Opening with an ambitious big synth intro that, at least in terms of powerful melody and synth-focus, nods to Vangelis, Swedish electronic music duo The Sound Of Arrows aim high right from the off with this their debut album. The vocals of opening track 'Into The Clouds', when they enter, are echoing and spacey, underpinned by a pulsing bass line however, the electro synth pop blend is hard to describe but undoubtedly missing a layer in anticipation of a beat to kick in; The Sound Of Arrows naturally oblige and the track continues in its quite uplifting synth pop vein with strong pulse driving it forwards. Previous comparisons with Pet Shop Boys have not been misplaced and with this opening track the band also perhaps suggest themselves akin to Hurts just without the melancholy. The opening synth lines of 'Wonders' fad in a la Ibiza classic and, flanked by a distinctive rhythm sounds more dance floor than the previous track; almost more consciously dance music yet with a cheesy pop chorus - their synth pop-ness and catchy choruses also brings to mind the likes of Clare Maguire. The feel of 'My Shadow' definitely steps back to the eighties and the vocals sound blatant similarity to Pet Shop Boys as well as the eighties beat which underpins simple higher pitched synth melodies.
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The Sound of Arrows' new single, Magic, will be released on August 14th 2011 and is their second single from their upcoming untitled debut album, released through Geffen Records. Magic follows on from the Swedish duo's last single, 'Nova', which was released in April 2011.
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