So, the Radio Dept. are reissuing their sophomore effort, Pet Grief; they’re also touring the US with fellow Swedes, Hater. But! None of that is of any import, as the news is merely there to disguise a brand new song…the first in two years! Here, the band begins subtly, moving in slow with a calmed melody; it sort of reminds me of a really stripped down Clientele. Their usual haze and texturizing are absent, at least until the first minute of the song, and even then, it almost feels more like an uplifting of the initial opening, before slinking back to the trickling pop gem. They promise there’s more on the way, and I promise, I’ll be rushing to keep you up to date, as they’re one of my faves! Their US dates start in April thru early May.
There are a lot of great pop bands out there at the moment, but I dare say there hasn’t been one as consistent and moving as Sweden’s Hater. They’ve just announced a new 7″, their first new music since last year’s Siesta. On first listen, I thought the opening two minutes were brilliant, using that sharp falling guitar line to contrast against the smokiness of the vocal delivery. But, then they offer up a little sonic exploration, releasing the tension just after the two minute mark, and I’ll admit, I was taken aback, surprised even. All of this to move towards a quiet close. The new 7″ will be out on Fire Records on September 6th with a few US dates to follow.
Everyone has their own definition of indiepop; but I tend to ascribe to the original craft where DIY aesthetics and a softer response to punk were all the rage. But, to each their own. So I went through last year to compile what I think is a pretty all encompassing Best of Indiepop 2018; there’s no order, just a collection of really great indiepop. Some of the below are songs, some are albums, some are just bands or labels that were important. Click on for my picks and a playful playlist. Read more
All about that worldly indiepop sound, and Hater have been one of the finest purveyors of the genre over the last year or so. The Swedish act allow us to continue our journey around the world (already hit up Norway and Japan), not to mention they continue to grow in their songwriting. The first of the tunes from the bands forthcoming Siesta LP offers more of what they’ve given us at this point in their career; the latter tune has a little more sonic exploration, utilizing some horns to continue with the melody. The new record will be out on September 28th via Fire Records.