Razika – Program 91 (Smalltown Supersound)
September 12, 2011 by Daniel Gill
With all the new genres, sub genres, throwback genres buzzing around at the minute, its pleasant to hear something simple and fun, something which doesn’t have any outlandish musical characteristics. A genre that is close to home and that states no matter how many new genres blow up every year, it will always be there holding its own in the mix throwing out young new bands. That genre is post-punk, and the young new band is Norwegian starlets Razika.
Razika have taken a youthful and candied approach to post punk adding that suger coated layer on the top of it giving it that pop flavour when you first listen. Underneath this there is also a heavy ska influence in many of the songs, ‘Nytt P Nytt’ is a bit like something from The Specials if they were Scandinavian youngsters on too much orange sherbet.
The title of the opening song (‘Youth’) couldn’t describe the whole of the album any better. The song reeks of sweetful innocence, from the lyrics which are sung in English yet still having that cute Norwegian twang to the bouncy chorus which is an automatic head swayer.
‘Program 91′ drifts by in the second period and Marie Amdam is yet to show her true lead singer qualities staying safely on middle ground, however on the album closer ‘Walk In The Park’ she moves up a notch ending the bands debut in glorious fashion. Amdam is armed with just an acoustic guitar and her voice singing about a promising romance drifting into Laura Marling territory, while the rest of the bands vocal harmonies join in towards the end closing the song in a soothing outro.
These are four girls who have been friends all their lives and making music since they were fourteen, five years later and their debut hits the shelves. It’s a fist to the air story for any fresh up and coming band if they are thinking of breaking into the industry. The album itself shows that Razika are talented youngsters with a bright future, and ‘Program 91′ is a massive stepping stone in the right musical direction. Its a debut which sparkles for the majority of its short length (just over thirty minutes), but with it being so short it flashes past too quickly, making it at times dazzling yet forgettable.