Sweden's JJ (Joakim Benon and Elin Kastlander)
offered yet another take on atmospheric synthetic pop with
JJ NÝ 2 (Sincerely Yours, 2009).
The gentle lullaby
Things Will Never Be The Same Again seamlessly blends
semi-orchestral easy-listening, sweet female vocals and
The infectiousnly catchy and bouncy From Africa To Malaga cashes in
on JJ's method.
Ecstasy employs a looser, detour-prone, psychedelic structure, but
still displays the formidable skills of the couple in crafting
simple albeit creative beats and vocals.
The humble quasi-instrumental Intermezzo actually boasts one of the most
intense and colorful tapestries of rhythms and voices.
The songs reveal the subtle influence of
classical madrigals (Are You Still In Vallda?),
childish nursery-rhymes (My Love),
Western-movie soundtracks (My Hopes And Dreams) and
girl-groups of the 1960s (the evocative and nostalgic Masterplan),
but each becomes the victim of a deliberate shift of context by the
Alas, the mini-album Jj no 3 (2010) was a terrible effort at sounding as trivial as possible.
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