Release Date: Oct 20, 2017
Record label: Run for Cover Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Noise Pop
III is Swedish dark indie pop group Makthaverskan's third album and first as a quartet, with guitarist Gustav Andersson leaving the fold to go solo. His departure doesn't change much. The band's blend of new wave hooks, post-punk desperation, and indie pop melodies remains intact; if anything, they sound tighter and more powerful. The guitars have the same spiky, jangling presence; the rhythm section pushes the songs ahead like a speeding train; and vocalist Maja Milner continues to be a force of nature.
Makthaverskan make music for the margins. Formed by a group of schoolmates from Gothenburg, Sweden, the dream punk band rejects the ultra-slick production and cloying cuteness that dominates their native country's famed pop machine. Instead, they lean on the angsty melodrama of '90s Swedish rock group Broder Daniel, who were in turn influenced by the Velvet Underground and the Jesus and Mary Chain's feedback-soaked pop.
Sweden's Makthaverskan are one of the best dream-pop acts in the game at the moment. Their sweet melodies and distinct Euro-flair paint them beyond the average indie-pop band as they churn out unique saccharine rhythms that manage to wistfully entrap you and keep you isolated, light years away from all your worries. II stood as the best work of the band's career but III now proves to be a follow-up that's just as amazing, with Run For Cover sticking to a gun they know will fire on target.