January 5, 2010

things will never be the same again


I overlooked this band in 2009, I think because I was confused by their wisp-of-a-name that hardly exists at all, but just flits like a butterfly — and an album title that reads like it should be a small notation in script on the side of an old thermometer.

In reality, jj is a duo from Sweden (Joakim Benon and Elin Kastlander), and their summery album jj nº 2 sounds wonderful, here in the middle of this winter. This confection is irresistible and I keep listening to it today.

Things Will Never Be The Same Again – jj

And just like that, everything is shimmery and tropical, but with a silvery edge that feels intergalactic. Elin’s voice is so generous and warm that it serves to root the song deeply, and there are even moments in this song that remind me of a more hip-shaking Enya (who you just know at one point made you want to sail away too).

Their next full-length album jj nº 3 is due out March 9th in the US via Secretly Canadian, in conjunction with their home Scandinavian label Sincerely Yours.

They’re also touring in the coming months with The xx because they are name-twins, and were meant for each other. Clearly.

3/22 Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
3/23 Birmingham, AL – Bottletree
3/24 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
3/25 Carrboro, NC – Cats Cradle
3/28 Washington, DC – Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
3/29 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church Sanctuary
3/30 Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
3/31 New York, NY – Webster Hall
4/02 Boston, MA – Paradise
4/03 Montreal, QC – Le National
4/04 Toronto, ON – Lees Palace
4/05 Columbus, OH – Wexner Center
4/06 Bloomington, IN – Buskirk-Chumley Theater
4/08 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
4/09 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
4/12 Bellingham, WA – The Nightlight Lounge
4/13 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
4/14 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
4/16 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill

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  • I’m in love with double letter bands, well atleast these two.

    MP — January 6, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

  • Too bad Colorado isn’t on this tour.

    Chad — January 6, 2010 @ 8:45 pm

  • I just started listening to this album too for the same reasons you described. i find it rather fun and relaxing to listen to.

    Jennson — January 6, 2010 @ 11:12 pm

  • I would really like to know what happened to the 71 bands lost between JJ72 and JJ.
    [Yeah, lame joke, I'm sorry.]

    dpc — January 7, 2010 @ 5:14 am

  • We are Band Ignoring twins. I gave JJ a chance just last week. Because my friend included them on his end of year Top Ten and berated me for not listening to all of the albums he listed. I was deeply ashamed.

    I like it.

    Kathleen — January 7, 2010 @ 9:07 am

  • As a DC-area resident and heavy concert goer, i’m officially begging any and all artists to stop playing the Sixth & I Synagogue. Worst freaking venue in the area, if not the world. The sight lines suck due to columns and the seating is even worse.

    Worst. Venue. Ever.

    CD — January 7, 2010 @ 9:36 am

  • I too am deeply ashamed at over looking this band in 2009. Perhaps our collective ignorance made them decide to overlook Denver on this tour?? *sigh and tears*

    nicjae — January 7, 2010 @ 10:43 am

  • Oooh…a band named jj!

    JJ — January 14, 2010 @ 10:26 am

  • IT IS MEANT FOR YOU. never thought of that :)

    browneheather — January 14, 2010 @ 10:33 am

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