Island Life


By Jason Lamphier

It's no surprise that Koop's 'Come to Me' graced an episode of Grey's Anatomy earlier this year; the lilting cry for love is a breath of fresh air amid today's funereal indie rock. A sample-laden blend of jazzy swing and marimba beats, the queer Swedish duo's latest, Koop Islands, calls to mind a buoyant Caribbean cruise or a twilight-bathed soiree at the Gatsby estate.

Bonus: Band mates Magnus Zingmark (left) and Oscar Simonsson (right) perform in makeup and skirts. 'It's uncommon to the jazz world because it's so conservative and dominated by men,' says Zingmark. 'The makeup gives us extra adrenaline.'