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 the live show is sexily gross with all the sweat pouring from the moving and shaking crowd. The Ark chaotically uses chant-inducing, seventies-rock breakdowns (“I’m gonna have a no-life-low-life, till I get out, then I get Highlife, ohOHoh”) 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. What a great, weird excursion in sass and swagger this is. (Tom Lynch)
October 28 at Schubas.