Hater have only been a band since last year, but the Malmö quartet’s debut album finds them fully developed and ready to impress. You Tried is difficult to triangulate stylistically, but not because Hater’s sound is particularly outré. Rather, their unique take on rock music feels familiar and lived-in, taking bits from indie-pop, post-punk, and classic rock á la Jefferson Airplane. Caroline Landahl’s commanding voice lends a sense of pain and power to Hater’s guitar jangle, and it all coalesces into something graceful yet gritty, exquisitely beautiful but hard-hitting and raw. In the most basic terms, it’s just an excellent album that you really ought to check out below.
You Tried is out 3/10 on PNKSLM. Pre-order it here.