❉ Swedish Synth pop/Indietronica duo’s latest release reviewed by Ange Chan.
Covered in Snow are a Synth pop/Indietronica duo based in Stockholm, Sweden. They were formed in 2017 when the longtime friends Tom Hedlund and Mikael Engström ended up living in the same town for the first time in years. Their first release, Spaceboy was released just a few months later.
In April 2019, they released their conceptual EP, Collateral Damage which explore feelings and their effects on individuals, their surroundings and society. Each song represents one feeling, portrayed by the lyrics and sound-scape. Covering emotions such as shame, angst, guilt, regret and emptiness.
Their latest single Hurry Up To Love Here was released during lockdown on 1st July 2020 and is a melancholic ballad of beautiful electronica, resulting in an accomplished and polished song with a captivating melody with deeply personal lyrics.
This is emotional synthpop with a chorus that has a hook which sticks with you. Their sound is somewhat reminiscent of Chvrches, Kite and Empathy Test. Their previous single has received radio play in England and they have been on Swedish National television. The EP received excellent reviews and the song Guilt was named the 17th best song of the last year by Popmuzik.se.
While having their roots in 90s Alternative Rock and Trip Hop and inspired by the bands Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead and Massive Attack, the duo also draw heavy inspiration from Synthpop, Electronica and Dream Pop, creating a unique sound.
The single will be followed up with an eagerly awaited new EP at some point in the Autumn.
❉ Ange Chan is a freelance writer, having produced two novels and six volumes of poetry. She was also prolific in the anthology collection Me and the Starman (now available by Cult Ink on Amazon) and is a lifelong lover of music, having first been published in the 1980s music press. As well as being a frequent contributor to the pop culture website We Are Cult, she is working on her long-standing third novel Champagne Flutes and Pixie Boots.