Küchensession #161 | Last Days Of April


Sea Of Clouds (release date: June 19th 2015)

For 20 years now, the Swedish band Last Days Of April has enriched the world with their enchanting indie pop. Their ninth album „Sea Of Clouds“ follows in a series of outstanding releases. And yet the ninth studio album by this Stockholm band – based around the songwriter Karl Larsson – sounds so much more deliberate, mature and balanced than ever before.

It seems as if Last Days Of April have actually undergone a metamorphosis, have matured from caterpillar to butterfly, and now simply unfold in their full splendor. And even if the penetrating beauty of „Sea Of Clouds“ might suggest a final stage of maturity, that would be too easy. Rather, Karl Larsson and his excellent musicians have managed to go through a process of transformation several times throughout the band’s history – forward then back again, from the bottom to the top. And yet despite all the developments and changes in the lineup, one thing has remained constant over the years: the hunt for the timelessly beautiful Swedish pop song – in a snow flurry between Neil Young and the Lemonheads.

The result is a wonderful long-player, which is the group’s most authentic and grounded work so far. This is surely due to the restrained instrumentation of the nine pieces. The songs are carried by acoustic guitar and piano, as well as by gently propulsive drum rhythms and immersive, reverberant guitars. It all comes together to underline Larsson’s delicate, crystal clear vocals in the most grandiose fashion.

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