Hailing from Copenhagen She Talks is a four-piece band comprised of Inge Poulsen, (lead singer) Jens Poulsen, (guitars) Henrik Madsen, (guitars, bass, keys etc) and Mathias Hoeg (drums, percussion). They released their debut self-titled album in 2011 and followed that up with their sophomore release entitled Heroine. Their latest effort Exile is an EP and after taking a listen doesn't surprise me that their songs are on rotation on Danish National Radio.
Exile showcases five indie pop/rock gems that are about as addictive and catchy as anything I have heard in recent memory. She Talks in many ways reminds me of a female fronted version of The Shins. Poulson implements creative lyrics that avoid cliches while having a voice that was meant to sing pop songs. The songs are incredibly easy on the ears and are a real treat to listen to for a number of reasons. It’s a warm album that utilizes acoustic and electric guitars while never trying to fit in too many elements. On top of that the EP has a flow to it. It’s obvious that the band thought about the sequential order which seems to be more and more like an afterthought for artists in these days of streaming services and the ability to buy any song you want.
The EP starts with “The Night Isn't Young” and the first time I heard it I was addicted. Poulsen’s infectious vocal melodies are supported by a combination of organ, slide guitar, bass and drums. The songs emits feeling of stoic nostalgia and melancholy while also feeling appropriately upbeat.
The next two tracks “A Song Once Meant For You” and “Roadside” are also notable songs. You get to hear some sweet harmonica on ““A Song Once Meant For You”. They close with “Tangled Up” which was the most emotionally resonant, heartfelt song out of the five. The song is void of percussion besides a shaker but features some effective vocal harmonies.
Exile isn’t breaking any barriers but She Talks has established their own sound that feels natural. The songwriting is good while often being on the verge of great. Suffice it to say She Talks is a band I would recommend to anyone who appreciates palatable pop music.
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