The Spinners

Fingers Crossed (Architecture in Helsinki, 2003)

In Australian, Dodo Dayao, Indie Pop, Rex Baylon, Richard Bolisay on January 3, 2010 at 4:17 am

Dive into this expecting nothing and what you get is blueberry pie and chocolate mousse with a sweet cherry on top. It is cold but a Gelato would certainly complete the day as you look from that window imagining yourself out, feeling the drizzle, stomping the puddle, idling away the afternoon like it is the best thing in the world. Fingers Crossed is a hypnotic bungee jump and you wonder why at the end of the album the cord has not yet snapped back. The cityscape is just about to fall behind.

– Richard Bolisay

Much as whimsy never amounted to much, popwise, the primary-colored melodies of this Aussie octet , toylike as they are pretty as they are weird, and the circus ebullience, upful without getting sugary without getting twee, make the singsong tingle with childlike glee, which the kid instruments tend to overreach for in spots, but thankfully don’t diminish in the attempt.

– Dodo Dayao

Architecture in Helsinki’s debut album Fingers Crossed is a breezy, charming, and relaxing collage of electronica and indie pop. The Australian octet takes such disparate elements like synthesizers, drums, guitar, trumpet, xylophone, hand-slaps, tap dancers, and other types of instruments to record the songs in this album. While listening to it one can’t help but be overwhelmed by the flood of optimism that gushes from every track. Those who are used to indie pop with a bit more grit and masculine posturing may find it difficult to accept the band’s pollyanna vibe, but who’s to say that indie has to be synonymous with serious?

Tracks like “One Heavy February”, “Souvenirs”, “The Owls Go”, “Fumble”, and “City Calm Down” can easily send any listener to his feet, tapping and enjoying the beat. The band uniquely uses the structure of pop to create indelible images in the listener’s head with something as simple as the honk of the trumpet or the strumming of the guitar. In fact, every song in Fingers Crossed could have stepped out of the soundtrack of any Wes Anderson film, which proves how unpredictable yet cool each one of them is.

Fingers Crossed is the appetizer, and after the listener finishes it, Architecture in Helsinki deliver the main course of the feast which is In Case We Die, the band’s follow-up record. Yet even in that case Fingers Crossed does stand on its own as a great album to play when hanging out with friends and drinking the night away.

– Rex Baylon

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