Acid House Kings are a lesser known (although equally talented) band on Swedens Labrador Records label, along with recent breakthrough band The Radio Dept.. Labrador Records specializes in indie pop/twee music, which means Acid House Kings are right where they belong.
Since the groups inception in 1991, theyve released a tapestry of LPs that channel Belle and Sebastian at their most quaint. The lyricism isnt nearly as complex (in fact, the Swedish multiplied by the simplicity of the lyrics makes one wonder just how much English this band speaks), but the music is one hundred percent derivative of Belle & Sebastian, which is in no way a bad thing.
The album starts with the immensely catchy single, Are We Lovers Or Are We Friends, and its perfectly plain to see that this is a band that is very similar to the Belle & Sebastian you fell in love with in the late ’90s. With Joakim Ãdlund and Julia Lannerheim sharing vocal responsibilities, the band runs through track after track of pure twee pop.
Acid House Kings are not known for their complexity. Its a style of music thats purposefully simple, making it all the more beautiful and heartfelt. The lovers lyrics, the easy to follow melodies, and the catchy guitars make for a very candid view into the songwriting of Acid House Kings. This particular album fails to add anything terribly new to their repertoire, but it is filled with songs that are sunshine for the soul. Specifically enjoyable are the aforementioned album single, the sweet (Im In) A Chorus Line, and arguably the strongest piece of music on the album, closer Heaven Knows I Miss Him Now.
And though this is neither their best album to date nor anything groundbreaking, its solid. Its always fun to see one of the little guys walk away with the big W.