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Northern Portrait - The Fallen Aristocracy EP

  by Anthony Strutt

published: 3 / 5 / 2008



Northern Portrait - The Fallen Aristocracy EP
Label: Matinee Recordings
Format: CDS

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Superb debut EP from Danish trio Northern Portrait, which, reminiscent of 1000 Violins, the Smiths and Gene, brings back memories of all which was good about the C86 era


'The Fallen Aristocracy' is the debut EP from Danish group Northern Portrait, who formed in Copenhagen in July 2007, and what a total joy it is too. It opens with 'Crazy', which is total jangly guitar heaven. Think of 1000 Violins during the era of their original vocalist, John Little. As it moves on, it also recalls the Smiths at the height of their powers. 'A Quiet Night in Copenhagen' is reminiscent of 'Jeane', the B side to the Smiths' This Charming Man' in its rhythms. While singer Stefan Larsen's vocals recollect the 1000 Violins again and Martin Rossiter from Gene, the music features more of those full on jingle jangle guitars. 'Waiting For A Chance' sounds like a slowed down 'The Boy With the Thorn in His Side'. It also could be a Gene B side. Reflective and somewhat moody, it finds Stefan looking out of a window and dreaming of a better life. It ends with title track which again sounds like the Violins at the time of 'You Ungrateful Bastard'. Fast in tone, it brings back memories of all which was good about the C86 era. Totally perfect, it is the Single of the year so far.



Track Listing:-
1 Crazy
2 A Quiet Night In Copenhagen
3 Waiting For A Chance
4 The Fallen Aristocracy


Label Links:-
http://matineerecordings.com/
https://www.facebook.com/matineerecordings



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New indiepop trio Northern Portrait have just released their debut EP, 'The Fallen Aristocracy', on American label Matinee. Anthony Strutt chats to singer Stefan Larsen about it and his band


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