Northern Europe has been a longtime exporter of some of the world’s most influential pop music that comes without the superficial filler and formulaic construction of some of North America’s boy/girl band counterparts. Perhaps inspired by the idea that pop music can be catchy without coming with a shelf-life are Sweden’s Death and Vanilla, a hazy dream pop outfit whose self-titled digital debut EP can be downloaded at their website. For fans of Beach House and Sonic Youth who appreciate a little Nordic cuisine in their music diets, this could very well be the fusion of dreams and nightmares you’ve been waiting for. Tracks “Godspeed” and “Ghosts in the Machine” are particularly haunting, while “Run Rabbit Run” has a psychedelic, British mod charm to it.
Download 4 Death and Vanilla tracks HERE
By Carly Lewis