Has it really been four years since we’ve heard new music from The Mary Onettes, aka, one of Sweden’s finest rock bands? Their “Cola Falls” single came out in 2018 — and was one of my favorite songs from that year — so I guess the math checks out. But still… (To be fair, frontman Philip Ekström has been busy writing music for commercials and films, like 2019’s Endings, Beginnings.)
“What I Feel In Some Places” is filled with the the band’s trademark brand of melancholy and moodiness. The ’80s-isms are less pronounced than the band’s earlier material — though the guitars still have a beautifully Cure-ish tone to them — but Ekström’s voice and lyrics are still as delightfully mopey as ever, especially when he sings “I wish my heart could be that real again.”
“What I Feel In Some Places” was released earlier this month on the Welfare label and is currently only available on streaming services. Hopefully, it’s a sign of more new music to come from the Swedes, because four years is far too long.