Monday, January 22, 2007

Another album that I inadvertently overlooked in 2006 was Cicada's self-titled debut. Obscure Sound reminded me of it (and has posted a few tracks to download). You may know Cicada from their incredible remixes of Editors (the Cicada mix of "Munich" is outstanding), Client, and Depeche Mode, among others. Their debut Cicada is electro pop greatness. Using the talents of Heidrun Bjornsdottir on vocals, the production duo of Aaron Gilbert and Alex Payne will keep you on the dance floor with Bjornsdottir's sing-song voice over the tight synth and electro bass lines. The Icelandic Bjornsdottir harkens a bit back to Bjork, but definitely keeps up with the trend of Scandanavian electro pop songstresses of the moment, such as Annie, Sally Shapiro, and Otur.

Cicada is only available in hard format as an import, but you get the album off of iTunes for the standard $9.99. It's worth picking up the CD though, as the cover art is fantastic.


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