Swedish trio NONONO burst onto the scene last year with their catchy dance-popsingle “Pumpin Blood.” Peaking at number 22 on Billboard’s Top Alternative Songs Chart, 32 on the Pop Songs Chart, and sound tracking countless commercials, NONONO has taken over the airwaves recently. Their debut album We Are Only What We Feel drops July 1st, and I must say, it does not disappoint.
Much in the flavor of “Pumpin Blood,” this is album is chalk full of upbeat pop tunes perfect for the dance floor. Tracks such as “Like the Wind” showcase this with its alluring beats, confident lyrics, and the catchy “oo-ooh-oohs” that get stuck in your head and make you want to bump and grind. “One Wish” is another song to dance to, but in a much more intimate way. “One Wish” feels like an anthem with the way it builds and
expands upon itself. It is the anthem of lovers apart and it is the dance of lovers together: “I’m coming home with one wish/One wish.” My personal favorite song on the album happens to be their experimentation with ballad. It’s called “Echo” and it is tragically beautiful. Stina Wäppling croons over the ebb and flow of the piano and the steadiness of the percussion to create a perfect interlude in the middle of the album that complements the dance-pop and pop-rock tracks found on the rest of the record nicely and neatly.
We Are Only What We Feel shows a lot of potential for this new band. It shows they have the ability not only to put out catchy singles, but also to successfully create a variety of different types of music that fit together on a cohesive album. The future is looking bright for NONONO.