Their latest album may not be my favorite of theirs , but even in their latest, higher-polish pop guise, there's a lot to love about

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Go See Architecture in Helsinki and Hooray for Earth Tonight at Neumos

Their latest album may not be my favorite of theirs, but even in their latest, higher-polish pop guise, there's a lot to love about Australian outfit Architecture in Helsinki. (And, really, most of the new album is pretty ace--I just usually don't make it through to the last few songs, and sometimes I skip "W.O.W." or "That Beep" depending on mood.) The band just have a great knack for the pop hook and for tight, deceptively intricate arrangements--glockenspiels and other orchestral toys on their early work, increasing amounts of synthesizer and drum machine on their more recent work. And they're good fun live, six members switching instruments (including that beardy, potentially vegan-looking dude hopping from synth drum pads to good old goofy-looking trombone).

Also worth catching are openers Hooray for Earth, about whom I know very little as yet, but whose synth-pop sound is pretty right up my alley:

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