jj: jj nº 3
Last summer Gothenburg, Sweden's jj quietly released one of 2009's most critically-acclaimed albums. The album was named nº 2 and it was the group's debut full-length (their first single was nº 1). With the naive swagger of youth, jj have already completed their next full-length. We here at Secretly Canadian are incredibly proud to present nº 3 to you. If nº 2 was (as it was to many) the quintessential summer 2009 album, nº 3 is destined to be the quintessential winter 2010 album, a soft, red smear of blood on a field of fresh snow.
jj create R&B and balearic dub from the ghosts of lost lovers; pop as delicate as a fawn's nose across blades of frosted grass. It is the soundtrack for friends packed into the town square's tiniest tavern, their moontanned, apple-cheeked faces glowing, their dilated pupils filled with all the meaning and meaninglessness of a magic 8-ball. Their music is both carefree without carelessness, and self-aware without being self-conscious. With it, they build an ice bridge arching from gothenburg into the heart of middle America, and everywhere in between.