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The COMPASS Group, August 2005

Artist: Sambassadeur
Title: Sambassadeur
Label: Maya Music

--By Uvia Chang, translated by Cara Steenstra

Following in the footsteps of The Radio Dept. under Labrador Records, Sambassadeur recently stepped into the British independent music world when they caused a stir among fans who like the music of Club AC30 and HDIF. These fresh, new Swedish musicians bear a resemblance to their fellow countrymen, The Concretes, who themselves caused a stir last year. Lead vocalist Anna puts a sweet twist to the influence of The Velvet Underground; all she lacks is the soulfulness of 60's all-female groups. Male vocalist Daniel sings with an air of nonchalance, with gaps between the guitar music, reminding one of Jesus and the Mary Chain. Sambassadeur's guitar music rings through the air like wind chimes in the breeze. Soft and dreamy with a hint of fantasy, songs like "New Moon", "Ice & Snow", "Dead Leaves" and "Between the Lines" are all filled with Nordic warmth and sunshine. "If Rain" is a song that brings images of fun in the rain to mind, with tinkling piano music that is light and free. Listening to Sambassadeur is like seeing an old friend smiling back at you.





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