Sweden's most successful pop outfits tend to err on the of major key hooks, bouncy, optimistic hooks, and an underlying aesthetic of freshness and warmth. It's unusual to find a band from the cold country, then, that actually mimics the climate and surroundings. The Bell sounds like they're actually from Sweden -- a dark and distant blend of atmospheric post-punk, sharp yet dance-y rhythms, and bass lines in the higher registers (think Peter Hook's bass playing).
The groups is a solid act, and certainly worth looking into. The remix on the MySpace page is great -- a sort of New Order take on the Happy Mondays with a hokeyness akin to Whitey. The original tunes, though, are great in their own right and are especially suiting me right now, as I write this post in a surprisingly cold L.A. (my fingers are turning purple! -- should I turn on the heat?)
Get the album, Make Some Quiet, from Portland's Badman Recordings Co..Enjoy!
the Bell - I Am History
the Bell - Do You Know How I Feel?
the Bell - On and On