Posted April 3, 2006 by Mike Mineo in Features


Most aspects of Scandinavian music seem to be generally consistant in constructing dreamy indie pop songs, with twinkling keys and echoing vocals falling over a faded guitar in the distance. Magenta Skycode could fall into that stereotype, but they prove to be even more diverse. Often times, I find bands with songs that immediately grab my attention. It could be a bad thing when a song does not grow on me, as I could tire of it shortly, but several songs off of Magenta Skycode’s vaguely titled album, IIII, prove otherwise. They hail from Finland and are particulary attracted to black and white colors, as displayed in their photo above and their album artwork for IIII. The artsy comparison can include The Cure, Bauhaus, and Interpol but their music suggests something else. A more exotic Manic Street Preachers with smoother vocals and more modern song structures could be one comparison, though they really sound too unique to really justify any close similarities.

With my first listen of ‘Go Outside Again’, I knew it was something special. The drums, clapping, and guitar are simple but surprisingly affective, especially when the sci-fi ambient effect enters the song. The thing I love the most about the song has to be the extremely explosive chorus and the great vocals that are involved. Non-chopped synths and guitars can sometimes prove messy, but ‘Go Outside Again’ sounds very smooth and acceptable. It is my favorite song off of IIII. ‘People’ will probably be their first single, as it is extremely catchy. Both songs utilize the clapping rather well as percussion. ‘Pleasure Of Love’ is a simple but pleasing song of a more lo-fi quality. Magenta Skycode are bringing nothing radical or new, but their catchy pop songs with well utilized synths, vocals, guitars, and percussion, are one of the catchiest and freshest sounds to emerge this year. Their new album is strongly recommended.


Magenta Skycode – Go Outside Again



Magenta Skycode – People



Magenta Skycode – Pleasure Of Love



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Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine. Send your music to [email protected].