Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Camp announce U.S. debut album, Colonia

Swedish trio A Camp doesn't truly fit under the "New Artist" category, but for many of you (and myself) they probably will. The group was formed originally as a duo by The Cardigans front woman Nina Persson and Atomic Swing's Niclas Frisk, though it now includes Persson's husband Nathan Larson, an American filmmaker and musician. Their sophomore album and U.S. debut, Colonia, is set for release on April 28, 2009.

A Camp's sound is classy, organic pop with traces of rock and country (think The Cardinals fronted by a woman) and a variety of strings, keys, and horns spicing things up just a bit. Colonia features several guests, including Joan Wasser of Joan as Policewoman, James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins, and Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse. Persson's smooth voice is the centerpiece though, gentle, effortless, and gorgeous. The band's self-titled first album, released in 2001, earned the group four Swedish Grammies, though apparently the record never made its way to America. Fortunately, that won't be the case this time around.

Go introduce yourself to this great band over at their MySpace page, where you can hear songs both old and new that should give you a taste of what's to come.