Wy is a dark and sad dream-pop duo from Malmö, Sweden. Ebba Ågren and Michel Gustafsson formed the band in 2015, and they just released their debut album via Hybris Records. They are young and they are in love with each other. Their bio reads:
We are filled with doubt
But we have no time to be suicidal
So we kiss our wounds
And play sad guitars
Until our fingers chafe
Other than that, I know absolutely nothing about them. I stumbled upon their debut album yesterday, and somewhere I read that Wy was recommended if you like Diiv and Alvvays. I do like those bands, and even though Wy isn’t like either of those, and even though I wouldn’t make that RIYL connection, I sort of get it. If you ask me, Wy is more like the second Zola Jesus record. That’s in no small part because Ebba Ågren sounds a bit like Nika Roza Danilova (Zola Jesus).
It didn’t take long for me to fall quite hard for Wy. Each song is a little different, and each song reminds me of something else. Some bits remind me a bit of Grouper, while other bits remind me of Torres. This one reminds me a lot of Zola Jesus. This is that song:
“Hate to Fall Asleep” by Wy
The guitars on this song are noisier and more effects-laden than most of the other songs, but you’ll never catch me complaining about too much reverb or tremolo or delay on the guitars. I also like the way they treated the vocals. Somehow, Ebba’s voice is small and fragile while also being big and bold. The big picture is dark and beautiful, and it ticks a lot of boxes for me.
I hope that there will be lots more to come from this young band. For now, you can download Okay via Bandcamp here.