Yes, Sweden's pop perfectionists no. 1 are back. Finally! ALL MUSIC called the predecessor Sing Along with Acid House Kings "One of the best releases, indie or not, of 2005". Now, after half a decade of fine tuning their song writing, fans are in for something extraordinary with Music Sounds Better with You.
A first taste from the album was released on December 7. Are we lovers or are we friends? became an huge success, topping blog charts like Hypem.com and Elbo.ws.
SCRAPPED HALF AN ALBUM
- We've allowed ourselves to be extremely self-critical. Songs good enough for any of our other albums have been discarded out repeatedly, says Johan Angergård.
Acid House Kings first started the recordings of Music Sounds Better with You in the year 2008, but after three months and with more than half the album finished they decided to scrap it. Reason? They weren't completely sure they would top their previous album and considered the songs too dark and not melodic enough for The Kings.
From Johan went on to record the much darker The Legends album Over and over while Niklas continued fine tuning his song writing for the Kings. And the old "good songs sound good on an acoustic guitar" holds true. - Most songs never enter the studio, they are scrapped in the living room sofa, says Niklas Angergård. In the beginning of 2010 Acid House Kings once again had Johan's full attention and he returned with new inspiration, a brighter mood and numerous new songs early in 2010. According to the band the new album is "sharper, catchier and livelier" and a "goodbye to genre obligations". It also got castanets on every single song.
A FAMILY AFFAIR
Acid House Kings are brothers Johan and Niklas Angergård and Niklas' sister-in-law Julia Lannerheim, and the new album was temporarily named "A family affair".
-"Music Sounds Better with You" will not re-define pop music, but it may very well define it, states Julia Lannerheim