SODA FOUN­TAIN RAG

It’s Rag Time! Yes­boy­ice­cream Records

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

Multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist Ragn­hild Hogstad Jor­dahl clearly wants to be Ber­gen’s an­swer to Bris­tol’s Young Mar­ble Gi­ants: the songs con­tained on her de­but album are whim­si­cal and naive. For all of that, Jor­dahl cer­tainly has a way with a melody. For want of a bet­ter de­scrip­tion, she fuses anti-folk with som­bre pop in a way that bears re­peated lis­ten­ing. De­spite ti­tles such as Army of Silent Kids, The Sad­dest Boy in Town, An­gry Girl and The Sad­dest Boy Again (a theme, me­thinks), there is good perky pop here, stuffed with lyrics about love, bul­lies, alien­ation, be­ing dif­fer­ent from the norm, be­trayal and old-fash­ioned mis­er­abil­ism that it would make Mor­ris­sey want to sing Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep for the rest of his life. www.sodafoun­tain­rag. com Down­load tracks: The Sad­dest Boy in Town, An­gry Girl

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