What a great, weird excursion in sass and swagger this is. The Swedish five-piece that is The Ark, and its long-haired leader Ola Salo, finds its most recent record, “State of the Ark,” bouncing between pop and dance, electronic bleeps and choir-like choruses. The record’s funny, glamorous and downright creative all over the place and, though I have yet to indulge, I would imagine that the live show would be sexily disgusting with all the sweat pouring from the moving and shaking crowd. The Ark even uses chant-inducing, seventies-rock breakdowns (“I’m gonna have a no-life-low-life, till I get out, then I get Highlife”) with rock-star coolness and riff-heavy electric guitars in other places, plus the record sports a pure pop song, “One of Us Is Gonna Die Young,” a perfect, playful and poignant warning to a desired lover. Hypnotic in its glow, “State of the Ark” is surprising and joyously extravagant. (Tom Lynch)
June 26 at Schubas.