the Night makes you want to go out and make a short film just so you can make it the soundtrack. In fact, it’s hard not to visualize cinematic scenes that would fall in line perfectly with the tracks.

It can technically be described as an electronic album, but it ventures out of the genre quite a bit. Yttling and Åhlund are both accomplished musicians and producers, and it’s nice to see they collaborated together so well.

Very few songs actually have vocals on them, which is a bit frustrating at first but quickly becomes a non-issue. Tracks such as “A Flash in the Night” and “Clean Gloves, Dirty Hands” don’t need vocals and lyrics and will probably get remixed a million times into new electronic incarnations. We can’t wait to see what else this talented bunch will throw at us.

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