Residing on the same label that gave the world Alphabeat, Danish electro-pop trio Carpark North have something of a closeted past. Enjoying success in their native Denmark with numerous hit singles and two previous albums they haven’t so much as made a ripple outside their own countries borders.
Mix up some gritty power pop ala Orson with 80’s British electronic popsters Yazoo, The Killers and a smattering of Muse and you’ve got Carpark North. The gutsy ‘More’ with its scything guitar riff and banks of synthesisers sets the mood for something familiar yet different whilst the groove orientated ‘Should We Be Grateful’ is quite simply a sublime electro-pop anthem. ‘Save Me From Myself’ hints at Orson but with pulsing bass and swirling synth and ‘Bring The Lights’ is Queen’s ‘Under Pressure’ brought bang up to date. Saving the best until last Carpark North comes up with the extraordinary ‘Cancer’ a brilliant slice of modern indie rock that puts the much-hyped The Killers to shame.
On paper, ‘Grateful’ looks like an unappetising stab at beating the Killers at their own game, but delve a little deeper and it very quickly becomes apparent that Carpark North are more savvy than that. Clever songs combined with an appreciation of different genres of music and an underlying urge to write some cracking tunes make for the surprise release of 2008.