Norway - Full Moon 101 - 12/26/04
Norwegian band AqPop have an intriguing, slightly psychedelic sound. Opener "Have It" carries
echoes of Mercury Rev and Flaming Lips. Singer Thor Jørgen Holm sounds wistful while the
band weaves a dream-like melody around his vocal.
The groovy sixties-influenced number "Radio 60" sounds like what Swedes The Creeps were doing
in 1990. "Relate that Something" is smart pop with a real sense of urgency. "That Day" uses Jade
Hasselgård's sweet vocal to great effect, the songs melancholy mood works well too. Towards
the end the band interrupts the calm with a guitar maelstrom and allow Holm to take the lead.
"Caught by this Feeling" is progressive leaning masterstroke with dissonant guitar squalls and
a vocal that appears to belong in another song. The mood soon shifts and a Pink Floyd-like bit
This is a strong and focused debut.
Copyright © 2004 Anna Maria Stjärnell