‘Our Nation’ by Shine 2009

Shine 2009 - Photo by Osma Harvilahti

Since featuring the Finnish band Regina on the site a few months ago I’ve really been enjoying listening to them. I was delighted last week to find an email from Sami Suova sitting in my inbox letting me know about a new track he’s released with Regina bandmate Mikko Pykäri as part of their band Shine 2009.

The Helsinki-based duo create some really chilled pop. Their tracks are filled with throwbacks to the early 90’s and sweet tinges of balearic pop – it really is a winning combination. Last year, they released their debut album Realism, a great (and beautiful Santtu Mustonen designed) LP, which featured – amougst other things – the particularly great New Rules.

‘Our Nation’ shows a promising start for what will undoubtably be a great follow-up album. Its combination of a crisp dance beat and some sweet drowsy vocals form to make a track that harks back to the glory days of the Madchester scene. More details on the band (including US tour dates) can be found on their Facebook page.

Philip Kennedy

April 9, 2012 / By

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