Recommendation/New Discovery: Hater



I’ll be writing this post in English since the band’s lyrics are in English. They also have a great chance of making it outside of their native Sweden (mainly because I think they’re good enough) and as many people as possible should check them out.

The band I’m speaking of is Hater, hailing from Malmö, Sweden. They debuted last year with an EP, Radius, released on PNKSLM. Their first full length, titled You Tried, was released one month ago (also on PNKSLM), and that album is the main focus of this post.

The music that Hater play is a moody sort of (indie-)pop. It’s not cute enough to be twee, it’s not dark enough to be post punk, not fuzzy enough to be shoegaze nor shimmering enough to be dream pop. Yet they incorporate all of these genres into their own expression. They have the aforementioned moodiness, and some of the darkness, of certain types of post punk (Common Way, Always to Get By). They have the wistfulness and melancholy found in dream pop (Carpet, You Tried) and the sometimes distorted, sometimes jangly guitars of C86/twee (Stay Gold, Mental Haven). And on Heavy Hearts they play an almost Fleetwood Mac-ian kind of sophisticated pop (pinch of salt, please) – in an ‘indie’ sort of way, of course.

Their singer, Caroline Landahl, alternates (convincingly) between hoarse cries and an almost velvet-y whisper. She sings of lost love, getting by in life, dealing with yourself and others – and I believe every word she says. The melodies surrounding her voice and lyrics are strong, yet subtle. You might not be walking down the street whistling any of the songs off of You Tried, but when you listen to the songs, the melodies, you feel them, way down in your gut.

I was supposed to see them live this past December, supporting Radio Dept., but my plans fell through (as so often they do…), and I wound up selling my ticket instead. Better luck next time, I hope. And hopefully soon!

Their album is available for purchase at PNKSLM’s store and all the usual places.

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10 låtar som frammanar känslor och bilder av längtan, förlust, lycka och kärlek. 2:a mars 2017.

  1. Loveninjas – Once There Was a Girl and a Boy

 …when something matters to you this much

2. The Postal Service – Be Still My Heart

And on the bus I could have sworn it was all a dream
And it didn’t happen to me

3. Days – A Part of the World

We’re heading home as the sun comes up

4. Bright Eyes – Gold Mine Gutted

You were a stroke of luck 

5. Sällskapet – …den dan

Nu är nummer 13 ett lyckotal igen

6. Her Space Holiday – Tech Romance

You can show up at my house
Completely unannounced
We’ll have that movie kiss we talked about

7. Boat Club – Memories

and I know that I belong there,

with you

8. The Cure – One More Time

Hold me up so high
To touch the sky
Just one more time

9. Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

And when we meet on a cloud
I’ll be laughing out loud
I’ll be laughing with everyone I see

10. The Good Life – Album of the Year

I’ve never felt so found


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New Discoveries: The Arms of Someone New


The Arms of Someone New isn’t a new band in any literal sense of the word, but they’re (sort of) new to me. Apparently, according to, I briefly listened to them back in the spring of 2010, but I have no real recollection of it, so to call it a rediscovery would be a stretch. A new discovery it is.

But who are they? TAoSN was a duo from Chicago, IL, consisting of members Mel Eberle and Steve Jones. They played a sort of ethereal mix between postpunk, cold wave and dream pop. Chilly synthesizers, drum machines, jagged guitars. Soft vocals. Lots of atmosphere.

They formed in 1983 and released their debut LP, Susan Sleepwalking, in 1985, on indie label Office Records. A follow-up, Promise, was released in 1988. I have yet to listen to the latter, but I have nothing but praise for the former. The reissue, available on Spotify, consists of the original album as well as an EP, Burying The Carnival, also released in 1985, and a 7-inch, Holy Dance, from 1984.

The music on Susan Sleepwalking is subtle, dreamy, melancholy without being gloomy, hard to grasp, but easy to get lost in. Despite sort of moving in the same sphere as the goth music of the era, TAoSN is more a walk along the sea shore at dusk rather than a midnight trip to the abandoned asylum or the church yard. It’s romance rather than nihilism or cynicism.

They never made it big. They probably didn’t make a living out of TAoSN. They have 111 listeners on Spotify. Despite its obvious beauty, this is not music for the masses. That says a lot more about the masses, though.

Listen to them on Spotify. Spread the word.

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This week’s rediscovery: The Radio Dept. – This Past Week

Swedish dream pop band The Radio Dept. followed their atmospheric and wistful, yet still rough-around-the edges, debut album Lesser Matters from 2003 with an EP in 2005 called This Past Week.

Here they adopted softer corners and in the process slipped further into that dream state they’ve since made their own. They had ditched the “upbeat” (for desperate lack of a better term) pop and shoegaze of Why Won’t You Talk About It?, Where Damage Isn’t Already Done, 1995 and so on off their debut album and replaced it with shimmering songs with yearning melodies, conjuring up images of slate grey skies, a gentle drizzle falling on desolate sea shores and pinkish twilights all at the same time.

Irrespective of what the lyrics actually mean to singer Johan Duncanson who wrote them, to me all of the songs perfectly encapsulate feelings of love, loss, longing and regret. From the opening/title track‘s rather simple, yet earnest wish to belong to someone, to something (I want to be a good friend, I want to find my best friend, someone who wants to stay, someone who doesn’t go away), to the closing track Let Me Have This and its cautious celebration almost of having exactly that, yet being perfectly aware that it can be taken away at any given moment (This could be the final song, ’cause I think I have it all. Only time can tell, but take me now). This is The Radio Dept. to me; love and loss in equal measures.

You can get most Radio Dept. releases from CDON, but this particular EP is out of print. However, you can get it second hand from Discogs and listen to it on Spotify.

Picture is taken from Labrador Records. I claim no ownership whatsoever.