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Ode to joy

October 5, 2008

While he’s nowhere near as famous as fellow Gothenburg resident Jens Lekman (a Goodnight Believer favourite), Kristoffer Ragnstam is a pop songwriter to watch.  He’s got a knack for writing songs that bypass melody and obvious hooks – but still manage to worm their way into your ear.

Case in point was last year’s “Breakfast By The Mattress”.  It starts off with Ragnstam’s curious falsetto and some noodly drum work.  Then the pieces start to come together and it somehow becomes a delicious bit of retro-pop confectionary.

This year, he’s doing it all again, particularly with a song called “Swing That Tambourine”.  He’s a little bit more obtrusive this time, especially with the rambunctious chorus, but it still avoids a lot of pop music cliches.  This is the kind of intelligent, engaging pop music that Phoenix were doing so brilliantly on their last album.  You’ll be shouting along in no time at all.

Kristoffer Ragnstam – “Breakfast By The Mattress”

Kristoffer Ragnstam – “Swing That Tambourine”

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