Genre/Influences: Indie-Pop/Rock, Cinematographic.
Background/Info: Bling Rodent is a Swedish project driven by a handful of musicians from prominent Swedish pop acts who came together to explore their darker sides. “Constant Smile” is the band’s debut work featuring four songs.
Content: It’s not that easy defining the sound of this band. It clearly reveals a darker atmosphere, the songs being dreamy-like. There’s a melancholic touch hanging over the songs, which have something Cinematographic-like. One of the songs (cf. “Desert Sidewalk”) reminds me a bit of Hooverphonic on a dark trip.
+ + + : Bling Rodent makes me think of Hooverphonic and that’s more than simply a reference, but they even go further. The dark side of the sound has something ghost-like and yet pretty accessible. There’s a perfect balance between guitar playing and electronics while the female fragile and yet passionate vocal parts have something magic on top of the production.
– – – : There’s maybe not an absolute hit featured here although “Desert Sidewalk” has a strong potential.
Conclusion: Bling Rodent is an interesting newcomer, composing a kind of dark Indie music. I’m really looking forward to hearing more from this band.
Best songs: “Desert Sidewalk”, “Constant Smile”.