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Koria Kitten Riot is an indie pop act from Helsinki, Finland. The band’s frontman Antti Reikko sings and plays acoustic guitar, bass, keyboards, mellotron, mandolin and trombone on this debut release.

They’re influenced by Elliott Smith, Wilco and early Weezer as well as Bright Eyes, Sufjan Stevens and Nick Drake. Their songs are gentle and melodic, yet full of ambition.

Their new album ‘Songs of Hope and Science’ is out 27th January via VILD Recordings. The album is infused with Americana, indie rock and psychedelia.

‘The Earth Will Spin Around’ is the first single released off their new album – and it’s a real catchy tune. With a shitload of chords and three-part harmonies, this is a great track to get stuck into.

This is their first album to feature a full band, and it’s one of the most accomplished ones I’ve heard this year. KKR’s gentle melodic songwriting and thoughtful lyrics poke fun at humanity, but they’re always optimistic in their writing, with the band’s theme of hope reminding us that there’s always something to look forward to.

They have a very specific kind of cheerful, instrument-stuffed indie-pop that was largely missing from the radio at the time of their release. They pick up on a lot of the stuff that Annuals, Decemberists, Grandaddy and The Shins were doing in the mid-’00s, and they do it in a way that sounds totally natural.

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