Haven't heard of The Switch? Unless you're a staunch follower of Norwegian music, you can hardly be blamed. The band has flown relatively under the radar, despite winning a Grammy in their home country.

Well, then, for the uninitiated, The Switch are at once gentle and boisterous, gracefully bending so many disparate sounds to their will that the cushion created is so smooth that an unfocused listener might not even realize how bizarre the combinations should be. Yet, in this band's hands, it somehow all makes sense.

On the surface, the music of Birds of Paradise matches its title readily, going down like pleasant nectar. In short, it could easily be mistaken for the overt pop the band began their career making. Peer even slightly beneath this veneer, however, and you're confronted with the aforementioned, bold mixture of ideas.

Pinning The Switch down to a genre is nigh impossible: yes, those are jazz structures you hear, along with a healthy dose of krautrock-esque engineering and tomfoolery, layered all along by the far more folk-orientated nature of vocalist Peter Vollset's soft singing.

The band sees it all as good fun, decidedly playful in their orientation. A press release describes the album's jazz leanings as “casino-style”, and the description isn't far off. Meanwhile, the band themselves compare their style to Muzak – aka elevator music – a seemingly dismissive joke, but it isn't hard to imagine the music of Birds of Paradise filling up a serene hotel lobby.

While this may seem a barb in near any context, when it comes to The Switch, the concoction offered is so pleasant that any establishment tasteful enough to realize the potential of the charm found here would be lucky indeed. It may well be music suited for calming patrons, but it does so to perfection. Should you be a human being, and find yourself desiring something able to set you at ease, look no further than Birds of Paradise. It's music painstakingly crafted to offer no challenge, a backdrop to any perfect moment. Whatever paradise The Switch imagined in making it, they've surely created one of their own. This is music as humane escapism.