Pop Cycle Naked - EP
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||It Will Never Slip (Acoustic)||Marching Band||3:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||It Is Hidden (Acoustic)||Marching Band||4:17||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Uncomfortably Numb (Acoustic)||Marching Band||3:09||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||When I'm In a Change||Marching Band||4:12||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Pink Elephant (Acoustic)||Marching Band||3:28||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|6||VideoIt Will Never Slip||Marching Band||3:50||$1.49||View in iTunes|
Swedish pop exports Marching Band deliver a slightly darker but no less catchy collection of songs with the duo's 2010 sophomore effort, Pop Cycle. Having recorded the band's 2008 debut Spark Large in Los Angeles, main songwriters Erik Sunbring and Jacob Lind moved back to Sweden for Pop Cycle. Recorded during a bleak winter with well-known Swedish producer Jari Haapalainen (Camera Obscura, Ed Harcourt, the Concretes), the resulting album is a move away from the frothy, West Coast sound of Spark Large and toward a more sustained, introverted palette. Which isn't to say these songs don't retain much of the hummable melodic pop that made Spark Large such an addictive listen. On the contrary, songs like "It Will Never Slip" and "It's Not Your Dream (But His)" bring to mind the mature and layered sound of such Teenage Fanclub albums as Howdy and Man-Made. Elsewhere, tracks like the rambling "Something Stops" and "Pink Elephant" are little rhythmic and moody pop nuggets. Ultimately, as with all of Pop Cycle's material, songs like the swirling, piano-driven opening cut "Another Day" and the sparkling "Uncomfortably Numb," while melancholy and bittersweet in tone, still grab your ear as much as they break your heart.
Outstanding Acoustic album
This EP is basically a few select acoustic versions of the songs on Pop Cycle. That said, they're outstanding and completely exceeded my expectations. If you're a Marching Band fan like I am, this is a must buy.
Otherwise, treat yourself to Pop Cycle for this Swedish duo's feel good sound, then come back for Pop Cycle EP for the complete experience.
Keep it up guys!
Formed: Linköping, Sweden
Years Active: '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs by Marching Band
||For Your Love||Spark Large||3:39||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Gorgeous Behavior||Spark Large||4:32||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Feel Good About It||Spark Large||2:52||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Letters||Spark Large||3:09||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Travel In Time||Spark Large||4:41||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Trust Your Stomach||Trust Your Stomach - Single||3:20||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Okey||Pop Cycle||3:17||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Don't Go||Spark Large||4:24||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Another Day||Pop Cycle||3:40||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Make No Plans||Spark Large||4:08||$0.99||View in iTunes|