Last May a 2 track EP, jj nº 1, was released and instantly received consant rotation on my ipod and stereo. Shortly after came a debut full length, jj nº 2. With drugged out hits like “Ecstasy” and gorgeous vocals like those on “Are You Still in Vallda?” among an albums worth of soft and beatiful jams the album quickly became one of my favorites of the year.
Before 2009 was even over there was talk about the group signing with Secretly Canadian and a new album on the way. That album has a name, jj nº 3, and a release date, March 10. This is sure to be one of the most pleasing albums you will hear all year.
jj nº 3 is destined to be the quintessential winter 2010 album, a soft, red smear of blood on a field of fresh snow.
jj create R&B and balearic dub from the ghosts of lost lovers; pop as delicate as a fawn’s nose across blades of frosted grass. It is the soundtrack for friends packed into the town square’s tiniest tavern, their moontanned, apple-cheeked faces glowing, their dilated pupils filled with all the meaning and meaninglessness of a magic 8-ball. Their music is both carefree without carelessness, and self-aware without being self-conscious. With it, they build an ice bridge arching from Gothenburg into the heart of middle America, and everywhere in between.