Saturday, June 28, 2008
Envelopes--Here Comes the Wind (2008)
Album-Here Comes the Wind
Release Date-Feb 18, 2008
Review-Envelopes are the kind of band who if asked to draw a line, would grab three brightly coloured pens and squiggle them simultaneously about the page. Their songs are wilfully wayward, full of pretty guitar melodies that suddenly go skronk, flailing drums and keyboards that skitter about like hyperactive toddlers. Perhaps inevitably, there are moments when their second album is all bluster without purpose: Put on Hold, in particular, lacks focus, while I'm in Love and I Don't Care Who Knows It is cute but inconsequential - not least because the Swedish-French quintet sound like street buskers when they play it. But these are balanced by moments when the Envelopes' aesthetic is realised fully and brilliantly: on Party, a wonderful, awkward-indie-kid anthem in which Henrik Orrling quotes from Bonnie Tyler and pleads pathetically, "If there's a party, can I come?"; and, better still, on Boat, Audrey Pic's tenderly sung tale of a mother's fear of mortality, set to a plangent soundtrack of gurgles, shimmers and heartbeats.