Tuesday, May 3, 2011

New Release: Architecture in Helsinki

Four years on from their last album, Architecture In Helsinki return with the hook-laden, magnetic and lush Moment Bends (out today on Cooperative Music USA/Downtown Records). It sounds like the record they’ve waited their whole lives to make, retaining the fizzing immediacy of its three predecessors and re-molding 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 ‘82, California ‘79, and Melbourne 2011, glued together with a dynamic bounce and a compelling romanticism.

Recorded over a 2-year period in the band's studio space, Buckingham Palace, Songwriter Cameron Bird says: “Moment Bends was all about being at one with our ideas, obsessed with popular music and falling in love with our hometown. We wanted to build a record to get lost in. A record that always feels exactly what you are feeling”.

Architecture in Helsinki Tour Dates:

02/19: Wiseman’s Ferry, NSW, AU @ Playground Weekender

02/26: Launceston, TAS, AU @ MS Festival

03/13: Meredith, VIC, AU @ VIC- Great Plains Festival

04/06: Hamburg, DE @ Knust

04/07: Luxembourg, LX @ Rotondes

04/08: Paris, FR @ Gaité Lyrique, Super Mon Amour! Festival

04/09: Rotterdam, NL @ Motel Mozaique Festival

04/10: Strasbourg, BE @ Laiterie, Super Mon Amour! Festival

04/12: Manchester, UK @ Academy3

04/13: London, UK @ XOYO

04/14: Glasgow, UK @ Oran Mor

04/15: Dublin, UK @ The Button Factory

04/16: Brighton, UK @ Concorde2

04/18: Cologne, DE @ Genaude 9

04/19: Copenhagen, DK @ Vega

04/20: Berlin, DE @ Maria

04/21: Vienna, AT @ Wuk

04/22: Prague, CZ @ Sperm Festival

04/24: Zurich, CH @ Kaseme

04/25: Turin. IT @ Spazio 211

04/26: Milan, IT @ Magnolia

06/01: Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda

06/02: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall

06/03: San Francisco, CA @ Slims

06/05: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

06/06: Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s

06/10: Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity

06/11: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

06/14: Boston, MA @ Paradise

06/16: New York, NY @ Webster Hall

06/17: Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live

06/18: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

06/19: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall