Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen
1. Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen
2. Elefantenes Hemmelige Gravplass
3. London Zoo
5. Olympiske Leker
6. Selskapets Triste Avslutning
7. Det Haster!
8. Golden Years
10. Aldri Ska Me Ha Det Goy
Notes: Casiokids' second album, Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen, begins with a stately, quietly majestic song that sounds like the pastoral opening theme to a film about dragon quests or fairy uprisings. It's very pretty but you wonder what happened to the manically gleeful dance-poppers of Topp Stemning P� Lokal Bar. Did they grow up and get serious? Did they fall victim to believing they were artists and not goofballs who made you want to dance, not "think"? Track two puts those worries and fears to bed with no supper. "Det Haster!" kicks off with a stomping glam rock beat and glittery, oscillating synths, and sounds like a low-budget theme to a bad '70s cop show (in a good way!). The rest of the album is just as bright and fun, rollicking and rolling through 40 minutes of off-kilter dancefloor jams with only a few small pit stops for some atmosphere (like the short instrumental "Dr. Tarzan Monsoon" and the weepy ballad "Aldri Ska Me Ha Det Goy," which closes the album on a sad note). Although the album seems like silly fun on the surface, there is enough complexity to the interlocking synth lines and clattering rhythms to give the music some weight. Ketil Kinden Endresen's vocals, too, anchor the record in reality, his quavering falsetto floating above the dancefloor like a bruised cherub. At their best, Casiokids have the kind of impact that LCD Soundsystem do, practically commanding you to dance. Almost daring you not to. The less compelling moments have a charming lightness that will just make you feel happy, and that's almost as important. If they keep putting out records like Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen, Casiokids will (hopefully) never be mistaken for deep thinkers or "real" artists, but that's OK. There are enough of them out there cluttering up the airwaves; we need bands like Casiokids, who traffic in giddiness and joy just as much, if not more. ~ Tim Sendra
CMJ - "[L]ush, mysterious and brimming with wildness....[T]racks like 'London Zoo' are chock-full of the band's signature touches: pogo-ing basslines, velvety falsettos, undeniably catchy pop hooks."
Founded in 2005 in Bergen, Norway, Casiokids cited influences that included New Order, Paul Simon (Graceland in particular), Fela Kuti, King Tubby, Cornelius, Gorillaz, and Liquid Liquid. They made their full-length album debut in 2006 with F�ck Midi. A series of singles on Moshi Moshi during the late 2000s garnered initial critical acclaim for the group, however, particularly in the U.K. The singles included "Gront Lys I Alle Ledd" b/w "Togens Hule" (2008), "Finn Bikkjen!" b/w "Gomurmamma" (2009), and "Verdens St�rste Land" b/w "Fot I Hose" (2009). The group returned with the album Topp Stemning P� Lokal Bar in 2010. ~ Jason Birchmeier