Shout Out Louds - Howl Howl Gaff Gaff

The debut from these Swedish folk-poppers takes influences from 60s era pop and more contemporary US-indie. Elements of their sound are borrowed and range from Velvet Underground through time up to Bright Eyes, via sunny Californian psych-folk bands such as Joy Zipper.

The record is caressed with delicate and blissful melodies throughout, along with some elusive guitar performances. These are best heard, along with some intelligent displays of time-changes, in tracks ‘Oh Sweetheart’, and ‘A Track and a Train’, however, a couple of slightly disappointing inclusions such as ‘100 degrees’ fail to keep up with the pack, and sound more fitting for an American high-school film.

Having featured on Rolling Stones' 'Next list' as one to watch for the new year, the band have also been touring with the likes of Kings Of Leon and The Futureheads in the US this year.

A tuneful and pleasant listen which shows promise as a debut album. Further evidence of what the rest of Europe has to offer.

Overall

7

out of 10

Last updated: 27/06/2018 02:48:16

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