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A Happy Mix of Alternative Pop and Americana

Helsinki, Finland based Koria Kitten Riot bring a surprisingly warm sound to the table. Fronted by songwriter Antti Reikko, they have the kind of well-crafted pop songs that remind us of Bright Eyes, but with ambitious instrumentation that is often not heard so much in indie-folk.

‘Rich Men Poor Men Good Men’ – the new album from indie pop band Koria Kitten Riot is their first to feature a full band, with singer songwriter Antti Reikko at the helm. With a list of influences that includes Elliott Smith, Wilco, The Flaming Lips and early Weezer, the band have created an album built around their own experiences with life.

It’s a giddy, instrument-stuffed, maximalist indie-pop record that is sure to make you smile whether you’re in a good mood or a bad one. The twee vocals, the coconuts imitating horse clip-clops or the serious vocals with a whimsical touch to the arrangements all combine to create an unabashedly cheerful music that’s full of life and energy.

‘Songs of Hope and Science’ is an uplifting album with lots of saxophone and trombone, and a good dose of brass and keyboard to keep the listener enthralled. The band’s songs prod humanity in its ribs and highlight all its weak points, but they also provide a sense of hope that ‘hope lies just around the corner’.

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