On their fourth album, this Swedish collective — founded in 2005 by Emanuel Lundgren — never veers far off the course of sunny skies. Forever Today soars with the lightness of youth and wraps up before any understanding of suffering can take root. The new album follows 2010’s 27 Songs from Barcelona, which featured the prolific wunderkinds cooking up one solo per band member per track. As one of contemporary music’s more celebrated and fully functioning collectives, I’m From Barcelona commands the feel of an intimate group, and their magnanimous approach floods each track with inclusivity. Whereas other collectives of a similar ilk seem fine-tuned for promotional purposes, the ironic hipster trope is not to be found with this bunch.
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