"Recently, the Stockholm band Pretty Solitude released a new single, "Patient", that should be noted, a preview of their second forthcoming album Vanity, released this fall on their own label Precious Elsa. They play a sort of indie rock with a hodgepodge of influences: Stina Nordenstam, Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Black Keys and Daniel Adams Ray, to name a few. "Patient" has harmonies in the chorus in the style of Nina Ramsbys old 90s grunge band Salt, although not as hard rocking, and odd time changes give life to the medium tempo.
The band consists of Matz Lundin (guitar, keyboards etc. and songwriter), Rebecka Heijel (vocals), Caroline Jöngren (bass) and Simon Widen (drums).
In the studio, they frequently use vintage equipment, tape recorders and tube amps, which provides a dynamic and a depth to their unique sound in combination with said influences. Even odd approaches like running the bass through a clock radio is utilized (!). Right now, they have taken a break from playing live because two in the band recently had children, but the studio work is easier to sync up with parenthood, so an album is on the way anyhow.
Hopefully the band will come out and play live eventually, until then, we have the alternative rock single and video "Patient" and the upcoming album. http://songsforwhoever.wordpress.com/
A new fresh four-piece indie/ alternative pop rock band from Stockholm, Sweden is creating a buzz. The music glimmers of melancholy but never looses faith. Thoughtful but catchy! The self released album was self produced and just released in November." www.kingsofar.com
"Hollow" starts with – Bring it On – which sets the mood to a fine release, with crystal clear distinctive vocal and a rumbling under-tow in percussion and bass. Gently delayed and softly strummed guitar nuances add immensely to the dreamy nature of the opener.
"Second to None" continues the theme and in this the vocal is given even sharper prominence and what a bitter-sweet glass shattering voice it is too as it floats up and down the scales. I am reminded somewhat of the vocal of Lynn Stein.
"Dancing Alone" is a step up in tempo and provides more space for the guitars to display the rock / indie pop derivations that sits in the release. The songs all seem somehow familiar, yet new at the same time.
"Breathe" takes the pace back to the more introspective earlier sounds and once again the bass speakers are given a wonderful test and the ever-present snare tap is a mesmerizing focal point for the ears.
It is as though the phrase ‘Contemporary Music’ was waiting for Pretty Solitude to emerge to provide a definitive definition for the first couple of decades of the 21st Century and in Asking Why perhaps we have finally found the kernel of the meaning.
closes the first half of the LP with an opportunity for the legs to take a work out as the driving sounds pulse in to the room. The title track – Hollow – does justice to its billing with a first class opening guitar echo and delay before settling in to a sound that captures the essence of searching for the answers that are always just out of reach. Tender for some reason made me think of bruised fruit as the lyric and guitar reflect on the nature of what happens when emotional pain hits home once too often and the inevitable reaction occurs. Worth the LP asking price all by itself.
– takes the listener back to those fissured fjords and the blissful sounds of the music float in to the listener like a rolling sea mist. One word – Stunning. Stepping in to the influences of New Wave with Trouble the quartet deliver a well balanced piece in which they seem to melt in to one. Scared has a delightful off beat tempo that ripples throughout the track, I couldn’t go as far as it in anyway resembles reggae, but as regular readers know, that off-beat is a sound in which I can settle for a long-time, so it will come as no surprise to add that I played this one a few times on loop before moving forwards to the concluding track: Angel in which Pretty Solitude round off a fine debut album with an atmospheric overview in which the vocal is once again pushed to the fore floating about echoed guitars. I have had the good fortune to lay my hands on a pre-release copy and I would recommend getting your own copy on the 1st November 2012 – mark it in the diary." Tim Whale, www.indiebandsblog.com
"From Stockholm, comes the slow burn indie pop of Pretty Solitude, there must be something in the water there to bring out all these cool bands! we will be featuring them all over the 24 hour stream (...) " http://nbtmusicradio.playtheradio.com/
"För några dagar sedan blev jag tipsad om Pretty Solitude som är aktuella med sitt debutalbum, Hollow och jag måste erkänna att jag blev positivt överraskad. Hollow är nämligen ett riktigt trevlig och framförallt vackert album.
Musiken flyter ut i glimmrande ysterhet utan att förlora sin styrka och vitalitet. (...) som helhet är (Hollow) ett mycket fint album med sin varierande och smäktande pop influenserade och sköna tillbakalutande indie/jazz-soul.