Since getting started in 2002, the Danish quintet Slaraffenland have impressively honed their pop. You heard a sample of it via the forthcoming We’re on Your Side’s layered lead track “Meet And Greet.” They take it to an even subtler place on “Open Your Eyes.” Lyrically you’re told to open your peepers like “like a deer caught in the glare of headlights,” but it’s hard imagining them ever getting so wide amid the kind-of-blue instrumentation. The song has a sleepy lag to it, a nighttime junkyard half-step that grows into the final pins-and-needles group exeunt without breaking the opening ambiance. That said, repeat listens work like caffeine.
Slaraffenland – “Open Your Eyes” (MP3)
We’re On Your Side is out 9/15 via Hometapes.