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Album Review

The Universe is a side project by Architecture in Helsinki's Gus Franklin, and their debut album, The Outer Void Intrepid Sailor, is a much more focused affair than that eclectic collective's sprawling albums. Seemingly highly influenced by both '70s art rock (think Hunky Dory-era David Bowie and mid-career 10cc) and more recent dream pop fabulists like Mercury Rev and Grandaddy, Franklin has created an honest-to-goodness concept album, telling the story of a solo astronaut through clever, catchy pop songs like "The Announcement" (which has the childlike feel of a classic Flaming Lips song matched to a rich melody that recalls the High Llamas) and the dreamy "Grand Central" (more akin to the ramshackle psychedelia of the Olivia Tremor Control). More engagingly tuneful than Architecture in Helsinki's own albums, with several immediately catchy choruses and excellently realized arrangements that mix orchestral influences with vintage electronic bleeps and whirs, The Outer Void Intrepid Sailor is right on the edge of over the top, but Franklin's strong melodic sense and winsome, boyish vocals keep things from tipping over into pretension.

Customer Reviews

This Album Rocks

This is the type of album that you fall in love with the first time you hear, and that haunts you when you're in bed at night, on the train going into work, eating dinner, etc. The melodies are undulating and comforting, reflecting all that is good from Architecture. Enjoyable the first time through, and only better over repeated listenings.


What can i say? Its simply amazing!

This is something special

While the cover artwork obviously pays homage to "Dark Side of the Moon", Gus Franklin is worthy of it. One hears atmospheric Beatles (I'd download a ton of Beatles if it were available on iTunes), early Bowie, Aqualung, Safety Scissors, a bit of Swayzak, etc. but all freshly packaged. Buy this -- it won't get old quickly . . .