Boomkat Product Review:
Architecture in Helsinki are already a formidable Antipodean 8-piece, so what do you reckon they did on new album 'In Case We Die'? That's right; drafted in another 30 odd musicians! 30! And what's more, you can hear each and every one of them... Positively bristling with just about every instrument I've ever heard of (from the likes of a Roland Juno 106 and Tuba, through to a musical saw and power tools...), Architecture in Helsinki somehow manage to draw it altogether with a sound that is in no way overbearing or cluttered; an achievement in itself. Thankfully, however, there is much more to applaud than 'In Case We Die' being a musical tardis, with the album displaying a kaleidoscopic outlook that is utterly infectious and totally restless from the off. At turns sounding like Arcade Fire ('Maybe You Can Owe Me') whilst sharing a predilection with 'Pet Sounds'-era Beach Boys (all of it!), 'In Case We Die' is a propulsive LP which sees its few negatives (the vocals can err on the twee) blown clean out of the water by the incendiary, multi-layered compositions. Taking in influences that range from Cyndi Lauper ('Do The Whirlwind') and The Polyphonic Spree/Sparks/Cure ('Frenchy, I'm Faking') through to the Rocky Horror Show ('The Cemetery') and Christmas carols ('What's In Store'), Architecture In Helsinki have crafted a dense record that is tree huggingly delicious!