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In a month when the air is filled with the World Cup’s internationalism, it seems fitting to feature this new single by Thieves Like Us, an electronic-pop trio whose backstory knows no borders. Comprised of two Swedes and an American who met at a picnic in Berlin in 2002, the band has spent time calling Germany, France, and Italy home (and their Myspace page, if it’s to be trusted, claims they are now taking up residence in Mexico’s Distrito Federal).
On July 6th, the group will follow up their 2008 debut LP, Play Music, with a ten track sophomore effort entitled Again and Again. Both records have been released by underground favorite Slumberland Records, renowned more for jangly indie-pop tunes than Thieves Like Us’ blend of drum machines and romantically dark synthesizers. The new album has its share of dancefloor ready cuts, but one of the more interesting numbers is the closing ballad, “Forget Me Not.”
Sounding like a cross between one of In Ghost Colours‘ more mellow sides and the meditative moments in Morgan Geist or Nicolas Makelberge‘s catalogs, “Forget Me Not” weaves a brokenhearted tale of lost love over a burble of synthesizers and a slinky bassline. Andy Grier’s vocals are given the gentle halo of a multi-tracked recording process, allowing him to perform simple, unforced self-harmonies. Pontus Berghe’s percussion work is a smart mixture of drum machine tracks which intensify slowly as the song unfolds and live instrumentation, underscoring the song’s balance of the synthesized and the organic. To that end, “Forget Me Not” is a bit of electronic music for the unconverted–an uncomplicated but thoroughly charming bit of songwriting.