Feb 17, 2009

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"That Beep" is the Eurovision Song Contest winner that Australia's Architecture in Helsinki can never have. It's got the AIH stylings of elation with a healthy dose of WTF?, a synth-break to rival the World Cup Soccer theme and Kellie's effortlessly cool and sexy pop vocal will be swirling around your head for days: "Dressed up as bubble gum / I'm stuck to your shoe / Let's run."

That Beep is Architecture in Helsinki's first completely new release since 2007's worldwide cult hit, Places Like This.

Songs

  • 1
    That Beep (3:51)
  • 2
    That Beep (Radioclit's French Mix f. Marina) (CD/Digital Bonus Track) (4:00)
  • 3
    That Beep (Radioclit's Swedish Mix) (5:37)
  • 4
    That Beep (Haima's Mix) (4:59)
  • 5
    That Beep (Kasper Vandergraff Mix) (4:32)

Reviews

A song that fully integrates personal drama into the electronica framework (both in its lyrics and music), "That Beep" is hooky, powerful, and creative.

Prefix

Architecture in Helsinki preview their new album with "That Beep," a twee dance tune poised to set dance floors kind of alight. A bit of Prince. A bit of Casio. A bit of Carly Simon.

The Vine

With rubbery basslines, bright synths, and talk of "bubblegum", at first it could almost be an Annie song. Then there's a hook made up of voice-like beep-beeps, a bit of heavy breathing, and staccato guitars fit for the Talking Heads.

Pitchfork

Architecture in Helsinki is a joyous example of eclecticism at its best: Chunky funk grooves and lilting tropical rhythms enfold feverish pop tunes as burping analog synths sound an enticing note of party-hearty nostalgia.

Paste

A ridiculously infectious jerky party vibe somewhere between Talking Heads' juddering funk and early B52s' stop-start pop. These aren't songs so much as anthemic Afro-pop chants that would fill any dancefloor. 

The Guardian

Videos

  • That Beep (3:47)
    Krozm