A Camp, ‘Colonia’ (Nettwerk)
Moonlighting Cardigan Nina Persson has a soulfully sugar-kissed voice that belies a dark knack for studding ethereal, Beatles-esque melodies with lyrical daggers. On the second album by Persson’s side project — joined by her husband, Shudder to Think’s Nathan Larson, and Atomic Swing’s Niclas Frisk — the Swedish pop vet fingers love as a murder weapon, confessing seductively that it “can do you like a shotgun” (“Stronger Than Jesus”). Sardonic opening track “The Crowning” parties “like it’s 1699,” with revelers raising “glasses to murderous asses” amid plinking piano, majestic horns, and a lush arrangement at odds with the lyrics’ pugnacious class warfare. Beguiling, gorgeous stuff — and smartly funny, too.
Listen: A Camp, “Love Has Left The Room” (DOWNLOAD MP3)