Friday Bridge - Intricacy
"Intricacy" is the debut album from Sweden's Friday Bridge.The 13 track collection attempts to "exist in an unique musical universe, but one where you can see the shadows of Mylene Farmer, Dannii Minogue, Louis Philippe and Human League".
The album is the brainchild of Niklas Gustafsson who plays the majority of instruments and Ylva Lindberg who supplys the vocals, all sung /spoken in her breathy (what sounds like french) accent.
Reading the album's booklet on first glance it looks like it contains a series of little essays.However when playing the album you realise it's the actual lyrics to the songs, making them at bit polluted at times as they try to squeeze too much in.This is the problem with the album as it's a bit too clever for it's own good, lacking repetitive lyrics and melodies that will have the listener returning for more.
The album is fairly laid back, reminiscent of the sounds of Saint Etienne and Stereolab while adding snippets of chamber music to the mix.
I've not come across an album as pretentious as this since Dexy's Midnight Runners "Don't stand me down" back in the 80's which isn't suprising as that's the era "Intricacy" is firmly planted in with ABC, The Associates and "Dare" era Human League all springing to mind on first listen.
I can vaguely see what Friday Bridge were trying to accomplish with this album but unfortunatly it comes across more as an art project than a collection of songs leaving the listener unsatisfied and a bit empty at the end.
I recommend they take a trip to Ikea to pick up a few hooks for their next release anyway.