Oh Land, "Oh Land"

She looks like German model Claudia Schiffer and sounds like the Cardigans' Nina Persson. But 25-year-old Nanna Øland Fabricius (who performs under the name Oh Land) is not just a pretty face with an adorable voice: She might have made the year's first great left-field pop album. The statuesque Dane's self-titled debut takes a hayride through a supernatural forest populated by seductive creatures, heavenly bodies and lo-fi drum machines. If the aesthetic is Tron meets Brothers Grimm, the songs here are endlessly catchy. The single "Sun of a Gun" coos and finger snaps its way into a Nancy Sinatra-esque boots-walking chorus, while "Wolf & I" belongs on the "True Blood" soundtrack, a metaphoric tale of girl/beast love with a dubstep vibe and enough specifics to make it almost goth. She also flirts with quickie synth-pop ("Voodoo"), dreamy violin-laden confessions ("Perfection") and silly kiss-off party songs ("We Turn It Up"). But the tilting scales of light and dark give the collection a definite creep factor and a clever complexity.

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