Sweden’s the Mary Onettes have released two albums (and a handful of EPs) of wonderfully mournful, melancholic, gorgeous, impeccably constructed indie pop. Much is made of the band’s ’80s influences — and you can hear everything from New Order to the Housemartins to freakin’ A-Ha in their sound, to be sure — but it’s not pastiche: their music is truly beautiful and affecting. I’ve gone on a few weekend binges, always in winter, where I’ll listen to their records, on repeat, and nothing else. In fact I’ve kinda worn out the (metaphorical) grooves on their 2007 and 2009 LPs, so I’m more than ready for a new one. And it seems a new one is almost here: Hit The Waves is due next March (which is still winter in NYC), but they’ve dropped a new track on us today, “Evil Coast.” (The ocean imagery in these titles might make the band sound like, well, Wavves or Best Coast, but that’s so absolutely incorrect that it almost seems like a deliberate irony on the part of the band.) Hit The Waves was produced by Dan Lissvik of the late, lamented, fantastic Swedish nu-balearic duo STUDIO, and singer Philip Ekström was reportedly influenced by Vangelis when recording the album, and you can hear echoes of both those acts in the shimmering, cinematic sweep of “Evil Coast.” Give it a listen.
Hit The Waves is out 3/12 via Labrador.