Architecture in Helsinki

Architecture in Helsinki

Architecture in Helsinki

Places Like This

Polyvinyl Records; August 2007

Filled with electro starts and stops, island-tinged rhythms, and calypso-inspired steel pan beats, Architecture in Helsinki’s Places Like This is as brilliantly nonsensical as any fan could hope it to be. The follow-up to 2005’s In Case We Die carries with it the same quirky playfulness of its predecessor, but the influences this time around are a bit farther reaching. Vocalist Cameron Bird simultaneously channels Isaac Brock and the B-52’s Fred Schneider on tracks like “Heart It Races” and “Feather in a Baseball Cap,” while the avant-garde “Like It or Not” builds from a series of dissonant “wah wahs” to a frenetic, jovial noise fest. The end product is a fantastic mix of cross-cultural sounds, clamoring instrumentation, and well-placed synth that’s as exciting to listen to as it is fun.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Gaviota Coast Matriarch Passes Away

Singer Elizabeth Hvolboll held a trove of Refugio region memories.

Both Sides Draw Blood in Dario Pini Trial

The courtroom drama opened with questions about who should have control over how many properties.

Pair of F-22s Buzz Santa Barbara City College

Turbulence rattles windows and nerves on Monday morning.

Mandatory Evacuation Called for Fire Zones in Santa Barbara County

Heavy rains expected Tuesday-Thursday; debris flows feared.

Cannabis Farmer Gets Over $1 Million Insurance Payout

Thomas Fire ash destroys crop; analysis finds asbestos, lead, arsenic, and magnesium.