The Swedish music scene is currently exporting more artists than Volvo does cars. Little Dragon, Lykke Li, First Aid Kit, Kids and Tallest Man On Earth are just a few who will make Stockholm the place to head for this summer – not to mention death metal heroes Entombed. Johan Reinhold is one of the new bunch. This single sounds like it was written on a summer’s day while gazing upon its natural beauty of the flora and fauna of the country’s Koster Islands, which, funnily enough, it was.
“Mayday, I’ve been shot down/I took a bullet to my heart” the track begins (so retro for one so young and bearded) while the former Swedish Grammy nominee Reinhold excretes a whiff of West Coast hair rock over wailing guitars and plaintiff vibes.
Having electronically moved things up a notch since that industry nod in ’09, Reinhold brings a slow and longing rockiness as a backdrop to a sticky, choral hookline, whilst backed by a lush, deep shagpile carpet of piano, snare, vox and echo.