Envelopes are not a band afraid of wearing their influences on their sleeves. Take "Party", the opening track from Here Comes the Wind
, a whirl of caustic guitars and low-slung bass lines that's so Pixies it hurts--at least until vocalist Henrik Orrling throws in a reference to Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" just to confuse you: "Once upon a time I was falling in love, now I'm only falling apart/Totally f**ked from the start". Elsewhere on their second album, Scandinavian rockers Envelopes roll along merrily, swiping from pop culture as they go, and discarding it just as readily. "Heaven" has something of the skinny chug of Talking Heads circa '77
, while elsewhere there's a splash of sassy B-52s chat in the vocal interplay between Orrling and female singer Audrey Pic. Nothing's quite that regimented, though, meaning Envelopes are feel to give the record's mid-point over to some whimsical experimentation--"Boat" disappears into a peculiar sonic soup of wobbling echo and walkie talkies, while the following "Put on Hold" is an oddly freeform electro-pop song powered by chunky organs and Casio hand-claps. It's an unfocused sort of fun, but no worse for it. --Louis Pattison
2008 sophomore album from the poptastic five piece who hail from Stockholm, Malmo and Paris. Their unique vision of modern Pop music draws on influences from The Pixies, the B-52s and Talking Heads while sounding entirely unique. Features the singles 'Party', 'Life On The Beach' and 'Smoke In The Desert, Eating The Sand, Hide In The Grass'.