Editors' pick



Editorial Review

On the other side of the Swedish indie spectrum from Soundtrack of Our Lives (and from the other side of the country, to boot) comes Fredrik. The group makes the kind of quiet, introspective music one would expect from people who spend long winters in dark, snow-covered Scandinavia. But this isn't hopelessly desolate stuff. Songs may move slowly, but they're never glacial in pace. And the temperature remains chilly, but never icy, thanks to the arrangements that neatly work in programmed beats, chiming bells and soothing vocals. Meredith Bragg and May Tabol of Pree, label mates on local Kora Records, open the show.

--David Malitz (Feb. 2010)