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Sweden’s Liechtenstein (a confusing couplet, I know) make no pretense about what makes their musical heart beat. The all-girl trio are trudging down the same path as Talulah Gosh and Black Tambourine before them, forging a sonic sisterhood on a premise of amped-up distortion, simple, Beat Happening styled drumbeats, and disaffected vocal harmonies. Title aside, “Roses in the Park” is low on melodrama and high on ba-da-bas, digging its heels in from the opening notes and powering straight ahead for the duration.
There isn’t anything to report here in the way of originality–this has been done to differing degrees by thousands of acts, from The Pastels and Wolfhounds in the 1980s to Vivian Girls and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart in recent months–but the execution is so flawless it should be measured in karats. It is unadulterated indie-pop pleasure, with no pretense at anything beyond such an appellation. In an era where many bands ruin their music by trying to be too many things to too many people, forcing the experimental and strange into their tracks when they don’t belong, it is always refreshing to come across a band that sees simplicity as a virtue and the proscriptions of a (sub)genre as a badge of honor, not a limitation.
Is “Roses in the Park” going to change your life? Not by a longshot. But for three and a half minutes, it’s going to have you bobbing your head and humming along.