Koria Kitten Riot – Songs of Hope and Science
Hailing from Helsinki, Finland, indie pop act koriakittenriot have a gift for writing a song that prods humanity in the ribs with a big stick while also reminding us that hope lies around every corner. It’s a skill which their third album ‘Rich Men Poor Men Good Men’ shows off in spades.
First of all, the album is very well made with lots of detail in the sound and visuals. There are lots of fun and innovative acoustic guitars, keyboards, drums and vocals.
It’s also quite a bit more ambitious than the average indie-pop album. The songs are full of intricate instrumentation which is very similar to a band like Bright Eyes.
The lyrics are quite clever too, the title track “Songs of Hope and Science” has an interesting songwriting trick in that it combines acoustic guitar with synthesizer and vocals. It’s actually a great way to create a pop song and it’s the best of the bunch on this album.
This album is a must-listen for fans of giddy indie-pop with lots of instruments and quirky arrangements. It has a very nice sound that’s reminiscent of the aforementioned Bright Eyes album and it has some pretty good songwriting as well.
I can’t wait to see what the band comes up with next! It’s a shame that this debut went largely unnoticed by the blogosphere. However, with their second album out this month (and a follow up in the works) I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before they get the recognition they deserve!