Sunday, January 24, 2016
Discoverer 132: new indie findings
For today's discoverer series we are traveling to one of the kingdoms of indiepop: our beloved Sweden, with a trio of most exciting bands. Njut av!
YAST. The origins of this band can be traced from the steel-producing town of Sandviken in 2007, when Carl Kolbaek-Jensen, Tobias Widman and Marcus Norberg joined forces before luring down to Malmö and, a couple of years later became a quintet with the additions of Markus Johansson and Niklas Wennerstrand. In February 2012 they began a trilogy of singles, 'Believes'. 'Strangelife' and 'Stupid', which anticipated their selt-titled debut album, out on January 2014 via Adrian Recordings. After the good reception of their music and tours supporting acts like TOY, The Drums, Tame Impala and DIIV, in October 2015 they doubled the bet with sophomore LP 'My Dreams Did Finally Come True'. A joyous collection of dream pop pieces, where melody stuns and melancholy haunts you. Check their music, YAST could be ready to soundtrack your seasons...
Animal Daydream. We move North to Gothenburg to meet Daniel Fridlund Brandt and Alexander Wahl, a very enigmatic duo that appeared on the scene in 2014. They have released two EPs to date, both out thanks to the always reliable Jigsaw Records, first debut 'Easy Pleasures' in January 2015 and now, exactly a year later, 'Citrus'. Eight majestic tunes of psych-pop and sunshine pop, recalling The Byrds, the joyous side of CSNY and, looking forward in time, the poppier side of our dear Teenage Fanclub. Harmonies, chiming guitars and the smoothiest vibes from a band fated to make you smile. A pure delight.
We. the Pigs. And we end once again in Malmö with a sextet that began their career at the beginning of this decade, working slowly on their songs while playing in a few European festivals. Our wise friends at Discos de Kirlian, who already included their song 'Too Young' in their 2012 digital compilation, now offers us their first proper release in the form of a 7" self-titled EP, out just now. Four arresting songs (plus some exclusive digital demos) of highly melodic shoegaze, channeling the intensity of killer guitars and charging drum beats with the irresistible vocals of Veronika. Heavy-fuelled beauty. More please!