Marching Band hail from Linköping, Sweden.
If The Shins played music after popping Prozac, they might come up with something similar to Spark Large, the full-length debut from the Swedish duo Marching Band. Musicians Erik Sunberg and Jacob Lind have created an album that is brimming with breezy pop songs, perfect for a rise-and-shine playlist or one final summer road trip.
Spark Large opens with bright piano, drums and guitar on the song "For Your Love," which may seem like ordinary pop fare; but as the album goes on, banjos and vibraphones find their way into the mix.
"Feel Good About It" isn't one of the peppiest tracks on Spark Large, but it still maintains the carefree quality that makes Marching Band so appealing. Even the lyrics urge the listener to forget their troubles, asking "When are you going to lose control / There's nothing you can do about it." Though that might be easier said than done, Spark Large can at least offer a 12-song reprieve from the daily grind.
Sunberg and Lind have a young collaboration, having written music together for less than two years. But Marching Band is quickly making its way into television and movie soundtracks. The song "Trust Your Stomach," which is not featured on Spark Large, can be heard in the upcoming film "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist."
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