I recently discoved the fantastic Mary Onettes. I find it hard to believe that I had never heard of them until now. Their new album Islands is out November 3rd, but I was suprised to find out that this is their second full length album. I quickly fell in love with this new album before I even knew anything about them-- I only knew they were on Labrador Records and were probably from Sweden. So I decided to do some investigating and found out this was not their first album. I felt kind of embarrassed that I had never heard of them before. How could this band have passed me by? They are exactly the kind of band that I fall in love with. Their first self titled album came out 2 years ago on my birthday, May 1st, 2007. I guess I was too busy listening to the Magic Position by Patrick Wolf and the deluxe reissue of the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack, which also came out on the same day. I am also a bit mad at my friends -- how could they have not told me about this band? Maybe they just assumed I knew all about them already. Or maybe they had not heard about them either! I typically love all things from Sweden. Especially if you are a band still musically living in the late 80's and early 90's. Espcially if you are influenced by The Smiths, The Cure, New Order, and Echo and the Bunnymen. This band was sort of made for me. I know I just recently discussed this, but I will discuss it again. I am, of course, in love with this new album, and it was the first time that I heard the Mary Onettes, so it will most likely remain the album with that special place in my heart. I went back last week and discovered their first album for the first time but I didn't like it as much as the new one. I did like it though, and am actually liking it more and more as I listen to it more and more. I know those Mary Onettes fans that have liked them since their first album will probably find this new one not as good but that is just becuase they are hearing this new album years after already falling in love with that first record. It all really depends on when you were introduced to the band.
I completely fell in love with all things Sweden a couple of years ago. Seeing as Mary Onettes are also from Sweden I am even more surprised that I didn't discover them back then. Here is my I love Sweden blog from a couple of years ago. My other favorites from Sweden are Pelle Carlberg, Sally Shapiro, Jose Gonzalez, Jens Lekman, Studio, The Knife, The Shout Out Louds, The Legends and ABBA! It makes me happy when I find a new band. And it gives me hope that there are a bunch more bands out there just waiting for me to discover. I would never complain that there is not enough good music out there. You just have to look around a bit.
So, back to the Mary Onettes. Once again, the new album is called Islands. They named it because they think of each song as its own little different shaped island. It is really a great little pop album. The songs are all catchy and tragic. There is a definite sadness beneath the songs. They fall somewhere in between goth, shoegaze, indie, and twee. The name of the band is a bit cute and silly but I like it. I hope they make it out to Los Angeles so I can see them! I suppose I should start planning my trip to Sweden. It seems like I belong there I guess. Maybe I would just fall in love with everything there and want to move there. I definitely feel some sort of kinship with the music but I don't think I have any Swedish blood flowing through my veins. But maybe one of my German great grandparents had a bit of Swedish in them! I am off to go learn more about Swedish music. I am sure my next favorite band will come from Sweden as well.
Here is a video for "Pleasure Songs" from the first Mary Onettes album...
and here is the audio for "Symmetry" from the new album Islands (my favorite song off the new album)...
also out 11/3...
Introducing by Brilliant Colors
Phrazes for the Young by Julian Casablancas
Love Comes Close by Cold Cave
Freedom of Choice & Q: Are We Not Men? reissues by Devo
Fantastic Mr. Fox Soundtrack
Suckin' It For the Holidays by Kathy Griffin
Machine Dreams by Little Dragon
Swords by Morrissey
Bleach reissue by Nirvana
Live at Reading by Nirvana
Memoryhouse reissue by Max Richter
Exquisite Corpse by Warpaint
Raditude by Weezer
also out 11/10...
Backtracks by AC/DC
Midwinter Graces by Tori Amos
Rewolf by Asobi Seksu
Never Cry Another Tear by Bad Lieutenant
Ignore the Ignorant by Cribs
Fountain by Echo & the Bunnymen
Live from the Royal Albert Hall CD/DVD by The Killers
Live at the 02 London England DVD by Kings of Leon
Received Pronunciation by Pants Yell!
Xenophanes by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez
Up To Now by Snow Patrol
Last of the Rock Stars by Ronnie Spector