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A place for Helsinki

If you too are longing for an escape from the ordinary pop fluff of top 40 radio, allow me to introduce Architecture in Helsinki. The quirky Australia- based band emerged on the independent music scene in the early 2000s, growing a loyal fanbase yet managing to stay out of the limelight. But their fourth and most recent album "Places Like This" has received critical acclaim from such well-respected magazines as Rolling Stone.

Call it dance rock, electro, disco-house, indie-progressive/experimental. Call it what you will, but music like theirs is not to be categorized. It's meant to be accepted whole-heartedly as the enjoyable music it is. An Architecture show is like nothing you can experience anywhere else. It's a fantastically energetic performance involving the swapping of unexpected instruments (cowbells, trombones and the like) and vocals reminiscent of, dare I say, the B-52's.

Singer and guitar player Cameron Bird leads the band with sudden chants and lively vocals. Kellie Sutherland lends her falsetto tone to the band's jungle beats and lively rhythms. The band puts to full use its keyboards, bongos, steel drums and horns to provide its audience with a new perspective on what music can and should be like. The sound is no doubt strange, but strange in the best possible sense of the word.
"Places Like This" should be experienced as a whole. There are no specific tracks to download. But some of the best works include "Debbie", "Heart it Races", and "Hold Music."

Caitlin Manley is a junior at Immaculata.

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