ALBUM NATIONAL RELEASE: NOVEMBER
19, 2003 REVIEW: NOVEMBER 14, 2003
in Videoland is one of the most refreshing Swedish electro newcomers to
show up in years. Their rough, energetic and somewhat shaky electropunk
hits with a cocky female vocalist are just what the perfectionistic scene
needs right now. Although Alice in Videoland reuse familiar old synth
sounds and ideas in a charming way, I have honestly never heard a sound
like this. I seldom use this word but this is unique. Electroclash? Synthpop?
EBM? Futurepop? No!
Toril Lindqvist's peculiar vocals is definitely one of the main reasons
for this. Also the use real drums and primitive synth sounds. Sometimes
it feels like the songs are about to collapse. But somehow Alice in Videoland
manage to keep everything together. This adds a nerve. They go too far
with their "garage synth" here and there and sounds a bit like
a demo synth club band from the early ninetees. But they take risks and
just go for it. They are brave, especially compared to other hot newcomers
like Kamera who sound fantastic but play it safe.
Alice in Videoland have already kick-started their career. You never know,
but they might just become huge.