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Architecture In Helsinki

Moment Bends

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2011 album from the Australian Popsters. Moment Bends sounds like the album they've waited their whole lives to make, retaining the fizzing immediacy of its three predecessors but re-molded with a more sophisticated touch. In large parts, Moment Bends is in dialogue with the dance floor, without being a slave to any particular rhythm. So, imagine a sound equal parts Italia 1982, California 1979 and Melbourne 2011, glued together with a dynamic bounce and a compelling romanticism. Recorded over a two year period in the band's studio space. The band enlisted longtime collaborator Francois Tetaz to guide them through the record making process, in a spiritual healing/ co-production /mixing role


It took Architecture in Helsinki a while to follow up Places Like This, which they had recorded with founder Cameron Bird in Brooklyn and the rest of the group scattered across the globe. All the bandmembers reconvened in Australia to make Moment Bends, and it’s hard not to think that this is a large part of why they sound much more focused than they did before. The 2008 single “That Beep” -- which they recorded during the two years they holed up in their studio, Buckingham Palace, making this album -- suggested that Architecture in Helsinki were back to their usual bouncy and irrepressible selves with a veneer of sleek synth pop. Moment Bends makes good on the single’s promise, with Architecture in Helsinki moving forward by looking back -- not only to their own skills with hooks and melodies, but to ‘80s synth pop too. “Desert Island” captures the album’s feel, its artificial tropical paradise coming across like a strange but appealing hybrid of Wham! and Matthew Wilder's “Break My Stride.” It also features some of Bird's finest singing to date, falling somewhere in between his earlier wispy vocals and his forced throatiness on Places Like This. Indeed, much of Moment Bends finds the band discovering a happy medium between its old and new sounds, as on “Everything’s Blue,” which tempers Places Like This' attempts at funk with a fresher and more natural approach. Architecture in Helsinki don’t so much borrow from the ‘80s as they embody them, whether on “Denial Style”'s Paisley Park pop or “Contact High” and “Sleep Talkin”'s lightly soulful, Culture Club-like approach. At times, the pristine sonics overwhelm the actual songs, and the lone ballad “B4 3D” closes the album on a slightly anticlimactic note, but overall Moment Bends is a return to form, if not quite as inspired as Architecture in Helsinki's best moments.

Additional Information

Artist Architecture In Helsinki
Track Listing 1 Desert Island 2 Escapee 3 Contact High 4 W.O.W 5 Yr Go To 6 Sleep Talkin' 7 I Know Deep Down 8 That Beep 9 Denial Style 10 Everything's Blue 11 B4 3D

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