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Hailing from Helsinki, Finland indie pop quintet koriakittenriot are set to release their third album. Fronted by songwriter Antti Reikko this is the first KKR album to feature a full band. The result is a highly personal and developed work that boasts the band’s most honest recording yet.

Using a cleverly constructed system of looped sounds – accompanied by an impressive number of effects – the album is built around Reikko’s experiences and is a testament to what happens when a remarkable singer-songwriter decides to transform himself into a band.

The record is chock full of well-crafted pop songs that are stuffed with attention to detail and ambitious instrumentation. It combines the intimacy of a songwriter with grandiose arrangements in a manner that is reminiscent of early Bright Eyes records and a touch of Death Cab for Cutie’s sensitive indie-rock territory (Suits & Evening Gowns).

What’s not to like?

Among the highlights is lead single ‘The Earth Will Spin Around’ which fuses elements of mellotron and guitar in a song that can easily be classed as a modern day rock anthem. The song is also the most musically impressive and is sure to be a fan favourite.

‘Songs of Hope and Science’ is an album that will undoubtedly be a popular favourite among music buffs this year. It has a lot of musical buzz in a very crowded field and will likely prove to be an important step forward for the Finnish indie pop outfit.

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