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The Danish duo Rumskib could hardly wear their hearts more openly on their sleeves given the cover of their debut album -- if not exactly like Loveless, it's not about to hide the ancestry at all. Taking a time-honored approach -- Keith Canisius handles all the music and backing singing, Tine Louise Kortermand the vocals -- from the first track there's as much woozy guitar, clattering beats, and keening, half-understandable lyrics as one could want from an album with song titles like "Dreampoppers Tribute" and "Think Eyes Away." Then there's "Girl Afraid," though in a surprising touch it's an original rather than a Smiths cover. Sometimes a spikier side comes through, to the duo's credit, as on the chunky stop-start shimmer and crash of "Springtime," with a distinctly Cure-tinged break. That band has other echoes throughout, as do Lush on songs like "Where Are the Flowers." If no surprises are forthcoming, then at least Rumskib know how to work within the form nicely enough.
Performance CreditsRumskib Primary Artist
Jonas Munk Synthesizer,Guitar,electronics
Keith Canisius Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Technical CreditsJakob Skott Artwork
Jonas Munk Composer,Producer,drum programming,Synthesizer Arrangements,Audio Production
Keith Canisius Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,Synthesizer Arrangements,Audio Production
Tine Louise Kortermand Composer