Casiokids – Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen (Moshi Moshi)
January 18, 2012 by Daniel Gill
It’s good to hear some music in the winter meant for a spring afternoon with the sun blazing in the sky. Casiokids have this in their third album, ‘Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen,’ which includes exactly what the kids do well: Electronic Bops, Synth Boings and gleeful melodies… A happy welcoming to the year the world is meant to end.
Saying all that, the album starts with a three and half minute instrumental which plays like the ending to a 50′s film noir picture; you can just visualize a lonesome Humphrey Bogart walking down a smoke-filled alley while the accordion gently swirls. It’s more something you would expect from These New Puritans, not a bunch of Norwegian psychedelic whiz kids… But the slow moving introduction sets you up for the pace of the rest of the album.
A lot of the songs fall into that category of ‘not-quite-dancefloor-fillers.’ Songs that would put a smile on your face in a little back street bar, but wouldn’t get you off your seat in a bigger venue. Lead single ‘Det Hoser!’ is the closest you will get to finding that upbeat electro body mover, as it travels down the same sound path as ‘Fot I Hose’ (the track that the band will forever be known for). ‘Golden Years’ and ‘Olympiske Leker’ attempt to fill the floor as well, but they never seem to have the energy that the lead single produces.
It’s not all whirlwind synths and bouncy beats- Casiokids have a couple of surprises up their sleeves throughout the album. A trance-pop formula works well for ‘Kaskaden,’ but it’s ‘Dresinen’ which really shines. It’s more of a post punk offering from the band which turns out to be an unexpected gem. The sharp guitar riff pierces the electronic bubble that the synth pop starlets are normally in and shows they can produce great results when mixing with other genres.
Casiokids release their third album in a cold and depressing start to the New Year. The band have an album which brightens up the month with a flurry of songs which are like colourful, synthy fireworks, however these never seem to have the energy to make a bigger bang and a bigger impression on a whole.