Sometimes you just need a drop or two of cool to keep your cup of uncool from rolling over the rim. Like when some elevated jackass comes tearing around the corner of a store parking lot in a Heavy Pickup truck with spray-on chrome wheels and almost runs you down. AND they have the courtesy to give you(me) the ol’ middle of the hand salute for getting in their way. Nothing you can do but suck back that breath and try to ignore the residuals of the life-flashing-before-the-eyes slideshow. I saw people I hadn’t seen for years in there.
Maybe I should give one them a call sometime…
Solander’s a new experience for me, but I feel like I’ve had a taste of Melochromatic Memories before. Their calling card (Swedish and that ugly “indie” word is tucked in the liner notes) isn’t necessarily unique.
The songwriting here is simple but full of hooks, brought and kept down by earthy vocals and instrumentation that feels tight with the mild melancholy that comes through in a lot of tracks. Mild here means very mild.
The best experiences come through the distant percussion and the orchestral setups in “All Opportunities” (A perfect track), the wolfy atmosphere in “Preludium”, and the slow pulse on “Lighthouse”. And with the exception of two tracks that sound oddly similar to each other, there really isn’t a let-down in the ten tunes offered here. What a deal.
It’s comfy music. Most of these Swedes have it down.
Normally I’m pretty skeptical and grumpy when it comes to bands like Solander, but Monochromatic Memories nails its sound. It nails it to the wall.
Click on the bandcamp player above to sample what’s in store and consider tossing a few bucks their way. Just keep clicking until something happens.