Loopsel is Elin Engström, who plays and records as one half of Monokultur as well as having a hand in Skiftande Enter and, less recently, Lichtenstein. Coinciding with a small vinyl edition of her instillation piece, “The Spiral”, is this debut single, with an A-side to give you the heavenly pop shits! Blinding, lean, 4AD-styled shimmers in the delicate guitar poetics and layered vocals, which despite the language barrier feel all the more nimble and interpretable than that of the atypical, FX-drowned vowel-howling, as the proudly sun-skelp’t melodies paint grand and existential notions with an unassuming precision that could have easily been separated at birth from the most sublime works of mid-eighties romantics; Felt, AC Marias etc or the lesser spotted, Sicilian sunstrokes of the sole Mickeranno LP.
Whatever homegrown scandy magik is at play here, I cannot stop listening to it. Like all great songs in the key of SAD, it somehow imitates a kind, masterful delivery of bad news - measured, direct and wholly at peace in it’s fragility.
OF COURSE Engström is clued to the moon and knows that there is only ever space for one track of such soul-baring potency on ANY single, and so strides with assured, mutant wisdom into a stoned, Garbage & The Flowers-style rehearsal jam of dissonant, affected, sweet-nothin’ riffs and distant streams of song-talk as if a weight has been lifted from her shoulders. What else does it sound like? Dunno, but it’s the kind of shit I could listen to ALL DAY.
Mystical, featherweight electronics frame the whiskey-rinsed piano blues of “Utebli” with a sense of gentle menace that somehow still manages to feel…elegant (?!), as the keys saunter along with a speechless, plaintive, most enviable sense of content that perhaps only inhabitants of Gothenburg can access. The short but swoit slide-guitar giddy-up reflects the subtle, recurring tips o the hat to the lo-fi, acoustic psych / blues-o-sphere of Mike Rep / Tommy Jay that can be felt throughout the majority of the EP and pulls the whole thing together as a wholly modern mongrel of weirdo-pop BLISS. Perfect 7”!
Edition of 200, all but sold out at source, 33rpm 7” with STUNNING, heavy duty sleeves and screen printed innards.
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