Koria Kitten Riot is a quirky Finnish indie-pop band that makes music that you can hear from the other room in your mind. Their latest album Rich Men Poor Men Good Men is a delightfully giddy collection of uplifting instrumental-stuffed indie pop that will make you smile.
KKR is the solo project of Antti Reikko, guitarist and vocalist for Johnny Superhero. He cites Elliott Smith, Neil Young, Sufjan Stevens, Bright Eyes, Nick Drake, Jon Auer, Damien Rice, The Flaming Lips and Regina Spektor as influences on this record.
If you’re into cheerful, instrument-stuffed indie pop that doesn’t get a lot of airplay on mainstream radio, this is the album for you. The whole album is full of songs that will put a smile on your face, and you can listen to it from start to finish or just listen to the individual tracks; it’s up to you.
There is also a strong folk element to this music. It’s reminiscent of early Weezer records, as well as The Flaming Lips and Elliott Smith.
This album is an honest piece of music, that focuses on human nature and how it can be harmed. The songwriting is gentle, and they’re not afraid to poke fun at human weaknesses, but it’s also very reassuring that hope lies just around the corner for us all.