I was turned onto Lilla Parasit because of my love of Melby, a Swedish outfit I’ve written about quite a bit; Are, the leader of this group is also in the aforementioned outfit. They’ve just released this new track from their forthcoming album, and I’m just sitting here bobbing my head to the steady drum beat that serves as the song’s background. In a sense, the song sort of reminds me of the propulsive pop moments that made me fall in love with Broken Social Scene; this is catchy and organic, with sort of a natural joyousness lurking in the guitar notes. Americans are always into the cool Swedish sounds, and this is about as cool as it comes; look for the band to drop a mini-LP in March of 2020 via Rama Lama Records.
When we first heard Melby, it was easy to categorize the group’s debut EP as something in the vein of modern psych-tinged pop music. But, as we ready ourselves for their debut LP, it seems like the band have broadened their sound, embraced their pop leanings and charged into the unknown. This new single has the group carefully crafting a vast expanse of tight guitar work, leaving singer Matilda with this perfect playground to traipse about as she coolly delivers her lines. Here, the band is in no rush, drawing things out so as to captivate the audience; they’re begging you to just let yourself go and follow them into the unknown. None of This Makes Me Worry is out on April 12th via Rama Lama.
You can’t say I didn’t warn you, as I’ve had Melby on my radar for some time, but today might be the day that they appear on everyone else’s! The announcement of None of This Makes Me Worry brings a bright new single that, for me, clearly shows the band as this sublime pop force that don’t look to be slowing down. The song is this broad sweeping number, filled with this sense of restrained bombast…and some night nods of musicianship splashed throughout. This might be the best thing to come out of Stockholm this year, which we all know is great praise. Look for the band’s debut on April 12th via Rama Lama Records.
Melby have been on my radar for just a bit, having signed up to be part of the strong roster over at Rama Lama Records. They’re currently wrapping up their debut full-length for the label, but have dropped up this wonderful teaser to whet our appetites. There’s a dreamy guitar that meanders carefully through the song, watchful of the precise percussive elements (that sound a little like the percussion on “Young Folks”). As the two vocalists share contrasting vocal lines, a keyboard begins to emerge, elevating the track as the guitar tones, also, give the song a bit of a pick up. If the debut LP is this good, they’re knocking it out of the park!
Everyone’s all about that PNKSLM over in Sweden, but another label that’s really been doing it for me lately is fellow Stockholm posse, Rama Lama Records. They’ve just set up another great release with this new single from Melby. The band definitely fits into our modern evolution of dream/indie pop stylings, though I think there’s just a hint more fragility in the voice…it’s almost like a crystalline object you don’t want to drop for fear of shattering. However, the song really excels during the chorus where the pace is picked up, guitars ring just a bit louder and the bass bobs along. For real, this song rules.
This track may be a week old, but that doesn’t mean it’s getting any less fresh. Melby are a Stockholm psych pop group that should be on your radar– this new single, “Cross” that they just put out proves that. The group will be releasing their debut EP on Rama Lama Records soon and if it’s anything like the song below, it will be filled with psych-twingedguitar riffs, gorgeously smooth vocals, and bouncy percussion to make you shake it. Vocally, I’m reminded a bit of Wye Oak‘s Jenn Wasner, but the guitar has a bit of a bite to it that makes me think about the work of St. Vincent. The song finishes nicely with a touch of synthesizer which adds some psych flair to to the tune. Take a listen below and keep an ear to the ground for more from the group.
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