Whitest Boy Alive is probably better known for their dynamic singer/songwriter Erland Oye. Having done two albums of Simon & Garfunkel-esque folk with Kings of Convenience, and done a bit of electro-house under his own name with Unrest (plus a riotously enjoyable DJ Kicks mix), Erland Oye is trying a new band on for size.
On first listening to it I must admit it didn't initially appeal to me. But it is a grower, and after a few listens, you realise how accomplished it is. There is no fancy studio effects - it's just lead guitar, bass, drums, voice. And it works very well indeed. The bass drives the rhythm; very reminiscent of the clean, simple sound The Police used to produce. Most indie makes the mistake of going for the `big' sound - which despite its popularity is rarely pulled off successfully. This album is a lesson in the virtues of keeping it simple.
I think for anyone who is a serious indie fan, this album has to be one to get. There are few singer/songwriters as good as Erland Oye around these days, and even fewer who are as independently minded as he is too. Writing as someone who prefers his electronic album Unrest, Dreams is still pretty good, though I'd like to see Erland write some more electronic music at some point in the future. But I'm just happy to see Erland is still doing things his way.
One final thing - if Whitest Boy Alive plays near your home town, you absolutely must see them live. Just watch some of their broadcasts on Youtube. They are an absolute riot. How many indie bands do you know would break into a cover of Snap's "I've got the Power"?