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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Erik Hassle - If It Takes All Night

"That's just impolite"

After a fantastic debut album, Erik Hassle has released a new EP, complete with his non-album single (I totally called this one, btw) Standing Where You Left Me. Nothing on it is as good as that track, but it's still an interesting between-albums placeholder. I'm pretty fond of the midtempo If It Takes All Night, which features some incredible percussion and a gentle synth melody. It's another example of how well genre-crossing works for Hassle. He's got a relatively well-recognized type of pop voice, so it suits all different styles. He could have easily gone for a mainstream rock sound, like Gavin Degraw, but he's chosen to throw in elements of synthpop, r&b and electronica. Another track that interests me (for different reasons) on this EP is the slow-burning Last Rider, which features a chorus that is melodically identical to Dyno's (far superior) My Cocoa. Not only are they fellow Swedes, but they're managed by the same company. Hmmmm...

If It Takes All Night by erikhassle

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Blogger Damian said...

I actually have got info that it's Dyno who wrote Last Rider (along with Taken) ;) So nothing surprising that these songs are also brilliant.

3:48 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Ah... makes sense. I thought it might be something along these lines.

7:14 AM  

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