Casiokids – “En Vill Hest (Prins Thomas Remix)”

Bergen, Norway’s Casiokids have been around for a while — we’ve caught them at By:Larm, SXSW, and CMJ more than a few times. They’ve signed to Polyvinyl for their latest album Topp Stemning På Lokal Bar, and the press release says this roughly translates to “great vibe at local bar.” Someone should really coin a word for that. The press release also points out that this is the first time a Norwegian-language pop album has had a U.S. release. Fellow Norwegian Prins Thomas keeps the worldly, warm feel of the original track, but takes away a lot of the vocal, except for lead vocalist Ketil Kinden Endresen’s high falsetto. Casiokids like to layer pieces of keyboard and organ hums under their mini-hooks; but without them the remix feels a bit lither, though almost in danger of floating away.

Casiokids – “En Vill Hest (Prins Thomas Remix)” (MP3)

For comparison:

Casiokids – “En Vill Hest” (MP3)

Topp Stemning På Lokal Bar is out 6/8 via Polyvinyl. “En Vill Hest” also has a video: