Oslo

Los Angeles act Oslo could easily be mistaken for an English import.

Los Angeles act Oslo could easily be mistaken for an English import. The trio's atmospheric alterna-pop is drawing comparisons to Brit bands from Coldplay to Oasis, especially in the way guitarist/vocalist Mattia Borrani croons like a gentler Liam Gallagher with a Mick Jagger drawl. For all its influences, Oslo has its own disposition: a beautifully sad loner who nevertheless will attract lots of admiring friends. Borrani, guitarist/backing vocalist Gabrial McNair and bassist Kerry Wayne James don't compose music so much as mood, invoking such melancholy faves as the Cure on opener "The Stranger" and summoning the goth godfathers again during finale "Stay," perfectly bookending the album's brooding nature. Equally haunting is the eerie twilight of "Systematic" and "Nervine," which recalls the loveliness of Björk's "Vespertine." The band also spews rockier angst on the Nirvana-ish "For All It's Worth" and cranks up the amps for "One Last Fling."—CLT