United States, meet Casiokids.
Without rigorous searching, here in the states only a small percentage of music fans here have had the privilege of experiencing this Norwegian quintet. They aim to change that with the release of Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen. The ten track album, released on the ever impressive Polyvinyl records, is almost entirely in their native tongue.
Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen is an electrifying syth-pop assemblage that will have you doing what most Americans do best, sing to words you have no idea how to pronounce. Easing open with a horn among jungle noise, the title track launches into a grooving electronic beat that will get your body moving. From here on out it’s anything but easy. Track after track, Casiokids dances about on a grungy retro keyboard facet of subtle vocals and entertaining yet simplistic side notes. Their ability to solidify an alluring electronic beat for ten tracks will have you hitting repeat instantly. The amusing, whimsical vocals fade in and out of a richly layered album inundated with quirky nuances. Offering up a dose of Casiokids addiction you can download “Det haster!” from the Polyvinyl website.
Even with the catchy beats and alluring songs, Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen doesn’t jump into full swing until you get to the crisp, boogie beats of “Golden Years,” one of two songs on the entire album titled in English. From there, its clear sailing to moments of electronic bliss, retro beats, and thoughts of “wait, was that line in English?” excitement.
An album like this is sure to open the door to a bright future for these Norwegian natives in the States. Though they’ve played at CMJ and South by Southwest, been endorsed by 80s legends and fellow Norwegian’s A-Ha, and had a short lived tour in late 2009, they’ve never been fully embraced by the US. The time has come to open your arms and get your Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen on.