Â The same electronic-influenced sound that began â€œMelanktonâ€ continues during â€œTravel in Timeâ€, the chill sounds of Havnevik creating a cohesion for â€œMelanktonâ€. I understand that the style that Havnevik plays is slower than most pop music, but the extended runtimes do not help out Havnevik all that much. The arrangements that fuel Havnevikâ€™s vocals are not varied enough to keep individuals interested throughout. If Havnevik could perhaps lop off a minute of the four that most of the tracks have, the resulting disc would be all that more tight. A track that really stands out as impressive compared to the rest of the still-solid tracks on â€œMelanktonâ€ has to be â€œYou Againâ€.
The faster tempo of the track, coupled with the fact that the song is only three and a half minutes long, means that there is an energy present on the track that exceeds that of earlier tracks. Donâ€™t get me wrong, there are still slower tracks present on â€œMelanktonâ€ that succeed and catch listenersâ€™ ears. This is the case with â€œNowhere Warmâ€, which has a little of an Enya feel to the track. The wide-open compositions of â€œNowhere Warmâ€ could make it onto chill dance floors and parties alike, and show that Havnevik does not necessarily need to adopt a faster style to succeed (although it would be much easier). Give the disc a go if you like slower, trip-hop infused pop. There may not be levels of Portishead-like catchiness to Havnevik, but the solid approach on â€œMelanktonâ€ will undoubtedly garner Havnevik a number of listeners. Pick the disc up if it is your cup of tea; hereâ€™s to hoping Havnevik stays in the game.
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