Architecture In Helsinki “Like It Or Not EP”


Architecture In Helsinki have evolved considerably with each release in their relatively short career.  Places Like This embraced their growing presence as a live entity.  Grooves, dancing, rejoicing, and having fun brimmed out of their sonic melting pot. This progression was kind of beautiful in a way as the music now had the sort of Ladysmith Black Mambazo celebration of humanity kind of spirit behind it.  It also brimmed with more confidence.  That feeling is preserved on this EP that features some new remixes of a couple Places Like This tracks.  Like a good live band that truly cares about it’s fans, they included the previously unreleased live-show fan favorites “Beef In A Box” and “One Heavy February 2008.”  Prior to the Places stage, Bird had moved from Melbourne to Brooklyn.  The in-your-face intensity of the city that you can hear come through many New York groups whether it’s The Ramones or Wu-Tang, kicked in for the formerly shy Aussie farm boy. Bird has talked about the influence of the Puerto Rican community around his South-Williamsburg apartment, from late night Reggaeton to street barbecues, on the music he makes.  You can honestly hear this influence on every track.  You can feel the humidity of a New York summer night and the energy of people living it up while the smell of heated trash lingers in the air.  The pulse of the city life and the harmony of a stoop party infect their sound.  It’s the sign of a truly talented and honest artist that their music can be a reflection and extension of their life.  Shortly after the release of Places Like This, a friend of mine forwarded me a video of AIH performing in the streets of Paris.  The line between the street crowd and the band blurred and it really felt like a neighborhood event in the spirit of the early days of hip-hop at street parties in the Bronx.  That video seemed to perfectly capture the essence of what’s important to the band.  Honest music shared with good people with the soul purpose of making your body feel all kinds of positive things.  Their sound may have evolved but the heart hasn’t.  The Like It Or Not EP will remind you to grab your friends, get outside, fire up the grill, bang a beat on whatever’s around, and let your voices soar.

Originally published in Impose Magazine.


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