The Amsterdams are a band from Bucharest who sound as if they’re from Brighton or Cleethorpes. They also write fine indie songs. The type of songs you can imagine thousands of fans singing along to at festivals. Their uplifting and anthemic songs, have already made them stars in Romania and much of Eastern Europe.
Electromagnetica opens with Kids in the Garden, coming with its very own Arcade Fire catchy refrain. There’s loads of lazy summer pop melodies on tracks like Island of Love which shows a quirkiness and a song that XTC would be proud of. The album is underpinned with a fuzzy guitar and catchy synth sound which intertwines and hooks you in.
The Amsterdams can rock out on the huge stage and I feel, with a bit of luck it’s only a matter of time before they get their breakthrough. Instead of Beyonce and Coldplay being on for hours on your national TV’s festival coverage, one chance and a song like This Burial Ground’s For Two would give them the breakthrough their talent deserves.
There is a negative and I feel bad bringing it up but it really is important. As a music reviewer, the first thing you do is pick up the CD and look at the cover. The artwork of the album is the first introduction to the band. This sleeve, a pink and black affair doesn’t give the right impression or image. You’re expecting a dance trance album and not a commercial indie rock album. Perhaps there were budget constraints but it’s a shame such a good album is presented in such a poor way.
If you like Arcade Fire, Interpol, British Sea Power and Radiohead, you’ll love this.
Review by Charlie Brown