Artist: The Phonies
Finnish pop act The Phonies will have both of their albums released in the US via Nashville-based label Double D Records. No word on an actual date yet, but soon they say. Read IAT's review of their most recent album "Gran tourettes" right here.
These Finns have a thing or two to teach Americans about how to do American roots pop. Soaring vocal melodies, keyboards that harken back to Tom Petty hits of the early 1980s, harmonies that evoke the Jayhawks at their finest, and a strong feel-good energy run through this collection of power-pop gems. It's been a while since I've heard a record with so many melodies that smack you over the head with their tunefulness, then pop out of your subconscience when you wake in the morning. A very nice surprise.
- Nancy Baym