Petter and Johan of Kuryakin, perhaps unsurprisingly, are great admirers of Scritti Politti, Junior Boys, and Saint Etienne - all of them groups who have expanded the stylistic palette of what is, ostensibly, electronic pop. But the pair also love sixties Sunshine Pop (The Free Design, Roger Nichols & the Small Circle of Friends), bossa nova (Marcos Valle, Antonio Carlos Jobim), and nu-soul singer Ne-Yo. What unites all those artists is a commitment to melody, to making more of less, and to composing songs that set up permanent residence in the mind.
From the sweeping romanticism of "Take My Hand" to the subtle Brazilian swing of "A Parade," there is a stylistic breadth throughout Still Here's seven songs that makes it sound like a compilation that arrived well into Kuryakin's career rather than a debut. That this is only the beginning leaves us to imagine the seemingly limitless places they might go to from here.
Tracklist: Compact Disc "Take My Hand", "Still Here", "Snow", "Rain", "Peace of Mind". Seven-Inch "Onie" and "A Parade"