By Dave Keady
Updated July 08, 2008 at 12:00 PM EDT

A couple of weeks ago, I came across No Way Down, a new EP by the sunny Swedish pop duo Air France, and it blew me away. I picked up the album on June 26th, and according to my iTunes, I have listened to each track approximately 23 times… and I am listening to it as I write this, so that’s technically 24. Check out the carefree driving song “No Excuses” on their MySpace page, and the addictive “Collapsing at Your Doorstep” here. (You can download the entire release here.)

At first, No Way Down reminded me of a cross between the AvalanchesSince I Left You and Boards of Canada’s Music Has the Right to Children, but honestly, I think that No Way Down might be even better. On “Collapsing at Your Doorstep,” a young girl repeats the phrase: “Sorta like a dream? No — better.” And that’s an understatement.

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