Malmö, Sweden's Hater conjures a unique brand of indie pop, with the scrappy energy of C86, the charm of twee, and the crystalline shimmer of Scandinavian dream pop. The band is unafraid of showing vulnerability and focusing on bittersweet moments, but they wrap it up in some of the best-sounding guitar pop on the scene today. The spot-on pop sensibilities on display in their new album, Siesta, may remind the listener of Canada's Alvvays, but we find a bit more depth and nuance with Hater. And we must admit the the tone and delivery of ace vocalist Caroline Landahl reminds us of one of our long-time Swedish favorites, The Concretes. The arrangements here are layered and varied, and allow the band to coo or rock-out as they wish. Several of the songs will impress and indie pop fan from the first listen, but the real treat comes with letting the whole album seep into your consciousness and time-release pleasure over a long period. Siesta is a "keeper" album, and Hater is here to stay.
In addition to Caroline Landahl, Hater are Måns Leonartsson, Adam Agace and Lukas Thomasson. Siesta is out now in vinyl, CD and digital formats via Fire Records.
Bandcamp for Siesta
Fire Records page for Siesta