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Klas

"To Sleep and Love" CD

Series Two Records

Genre: bedroom pop, lo-fi

Malmo, Sweden

June 22, 2009

You know the drill. Strummed acoustic guitars, friendly male vocals, utilitarian rhythm section plus some occasional keys and bass when friends are willing to help out. This is, by and large, the work of Klas, a cheery pop songsmith with an eye for simple, catchy compositions. To Sleep and Love's tracks are light and airy, each adorned with a set of hooks that ensures recognition, but doesn't necessarily make the record a thoroughly memorable affair. Thus, this album is a pleasant excursion into Klas' world, but it may not see you coming back time after time. Ultimately, the truly infectious pop songs ("The Canaries," "Honda Civic") are outnumbered by the less tent tracks ("Fine Time," "Nightswimming," "An Eyeball of Love"). Klas' quirky lyrics salvage the tracks to some degree, although this will likely appeal primarily to the truly devoted bedroom pop enthusiasts. Calibrate your expectations accordingly.

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Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 5 tracks, distributed by the label, released April 2008]