• Razika

In his review a couple weeks ago, Ben Ratliff of the New York Times made an astute observation about the debut album from young Norwegian quartet Razika: “Enjoy it while you can; one gets the sense that some aspect of this group’s mood or musical ability will fall and harden, like a soufflé, and never be the same again.” It’s not hard to think of examples of the phenomenon he describes. There are bands that spend lots of time before making their first record working on their songs and their sound, passionately driven by the newness of the endeavor, and then there are bands that arrive at something magical almost in spite of themselves. There’s nothing wrong with either path, but in both cases something’s often lost when bands move on from that first record—charming naivete, maybe, or depth of engagement. Or both.