Little Big Adventure “Happiest Times”

By One Track Mind on Sunday, May 10th, 2009  |  1,656 views

Indie-Pop

Little Big Adventure “Happiest Times” Little Big Adventure “Happiest Times”

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You aren’t likely to find a more enthusiastic champion of Sweden’s Labrador Records than this writer, but the first glimpse at their latest signing, Little Big Adventure, left me a little disappointed. On its own, “Happiest Times” is a melancholy tune that alludes to the major touchstones of the label’s roster–the swimming, dark skies of the shoegaze movement; the low production values of British indie-pop pioneers of the mid-1980s; the poetic, shameless earnestness of the twee sound. However, here the sound is almost a degree removed, that of a musician being influenced by Labrador artists themselves. The result is that it feels less inspired than the work of labelmates such as The Radio Dept. and The Mary Onettes.

That said, “Happiest Times” is likely being held to an unfair standard, one set by one of the most consistently pleasing independent music labels around. On its own, the track clearly possesses a potent emotional depth and a deft layering of instrumentation that can so easily elude a solo artist on their debut. “Happiest Times” is a kind portent of the Little Big Adventure that will await us when Magnus Sätterström delivers his full-length premiere. Until then, it is an undersized appetizer that leaves the listener hoping for a little bit more.

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Rate It Here:  My ears, they bleed!Never againMehNot my thangOne listen is enoughGood, not greatWorth a listenPlaylist-worthyThis my jam!Songasm!!! (13 votes, average: 6.69 out of 10)

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Josh Says:

    I totally dig this – give me more…

  2. Nina Says:

    In the photo is he wet or just kind of blurry? It’s somehow very appropriate.
    For some reason on the second listen through I liked this song way more.

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