Urban Cone are currently receiving a lot of hype surrounding the release of their second studio album “Polaroid Memories” and rightfully so. This Swedish group will have you falling in love with their dreamy indie pop pretty much instantaneously. Their debut album “Our Youth” was full of gritty pop/dance tracks that experimented with different sounds. For their second studio album they have stripped it back a bit and focused on delivering a tight indie pop sound that will be the perfect soundtrack to a summer festival. The first single “Come Back To Me” features Swedish pop goddess Tove Lo and has gained a lot of attention whilst being the perfect introduction to the re-visioned sound. It has a very cool vibe and translates well with Tove Lo’s additional vocals throughout the verses and chorus giving a new texture to their sound. Album opener “Weekends” is an early standout that kicks off with a large indie-pop sound. It’s been perfectly produced to build and create that moment which will electrify their live set. “Do you remember? We used to build castles. I used to feel it. You used to feel it”.
“New York”, “You Build Your House Out Of Cards”, “”Robot Love” and “Treasure” follow the similar production structure and provide big choruses that are perfect for singalongs. There are still influences of their gritty dance sound on this album and the biggest contributors are the highly catchy “Rocket Man” and “We Are Skeletons”. Oozing with big synths, cool vocals and simple lyrics these tracks are easy favourites that highlight the production. “Sadness Disease” is a song that has been gaining a lot of radio traction on Triple J and with its unique beat and hook it does leave you intrigued and wanting to his the replay button. “It’s Hard To Hate Someone You Love” lacks the momentum the rest of the album embodies and falls hard into the background. Perfectly closing the album “Never Gonna See You Again” is a piano led indie rock song that stands out as one of my favourite songs on this release. It’s one of the most honest and real tracks that leaves all the emotion in the open. It short, but sweet.
“Polaroid Memories” is a strong release that sees them tapping into a market which will have them travelling the world and impressing live crowds. The one criticism I have with this album is that some songs blend into each other with similar beats and concepts. But each track has been produced well and is led by an interesting vocalist who nails a high register. They are an extremely likeable band who know how to create a catchy hook and constantly keep you intrigued.
Catch Urban Cone playing Splendour In The Grass in Australia this July!