With only two members on board, Marching Band creates a lush, vibrant brand of Swedish pop. Linköping residents Erik Sunbring and Jacob Lind began recording under the Marching Band moniker in 2007, releasing an EP that year before traveling to Los Angeles several months later to record a full-length album. Spark Large appeared in 2008 and earned nods from Rolling Stone (which praised the band’s “pillowy pop”), as well as radio outlets like KCRW and NPR. While the band’s music fared well in critical circles, it also found a broader audience in 2009, when several Marching Band songs appeared in a host of TV programs and movie soundtracks. Sunbring and Lind stayed in Sweden for much of that year to record a second album, this time with producer Jari Haapalainen (Camera Obscura, The Concretes) lending his help. The result was a slightly darker record, Pop Cycle, which appeared in 2010.