It's been over a decade since Anja Øyen Vister joined Norwegian band Flunk for a version of the New Order classic "Blue Monday, a cover that ended getting them the attention of the legendary British DJ John Peel. Since then Flunk has embraced chilled electronica and warm bedroom folk over four studio albums, finding success in Europe and beyond (the video for "Cigarette Burns" from their 2009 release This Is What You Get had been viewed more than a million times -- watch it below). Upcoming April 26 album Lost Causes finds Flunk in fine form as they continue to explore the melodic side of downtempo folktronica, lead single "Queen of the Underground" shifting easily from a gently beating trip-hop pulse to shimmering alt-pop anthem. Vister's airy vocals are the perfect vehicle for "Sanctuary"'s mellow Zero 7-styled vibe as Ulf Nygaard (electronics), Jo Bakke (guitars) and Erik Ruud (drums) flesh out the sparse production with stately chamber pop backing. Flunk will appear at SXSW in March.
Flunk - "Queen of the Underground" (from Lost Causes)
Flunk - "Sanctuary" (from Lost Causes)
Flunk - "Love and Halogen" (from Lost Causes)