Release Date: Aug 18, 2009
Record label: Ghostly Int'l
Genre(s): Indie, Pop, Folk
This is orchestral pop with catchy folk grooves that aim to rise to a peak within each song, and does it ever. Choir of Young Belivers, the latest in a growing line of Nordic pop masters (check out the new Benni Hemm Hemm, for example), delivers a debut that is wise beyond its years. This Is for the White in Your Eyes is a dizzying blend of sonic love notes and tonal risks, all delivered without a trace of irony.
Fans of the Bon Iver school of album mythology will like the style of indie veteran Jannis Noya Makrigiannis. After splitting with his old band, Lake Placid, he took off to a village on a Greek island, where he wrote the songs that would become his debut solo album. The finished product was recorded in a studio, which negates any pastoral elements, but there's still a sense of rugged isolationism here as Makrigiannis sings about claustrophobia and escapism.