The Asteroids Galaxy Tour - Out of Frequency
Record Label: BMG Rights
Release Date: Jan. 30, 2012
Much like the colorful and convivial country in which they call home, the Danish two-piece The Asteroids Galaxy Tour is an amalgamation of eccentric and inviting sounds. At the center is the group's two-part horn section and the inimitable vocals of emerging chanteuse Mette Lindberg. While Lindberg does indeed deserve much of the attention, she is nothing without her collaborator/songwriter/producer Lars Iversen. After all, these are his songs and his ideas, Mette is the mouthpiece. But man, what a mouthpiece she is.
After making a seminal splash with their debut LP Fruit, which bore the gems "The Sun Ain't Shining No More," "Around the Bend," (which was used in an iPhone commercial), and "The Golden Age," which was used in a Heineken commerce, these Danish upstarts have returned once again with a sassier and more complex set.
For starters the album opens with not one, but two 90-second instrumentals. Sandwiched in between that is "Dollars in the Night" a jubilant and honey-dipped cut that samples James Brown's "It's a Man's Man's Man's World." That the band samples the Godfather of Soul is fitting for a band who possesses more attitude and swagger than most bands even dream about. Lindberg, who has a childish simplicity in her vocal delivery, is arguably at her best when she's belting out choruses and thankfully, Out of Frequency is chock full of catchy refrains. Foremost of these is the buoyant "Major," which has a gritty urban swagger that seems rife for a dark London alleyway. On the guitar-driven pop tart "Heart Attack," the duo proves their mettle as they stray from the horns in favor of something more simple. The disc's first half ends with the charming "Cloak and Dagger,'" in which the horn section bristles with energy and charisma.
Out of Frequency truly shines though in the disc's latter stages. Punchy should-be single "Mafia," the hypnotic "Suburban Space Invader," and the sun-kissed "Fantasy Friend Forever," are veritable proof that The Asteroids Galaxy Tour are indeed in a class all their own. Refreshing, innovative and undeniably optimistic, there's something deeply potent, entrancing and inviting about every passing second. In the end, it's almost impossible to resist the uplifting charms of such a record. Optimism has never sounded so gorgeous. God bless Denmark.