Album Review::Mixtapes & Cellmates

Sweden’s Mixtapes & Cellmates are releasing their self-titled debut on One Little Indian in America. Mixtapes & Cellmates’ music blends a lot of indie pop and electronica and comes off sounding somewhere in the neighborhood of Radio Dept., but often times more akin to Postal Service. Mixtapes & Cellmates utilize drum beats and sythesizers in a minimilistic fashion to create tension in anticipation of their dramatically changing chorusus. It is the dynamics in their music that make the songs engaging. One of the standouts on the record is Like something worth remembering, a melodic song which moves with stealth and includes good harmonies, finally morphing into shoegaze a’la The Lily’s “In The Presence of Nothing.” Then, the shoegaze theme continues with Statement, which is essentially a segway into the more upbeat and melodic Moments featuring Bobby Baby. Overall, the album is full of good pop, and if you like the afforementioned bands, then you will surely enjoy Mixtapes & Cellmates.

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