Come Into My World
DAYBEHAVIOR have a particular skill at crafting stylish slices of electropop, the 2003 song ‘The Sweetness of My Pain’ springs immediately to mind – an exquisite combination of melodic beauty and melancholic ode of despair.
A 3-piece outfit from Stockholm, Daybehaviour originally began life in 1993 as a partnership between musicians Tommy Arell and Carl Hammar before singer Paulinda Crescentini joined to give the outfit its unique vocal identity. Their first album Adored, released in 1996, received sterling reviews from the music press.
Follow That Car! marks Daybehaviour’s third album and continues their talent for classy, sophisticated dreampop. The subtle tunes are constructed with a mix of Jupiter 8, Korg Mono/Poly and Siel Opera along with a smattering of other instruments all complemented by the delicate vocals of Miss Crescentini.
Opening track ‘Come to Bed with Me’ combines suggestive lyrics with rhythmic electronic moods. The opening bars are all classic synthpop and it sets things up very nicely for the songs ahead.
‘City Lights’, which originally emerged as a promo track back in 2010, is all percussive beats and vocal themes of wandering. It’s a lyrical element that’s present on a lot of the songs on the album, such as ‘Silent Dawn’ (released last year as a single) which echoes these ideas of travel and observation. It’s a picturesque tune built of brooding rhythms and suitable breathy vocals from Paulinda.
‘So Shut your Eyes’ emerges with an ominous choral intro and builds into an effective slice of Gothic pop. ‘The Blue Film’ is a slow vocally-driven number with a melody that sounds like a lost John Foxx song. This track segues into the brilliant ‘A Train to Moscow’ via dialogue samples from 1950 film thriller D.O.A. There’s clearly a love of film noir at work here on this insistent broody tune.
The album’s finest moment however comes with ‘It’s a Game’ with its clever lyrical twists and a tune that’s electropop perfection. It was the song of choice for Marsheaux for a remix the Greek duo did last year.
‘For a Thousand Years’ gives us a change in pace with an effective male/female duet and ‘No More Minutes’ is a classic composition of electro beats and buzzy rhythms.
If you like your electropop stylish then Follow That Car! is an album that deserves a spin.
Follow That Car! Is released 14th September on the Graplur label
Text by Paul Browne
13th September 2012