Release Date: Apr 12, 2005
Record label: Bar None
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
On their debut album, Fingers Crossed, Architecture in Helsinki felt like they were just getting their bearings. This gave the album, and the Australian indie pop collective's mix of symphonic and electronic pop, a tentative, first-steps kind of charm. However, after a spending a year on the road tightening up their live act, and a little while longer in their wonderfully named Super Melody World studio recording their second album, In Case We Die, the group sounds much more assured.
The operetta, commonly viewed with derision by high-minded types, has long been the playground of more serious musicians. Schubert, Friml, even Mozart, composed these romantic, comic operas for broader audiences (often under a nom de plum) as populist entreats. Direct comparisons to Viennese composers aside, In Case We Die – the second full length from Australian eight-piece Architecture in Helsinki – shares a markedly similar quality.