Architecture in Helsinki (4 stars)

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Australian six-piece AiH have consistently shown themselves to be a cheery bunch, their heady blend of twee indie, effervescent arrangements and handclaps by the dozen producing fantastically jubilant results across two albums to date. Longplayer three sees the glee cranked up to 11, and in some style. Congas, steel drums and synthesisers become weapons of mass hysteria in this manic sextet’s hands, as they marry tribal rhythms to punk insouciance Talking Heads style.

Case in point: lead single ‘Heart It Races’ – a shouty calypso/hip hop/electro mash up, pitched somewhere between MIA and The Knife. It’s one of the most fun, fresh and exuberant songs – and albums – you’ll hear all year.

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