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Album Review

Danish indie rock outfit Figurines' 2011 self-titled effort features more of the band's heartfelt, intricate melodic rock. Once again centered around singer/multi-instrumentalist Christian Hjelm's yearning high-pitched vocals, the album also features drummer/multi-instrumentalist Claus Salling Johansen and keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Jens Ramon. Figurines is a collection of sparkling, lightly produced tracks bringing to mind a mix of the Shins' echoey alt-rock and the Fleet Foxes' harmony-driven folk-pop. To these ends, tracks like the keyboard-inflected "New Colors" and the jangly "Lucky to Love" are catchy, literate numbers that also draw upon the band's clear affinity for the work of such '80s icons as Echo & the Bunnymen and R.E.M. While a few of these songs stick in your ear right away, perhaps not surprisingly for a band named after small statues, the overall tone of the album is one of detailed intricacy.


Formed: Aalborg, Denmark

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Danish indie rock outfit Figurines formed in the mid-'90s around childhood friends vocalist/guitarist Christian Hjelm, bassist Andreas Toft, and guitarist/vocalist Claus Salling Johansen. The guys began practicing at a local school and initially all three played guitar until Toft took up bass and Johansen manned the drums. They began playing gigs around their hometown of Aalborg, and in the fall of 2001 Figurines recorded the five-song EP The Detour. Finished up over the course of one weekend, the...
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