Posted April 4, 2012 by Mike Mineo in Tracks

MP3: jj – “Beautiful Life”

MP3: jj – Beautiful Life

Swedish duo jj are back at it, crafting luxurious electro-pop driven by gentle acoustics, wavy synth pads, and tinny Afro-pop percussion. “Beautiful Life” is their first release in almost two years. It’s on a new single release,  jj n° 4, slated for a May 8th release on Secretly Canadian and Sincerely Yours. “Beautiful Life” and b-side “Burn” are included, and by all indications it’s a return to the form of jj n° 2, rather than the relatively disappointing jj n° 3.

Joakim Benon and Elin Kastlander highlight their strengths on “Beautiful Life”, which extends from a trickling acoustic ballad into a beautiful swell of high-pitched backing vocals. A hypnotic percussion-woodwind relationship ensues during the second half, reminiscent of how both intimate and explosive jj n° 2 felt. It’s a solid all-around effort that’s easy to space out to. Hopefully this is indication of more new material. A mere single won’t suffice.

Secretly Canadian / BUY

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I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound. I used to write for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine. Send your music to [email protected].