Swedish artist Albin Carlson, also known as Third Brother, has with his band produced and recorded their No Mind Police EP. Describing their own sound as ‘alternative/pop-folk/singer-songwriter’, I was itched with interest to find out how their style came across from an EP perspective.
Kicking off the record is the title track, and it’s not only catchy but it’s also got addictive acoustics going on that I would just love to see in a live setting. The chorus line is also absolutely spot on in terms of playing to an audience. If for instance, you happened to shuffle along and find them playing on a festival stage, guaranteed even by the second time it comes around you’d be singing along and they would have new fans in an instant.
On first listen of “Feather” I wasn’t too keen, although even as I write this I know “you are a flower / I’m a flower pot” will latch onto the brain of anyone who listens to it… so I guess they’ve done well there. I do applaud their ability to change up their style in terms of, say, slowing it down with regards to the song tempo, however at points it sounds almost monotone and slightly off-key. If asked to distinguish my thoughts on “Feather” and “No Mind Police”, it would be the latter I prefer of the EP so far.
“Boxes and Old News” is a quality acoustic track where listeners drink in the lyrics and follow the story being conveyed. In a generation where teenagers will happily listen to what I refer to as ‘thump thump’ music, it’s hard at times to distinguish if such tracks have any lyrics at all. However I will always stick to my guns and give credit where it’s due to those who truly put everything into their songwriting, and this is clearly evident where Third Brother are concerned.
The upbeat arrangement of “The Gray Behind the Color” really slots into their ‘pop-folk’ genre. There’s dashes of sweet harmonies that work well, but near the end of the track there’s just the one high note that doesn’t really work and I couldn’t enjoy the rest of the song. It might seem petty to pick out something like that and I certainly don’t set out to find elements to criticize, it’s just that aside from that I found the track thoroughly enjoyable.
Although they steer in the direction of a more psychedelic intro for “The Valley and the Top”, the song itself is unfortunately forgettable. That being said I still found the lengthy instrumental section impressive, though perhaps if it came earlier in the track listeners would be more inclined to give it their attention.
As a band with recent Artist of the Year and Best Video nominations under their belt, I’d say watch this space because it won’t be long before they start rolling those award titles home. Check out their best video nomination for “Love Will Do” below, and keep an eye out for when the No Mind Police EP drops on June 13th.