Ease My Mind (LP)


Shout Out Louds

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Amoeba Review

09/20/2017

Shout Out Louds make a special kind of dreamy music that's singularly clear, light, and endlessly enjoyable. The Swedish quartet have been creating mellow music for an increasingly disorienting world for over a decade, and Ease My Mind feels like a perfect way to cancel out the negativity of 2017. Categorized by singer and instrumentalist Bebban Stenborg as "sunset rock," Ease My Mind captures that post-Smiths, early-'90s indie rock vibe where songs were tinged with just a smidgen of melancholy. Recorded in bits-and-pieces in their native Sweden after a year-long break, there's a joy and spacey experimentation here that feels as if they were reborn with new energy and lightness. "Jumbo Jet" is an incredibly personal track for bandleader Adam Olenius who sculpted the track from his intense fear of flying and having found love in another part of the world. It's an epic five-minute track that's not afraid of wearing its intense feelings right on its sleeve. Starting off with a mix of synth harmony and computer weirdness, the organic instruments are a beautiful juxtaposition over the digital sounds. When the chorus kicks in with "This is just the beginning / This is just the start," the song explodes into a mixture of sounds culminating with a quiet and mellow guitar solo that feels like it was designed to get you emotional. The very late-'80s sounding "Porcelain" trades in the tranquil sadness for a slightly more bitter, but still equally emotional song where Olenius admits to his masculine fragility and weakness. In the very jangly three-minutes of the track, it manages to capture this sincere feeling by disguising it behind a wall of clicking synths and ironic lyrics. In the four years since the Shout Out Louds' last album, the world has changed considerably and the band has grown and changed, too, with Ease My Mind. It's a perfect fall album that captures the mood of the changing weather and colors with such profound, real feelings.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Jumbo Jet
Shout Out Louds 05:32
2.
Paola
Shout Out Louds 04:43
3.
Porcelain
Shout Out Louds 03:29
4.
White Suzuki
Shout Out Louds 04:21
5.
No Logic
Shout Out Louds 03:24


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Ease My Mind
Shout Out Louds 04:56
2.
Oh Oh
Shout Out Louds 03:35
3.
Throw Some Light
Shout Out Louds 04:10
4.
Crying Game
Shout Out Louds 04:05
5.
Souvenirs
Shout Out Louds 04:43

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