Helsinki, Finland based indie pop band koriakittenriot have put together a charming album full of melodic tunes that will brighten up your day. Their latest record ‘Rich Men Poor Men Good Men’ features a very jolly collection of instruments ranging from guitars to glockenspiel, mandolin and piano.
Rich Men is a giddy album of instrument-stuffed indie-pop that pays homage to the mid-’00s era of The Flaming Lips, Elliott Smith and early Weezer. Its wistful lyrics will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, while its whimsical arrangements will leave you with a smile on your face.
The band’s songs are crafted to be sung, and the singer-songwriter Antti Reikko has a very impressive list of influences that includes The Flaming Lips, Elliott Smith, Wilco, Nick Drake, Jon Auer, Bright Eyes, and Damien Rice among others.
In the songwriting department Reikko is as clever as his influences, as evidenced by the cleverly constructed lyrics of tracks such as ‘The Lovers That You’ve Never Had’, which are reminiscent of a more introspective version of Sufjan Stevens. The track ‘Suits & Evening Gowns’ ventures into the kind of sensitive indie-rock that was popular at this time, while ‘Cold Cold Arms’ evokes the mellow alt-country sounds of later day Bright Eyes. The music is also well matched to the band’s bijou music videos, which appear to be clipped straight from Wes Anderson movies.