Tuesday, February 23, 2010

FM Belfast - How To Make Friends

"We come from a place where we count the days until nothing / We're running down the streets in our underwear"

It may seem a bit lazy to mention their origins - Reykjavík in Iceland - when describing the sound of FM Belfast, but with lyrics like the one you can read above, it's more than tempting to do just that. And there are more reasons for this: the fact is that How To Make Friends is the sort of take into electro-indie-pop that only a bunch of people looking at a particular scene from far away could be able to achieve.
That feeling of distance, more than anything else, can be seen in their very-flexible approach towards electro-pop standards, like someone that doesn't really care at all about them. This is something which translates, for example, in a sense of humor that sometimes touches the absurd, while other times just wants to be silly and unpretentious. And at the same time, there's also a very disaffected attitude towards pretty much anything, which allows them to make a synth-loaded cover of Killing In The Name or a slow version of Technotronic's Pump Up The Jam, just because it sounds like a fun idea.
So FM Belfast won't change anyone's lives or anything with this album, and frankly they don't really seem much interested in that. But as far as tales of alienation can go, this is one with a fresh attitude. (7/10)

FM Belfast - Underwear (video)


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