02.28.2014 — “The Woods are Gone” by Solander


If you only listen to one song tonight, make it “The Woods are Gone” by Solander (2014, from the album Monochromatic Memories).

Solander is an indie folk/rock duo from Malmö, Sweden. They formed in 2005, and they’ve just released their third album —Monochromatic Memories— via A Tenderversion Recording. The story goes that they set out to make a record about “the natural world”, but they turned their focus in a different direction because the last time they were touring the United States, they suffered a “great loss”. They used their feelings of sadness and remorse to fuel them and to point them in the beautiful direction of Monochromatic Memories. That title sounds like it ought to be a Stereolab song title, but this sounds nothing like Stereolab. I’d say that Solander reminds me a bit of a meeting of Fleet Foxes and Efterklang. This song does, anyway. I had never heard of Solander until I got something in the mailbag a couple of weeks ago.

“The Woods are Gone” by Solander

I really like the persistent cello line. Like a swarm of bumblebees. There’s a lot of really interesting textures going on with this song, and little hints of banjo, and little hints of synths. And there’s something about the cadence of the drums. I really like what’s going on here.

You can buy a digital copy of Monochromatic Memories from the bandcamp page.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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