Release Date: Jan 27, 2015
Record label: Fairfax Recordings
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Swedish Pop/Rock
So here’s a question that, if you’re wide awake, you’ll comfortably be able to answer: what do you get when you combine members of Dungen, Mike Snow, Little Majorette and Hajen? Why, you get Swedish supergroup (of sorts) Amason. Their debut album Sky City has a depth and resonance far beyond the normal scope of a collective setting aside their normal roles to form a new concern. This is hyper-intelligent pop music.
The Swedish indie pop group Amason do a fine job embodying the sound of their home country on their debut album, Sky City. Sleek, sophisticated, slightly reserved, and suffused with melody, they end up somewhere between the Concretes and Peter Bjorn and John on the Swedish pop spectrum, which turns out to be a nice place to reside. Featuring a collection of musicians from established bands like Miike Snow, Dungen, and Little Majorette, it's clear that they have the chops to deliver a solid pop album and they certainly do here.
Curdled easy listening, somnambulant disco and alien baroque pop are just some of the musical guises Amason pull off on their debut. The Swedish five-piece are flanked by greatness (they feature a member of cult psych favourites Dungen and were formed by a member of Miike Snow) and occasionally they touch upon it here. Kelly sounds like Voulez Vous on downers, Yellow Moon could be Feist covering Bette Davis Eyes in the Live Lounge, but the best of the bunch is the delicately Lennon-ish Elefanten.
The band’s named after a classic model of Volvo from the 60’s and 70’s. That’s also the period that Dungen’s Gustav Ejstes - who battles it out with Miike Snow’s Pontus Winnberg for the title of the most internationally renowned member of Amason - taps into with impressively distinct results in his day job. Amason are also keen on vintage influences.