Komeda, The Genius Of Komeda

Barry Walters

By Barry Walters

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The Genius of Komeda

An eclectic bag of Swedish indie-pop

Drawing unabashedly from fellow indie-popsters Stereolab but also from Siouxsie & the Banshees, jazz, garage rock, lounge, Devo and other largely bygone pleasures, Komeda remains among Sweden's most eclectic indie-pop acts. On their American, English-language debut, analog synthesizers and cheesy organs bleep and drone alongside nervous, choppy guitars. Female vocalist Lena Karlsson croons with detached, non-rock smoothness, but more excitable male band members take the occasional cameo, pointing in directions that those other Swedes in the Hives would soon follow.