Folk-pop is the name of the game on the self titled debut of Bakers At Dawn. For the most part, the thirteen tracks contained within meet their mark; theyâ€™re melodic and pleasantâ€”everything we know Swedish pop to encompass. Swedish pop is, at least in terms of its homogenous nature, kinda like 90s US alternativeâ€”it is easily recognizable as Swedish pop and the same is true for Swedish folk-pop.
The instrumentation, at times, can be likened to Neutral Milk Hotel, while Bakers At Dawn front-man Marcus SjÃ¶land comes off somewhere around Son, Ambulanceâ€™s Jeff Koster. Tunes like â€œEndlessâ€ and â€œOh Noâ€ and â€œSilly Gunâ€ live up to these similarities. The finger plucked guitars in the latter hint at early Son, Ambulance, while the former is somewhat reminiscent of NMH.
But, itâ€™s in songs like â€œHopefulâ€ and â€œLay It Asideâ€, when these similarities are minimal or even nonexistent, where Bakers At Dawn appears most comfortable. The latter moves away from the folk to almost become electro-pop, and also proves to be one of the best tunes on the album. It is this albumâ€™s â€œElectronic Renaissanceâ€ (from Belle And Sebastianâ€™s Tigermilk). While I would hardly call SjÃ¶land a Stuart Murdoch, I would give Bakers At Dawn two thumbs up.
Bakers At Dawn: Hopeful [mp3]
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Series II Records [CD, 2008]
Better And All
Lay It Aside
In A Jar