Time for our patented, highly secret and never filmed happy dance. Why? In honor of Do Xao, the new album from our favorite band from Turku, Finland. We have followed The New Tigers enthusiastically for many years, and they have always rewarded our faith by releasing good music. The latest edition, which to our ears is their best ever, is a joyous, glistening guitar pop triumph. Eminently danceable, with shimmering arrangements and robust bass lines, it features the best of '90s and '00s indie pop influences (and sly veins of '70s soft rock and '80s new wave). The band dove into studio based production and multi-tracking, resulting in a Crayola box of musical colors and layers. And just when you think this is the most structured set of songs from these cool northern cats, they bust out a track like "Three Shadows", which makes one suspect that The Beta Band invaded Turku. This is music saturated with joy and fun, which makes it just about irresistible.
For Do Xao The New Tigers are Appu Jasu, Janne Kauppinen, Valtteri Virtanen, with some contributions on drums from Waltteri Katajamaki and Leif Elverstig. The album is out today in CD and digital formats via Soliti Music.