For me, the design process is invariably tied to the music I listen to. I can look at a design I made, and remember that I was listening to BjÃ¶rks Bachelorette, or Sonic Youth’s Rain On Tin.
I never really discovered Kent… I was introduced to them by a good friend of mine. Even so, Noscope 2001 and the better part of 2002 was built while under influence of Kent. Kent is from Eskilstuna, a mini town in Sweden. Their music is written and sung by Joakim Berg. The sound is a mixture of Depeche Mode and The Cardigans, the latter also being personal friends of the band. The genre was initially sort of “indie-rock”, but paced slowly towards highly produced electronic synth-rock.
I would recommend Kent to anyone who likes Depeche Mode, or The Cure, and likes intelligent guitar-rock.
Most rocky part of Kent—Great album … for fans.
Incredible masterpiece of guitar-rock.
Critically acclaimed, incredible piece of musical history. One of the best albums, ever. Melancholic synth-rock.
Masterpiece of synth-rock. More Depeche Mode than ever.
Collection of B-side tracks from their singles releases. Probably the best Kent ever released.
Incredible 5th album from Kent. Definately a worthy successor. More produced than ever, and suddenly with hints of The Cure. Most pop-friendly album.
By the way, both Isola and Hagnesta Hill also come in english-sung versions. Although they are “lesser” than their originals, it may be a good choice for english speaking readers.
My most played tracks
Utan dina andetag from ‘B-sidor 95-00′
A personal favourite track.
En himmelsk drog from ‘Hagnesta Hill’
Better Synth-Rock Were Never Written
747 from ‘Isola’
Hailed by some as the /best track ever/. Not quite, but very, very close.
Indianer from ‘Verkligen’
The sound of summer.
Dom Andra from ‘Vapen & Ammunition’
SpÃ¶kstad from ‘B-sidor 95-00′
LÃ¤ngtan Skala 3-1 from ‘B-sidor 95-00′
Written for Amnesty Intn.
Chans from ‘B-sidor 95-00′
Saker man ser from ‘Isola’
Visslaren from ‘Hagnesta Hill’
Stoppa mig juni from ‘Hagnesta Hill’
Armed with the above playlist, you’ll get a good introduction to Kent. Also, you’ll be able to buy Isola and Hagnesta Hill, possibly even Vapen & Ammunition at a next-to-nothing price.