album review::Kate Tucker & The Sons Of Sweden

There is something pure at heart about the music of Kate Tucker & The Sons of Sweden on their self titled debut. This is the first collaboration between Kate Tucker & The Swedes, and the result is a record that almost feels like it is gliding on air. Undoubtedly, the unique atmospheric character achieved here is based around Kate Tucker’s fine songwriting. Her sweet, but confident vocals, combine with the ethereal guitar strokes of Nic Danielson (who is evidently obsessed with Air & Cocteau Twins, and the influence is profound), to do well in conveying the emotional landscape of this debut which ranges from thoughtful, sad, wanting, and thus forth. Even though there are down moments in terms of mood, the songs almost always have a departing passage that breaks the sadness and lets a little light in, making the record feel like a journey of sorts. An example of this is my favorite song on the album “Faster Than Cars Drive,” a mid tempo tune, which is held together with an ominous, slightly western spare guitar riff on the verses, until the stress is broken with a relativley uplifting chorus with talk of cars driving on those endless Montana highways. I also really love the feel of the acoustic stripped down soul searching closer “In The End,” which incorporates a tinge of slide guitar, plans to go to California, and all in all, a beauty that is reminscent of Innocence Mission at their finest. Maybe it is all the talk of places on this album, but it unravels as a very nice soundtrack for that long drive when you’re lost and hoping to find yourself.

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EVERYTHING WENT DOWN
SATURDAY NIGHT
FASTER THAN CARS DRIVE

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