Boomkat Product Review:
This five-track, twenty-five minute EP from Danish avant-rockers Slaraffenland was originally intended as a tour-only EP, released for the purpose of propping up merch stands across America on their recent jaunt across the US with their compatriots Efterklang. There are two notable cover versions on the Sunshine EP: a spirited, jazzy rendition of A-Ha's classic 'Take On Me' and a proggy, fairly liberal rendition of Radiohead's 'Paranoid Android'. The former is particularly good, employing a mournful brass section to plot out the melody of the chorus, and does an admirable job of shunning any sense of irony. The self-penned songs should be considered the most important presence here though, and the band present an interesting alternative to the droves of Nordic post-rock troupes out there. Slaraffenland have as much in common with a band like Akron/Family as they do with the more atmospherically-geared emissions by some of their fellow Scandinavianists, and these complex arrangements take them into thrillingly bizarre territory on tracks like noisy kraut-folk droner 'Dust'. Recommended.