There’s no getting away from it – the first time I heard Sweden’s Slottet it reminded me of The Postal Service. This is lush electronic indiepop that steps away from Ben Gibbard’s template of ‘feel good melancholy’ and embraces the loneliness, the heartache and the introspection that comes from growing up within the long dark nights of the Swedish countryside. The 5 songs on this EP are perfectly suited to both the best indie dance floors and those long walks home once the clubs have long since shut.
“If everybody could pull off the sound made famous by The Postal Service we would have a lot more pretenders like Owl City. But I guess it’s more difficult than it seems to combine easy beats with soft synths and chilled out vocals. So when I say that Slottet recreates that sound I mean it as at least a back handed compliment. “I Know” and “Agnostics Nightmare” are the closest things to Postal Service outtakes as you’re likely to find. As a fan of that band and that sound I really like these two.” Swedesplease
While studying together, the members of Slottet needed a way to escape the pressures of school, life and everything else and they found that music was their escape. This was in 2008 and a lot have happened since then. They have played live on venues ranging from small cellar-like bars to playing their biggest gig so far at one of Sweden’s biggest festivals, Way Out West.
Hank von Helvete from Turbonegro once said ‘Most rock-n-roll bands start as a riot, but end up as a parody. We started up as a parody, but ended up as a revolution.’ To paraphrase this – most electro-pop bands start out as a symphony of synthesizers that evolve to echoes in the night. Slottet started out as two guys listening to those echoes in the night, but ended up as two guys creating something just as good.
Tracklist: Agnostic Nightmare / I Know / Oh No / Please / Vanity
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