Review: "Det Haster!" by Casiokids

| Mon Dec. 5, 2011 6:00 AM EST


"Det Haster!"

From Casiokids' Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen (Polyvinyl)

Liner notes: This loopy Norwegian quartet brings a playful tinge to synth pop, crafting delectable fun from analog blips, chunky beats, and Ketil Kinden Endresen's dreamy voice.

Behind the music: Known for spirited live shows, Casiokids have incorporated shadow puppets and animal costumes into the act. Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen, their first proper album following a 2006 singles compilation, translates as "the revelation over the mountain"—a supposed reference to Dr. Tarzan Monsoon, a fictional adventurer who discovered a hidden rainforest.

Check it out if you like: Electronica mavericks such as Devo, When Saints Go Machine, and New Order.