Architecture In Helsinki

Melbourne’s now globally dispersed musical chameleons Architecture in Helsinki release the exhilarating ‘Heart It Races’ and set the pace for their forthcoming album, Places Like This. It could not be more removed from their previous album, In Case We Die. Fizzing with electrical currents, channelling calypso rhythms and tropicalia flavours with lashings of percussion a-go-go, the new songs pack a kaleidoscopic punch that is little short of breathtaking. Pop effervescence hasn’t sounded this fresh in ages.

Laced with steel drums, ‘Heart It Races’ builds through infectious pitter-pat beats, layered “na na na na na” vocals to hands-in-the-air dancefloor breakdowns and swooshy, glittering rushes. With a vividly colourful video shot in Mexico by director Kris Moyes, this has summer dance party anthem stamped all over it.

Recorded by Brooklyn based engineer Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, !!!, TV On The Radio) ‘Heart It Races’ was written by Architecture In Helsinki’s songwriter Cameron Bird after he’d relocated to a Puerto Rican neighbourhood in South Williamsburg last summer. It’s the sound of a New York melting down, with South American poly-rhythms and street beats clamouring for attention.

With their reputation for a sensational live show now preceding them, and Places Like This poised to make a big splash around the world, Architecture in Helsinki are just now hitting their stride. Don’t be left behind…

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