The Amazing – “Picture You” (Stereogum Premiere)

The Amazing are one of the best-named bands I’ve encountered in a while, mainly because they’re also one of the best. Judging by “Picture You,” the title track from the Swedish quintet’s third album, they play adventurous psychedelic prog-rock that shimmers gorgeously as it spreads out across the surface of the earth. (All apologies to frontman Christoffer Gunrup, who rejects “psychedelic” and “prog” as descriptors for his music.) “Picture You” sounds like one of former Amazing tour-mates Tame Impala’s kaleidoscopic sprawls with a beautifully weary Jose González song haunting its vast expanses. Dungen guitarist Reine Fiske is in the lineup, and that band’s legacy is in the ether here too. I am not being facetious when I say this is something you absolutely need to hear, so hear it.

Picture You is out 2/17 on Partisan. Pre-order it here.