Label: Hometapes Release date: 28/09/09 Website: Official site It has been six years since the Danish five piece Slaraffenland released their self-titled first album and they are still producing the same kind of masterful catchy-yet-not kind of sounds they were then. Their new album We're on your side(/i> is up to their usual standard if not better. It is true Slaraffenland probably deserve more recognition than they get. With so much good music coming out of Scandinavia at the moment, it is hard to distinguish what is good and what is replicated trash. With Slaraffenland, it is clear that you have found something special and truly unique. This is hardly suprising when you know that the band knock about with Danish greats such as Efterklang and even formed a new band with them. The majority of the album seems to be more easily accessible to the ears than their previous work. It seems the band have gone slightly more mainstream while still keeping their extract roots. We're on your side has all the instant listenabilty of Modest Mouse but with the same euphoria and epicness of Sigur Ros . Almost like Mew but the high-pitched vocals are instead replaced with many low male voices. Not that Slaraffenland have lost their experimental sound that makes them so popular In the first place. It is still very apparent in their music with songs like 'Stars and smiles' reminding us what the band are all about. Indeed by the time you get to track seven on the album 'Falling out' the experimental, non-conventional side of Slaraffenland is revealed. This three minute thirty second splurge of electronic noises and virtually no drumbeats would be lost on the popular music fan. The penultimate track 'Open your eyes' makes for a trance-inducing repetition of guitars and brass that sneaks up on you. Along with the soft drumbeats and circular vocals, (“open your eyes, open your eyes, open your eyes”...etc.), the track seems to get you exactly where it wants you in preparation for the last song 'Away'. 'Away' seems to act in the same way a final closing statement at the end of a prominent piece of literature. All the listener has to do is figure out what the prominent point made was by deciphering the blunt, to the point lyrics and forming them into a singular statement. Good luck! Photobucket