Release Date: Sep 22, 2017
Record label: Merge
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Swedish Pop/Rock
Singers Bebban Stenborg and Adam Olenius’ voices work together effortlessly, whether in harmony (on “Porcelain”) or duet (on “Jumbo Jet”). On the title track “Ease My Mind”, Stenborg’s whispery vocals and the echoing piano are a beautiful combination. As well as being an exploration of intense feelings in a relationship, in a wider context the song feels relevant and necessary at a time like this, where many are looking for comfort despite of everything happening around us. The album drifts by comfortably and could benefit from a few surprises, both tonally and musically. However, there are definite standout moments, such as “Oh Oh” and the bouncy “Angel”..
Most indie rock just isn’t so important anymore. It’s a yawn, mostly, but the music is still there for its purpose. And what is that purpose? Political Statements? Escape? Well, Swedish indie rock group, the Shout Out Louds, have never been one to make statements, but their new album, Ease My Mind is kind of about our current hot-button-issue political times.