You may not have expected it, all the way from Melbourne, but the first great modernist pop album of 2011 is here. Four years after their last album, Architecture In Helsinki return with the hook-laden, magnetic and lush “Moment Bends”. It sounds like an album they’ve waited their whole lives to make, retaining the fizzing immediacy of its three predecessors and re-moulded with a more sophisticated, kaleidoscopic touch.
Cameron and Kellie met by chance at the turn of the century and soon after Kellie tagged along to a band rehearsal. Over the next couple of years the band expanded to an octet via a series of art school happenings and released their debut album Fingers Crossed in early 2003, though it wasn't released outside of their homeland until 2004. The band started to make serious inroads in to North America with glowing reviews and the start of years of extensive touring.
AIH's sophomore album was recorded in a giant garage in Melbourne's East Brunswick. Built over 5 intense months in mid 2004, with dozens of guests and more ideas than should be legal, In Case We Die was released worldwide in early 2005. It's lead track 'Do The Whirlwind' became the band's first internationally released single. The band’s worldwide touring schedule was exhaustive. They became renowned for live shows bursting with energy, sweat, heart and fun.
In mid 2006, AIH embarked on it's next creative experiment. Cameron moved to Brooklyn whilst the rest of the band remained in Australia. AIH wrote and arranged it's 3rd album via the wonders of the internet. The songs were recorded in Brooklyn at the tail-end of a U.S. Tour and completed in Sydney in December 2006. The first single, 'Heart It Races' was accompanied by the kind of inventive and vibrant music video that was also becoming an AIH trademark. 'Places Like This' was released worldwide in July 2007, and it’s been an eventful four years since.
Moment Bends is the product of a period when the band, Cameron included, purposefully settled down in and re-connected with their hometown of Melbourne after an extended period “lost in the ether” where the band members had scattered across the globe.
For 2 years between 2009 and 2011 a small west facing room on top of an average Thai restaurant, was the AIH studio, Buckingham Palace. And the songs poured out, the most detailed and progressive that band had ever created.
“It was all about painting romantic ideas with big bold gestures” concludes Bird, “We wanted to hear what it sounds like to get lost in someone's eyes!”
After a decade and more, imbibing the sights and sounds of the world, from a theoretical Helsinki to reality in Melbourne and all points in between, all filtered through the collective AIH mindset, that journey never seems to stop.
Architecture In Helsinki are...
Cameron Bird - Vocals, Synthesiser, Guitar, programming
Kellie Sutherland - Vocals, Synthesizer, Programming
Gus Franklin - Synthesizer, Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Programming
Jamie Mildren - Guitar, Synthesizer
Sam Perry - Bass, Programming