Red Blinders, the new EP from Swedish indie band, Hater boasts Marr-esque guitars and vocals reminiscent of fellow Swedes, The Concretes. The mix makes for melancholic hug. The band’s debut album, You Tried, which was released in 2016 made critics compare them to Canadian indie-poppers Alvvays and The Pretenders as well as ‘60s psychedelic rock pioneers Jefferson Airplane. It all certainly makes for an interesting proposition. 12” Vinyl and CD on Fire.
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So then, these are Swedish indie poppers and not the 1990s grunge supergroup of the same name. Even if the name hadn't been used before it's terribly misleading - I expected something, if not death metal, with a little grit. But Hater are as sweet as the Belgian bun I'm about to eat with lazily strummed guitars and pretty damn sweet vocals with recall fellow Swedes Club 8.
On 'Rest' they find a few of those ethereal guitars the XX left lying around and are perhaps better for it, a bit of mystery is often good for the soul and it's often the spaces between notes that matter. The title track is one of those semi familiar things that for a second you think is a cover....it's nagging familiarity is going to bother me all day but the guitars are nice and Wild Beasts which is distracting me for a minute.
The only bit of loudness is on closer 'Penthouse' but again this is just relative. It's as noisy as...say...the Beautiful South rocking out, but it makes me conclude that there's something really promising near. It's nice indie-pop with that dash of something extra that suggests that if they play their cards right they could be the next the Cardigans.
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