The Caper Clowns are from Denmark and play the kind of upbeat power pop that we love around here. Their new album, A Salty Taste to the Lake, follows The Buca Bus, the band’s great 2016 debut.
A Salty Taste to the Lake kicks off with “The Way I Dream,” which sounds something like a John Lennon track from A Hard Day’s Night. It’s definitely a hit single in some other place and time.
“Second to None” features a running piano riff through the track, as the band seems to race along a little faster than usual. Still, the chorus is just as catchy as always, and the strings in the break are beautiful.
“Sacre Bleu” is bouncy and catchy, and it seems exactly like something you’d hear in an American TV commercial, while “Paper Trail” has a crunchier guitar and almost sounds like a Fountains of Wayne album cut.
The Caper Clowns know how to write catchy songs with good choruses. If that’s something you’re into, this is for you.