Like a hyperactive Postal Service, Robert Svensson‘s “Beat (EP)” whispers a few warm up electronic clicks then kicks in with a rapid, nonthreatening beat, a quick electronic piano line, and fevered, gentle urging: “When the night comes to dress you in the blackest of blues, be sure to remember the sound of feet against cold ground.” The words are images–their purpose isn’t clear, they’re there for mood over meaning. Hit the chorus: “Let the wind do the crying for you, for the fever in your heart, it grows and grows.” The second track on the three-song EP has lead vocals by a female, and whoever she is, her sound is too shoegaze, too light, too breathy for Svensson’s intricate, borderline techno beats. It just doesn’t work. Fortunately, Svensson returns on the Cars-meet-Moby track “Unpredictable.” All in all, it’s a whole lot better than I expected it to be. Especially that first track.
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Robert Svensson is from Sweden, and already has a full album (“Young punks are on the never-never”) behind him.