at the artwork that graces the cover of Places Like This, it’s not hard
to imagine Australian sextet Architecture In Helsinki thriving within
that world of pastel-shaded robots, insect men and people with ghetto
blasters for heads. In fact, it seems downright plausible. AIH have
never concerned themselves with notions of pop convention, making
unfettered records that are, more often than not, simply a joy to
listen to. Places Like This is no exception. Track after track, the LP
exuberantly bounces against the walls of a padded room in an innovative
but maddeningly melodic romp through the psych ward in some Australian
hospital. Moving along at a bracing clip, cuts rarely run longer than
three and a half minutes and feature jarring shifts in tempo and style.
The exceptional "Like It Or Not," driven by a smoothly danceable beat,
shines a spotlight on an AIH who have found a more purposeful sense of
focus while still retaining the sense of spontaneity and whimsy that
imbued their previous efforts. A delight from start to finish, wherever
Places Like This are, I want to be there.