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Sad Day for Puppets – Pale Silver & Shiny Gold

11 Nov

Sad Day for Puppets is a female fronted Swedish Indie quintet whose sound is based around the mixture of Indie rock and Shoegaze; with some songs leaning more towards one side or the other. Some have even labeled the band as part of the Nu Gaze movement, which is a Shoegaze revival movement, but whether or not it should be considered a separate genre is likely for debate. Released in 2010, this is their sophomore effort.

Unlike some other Shoegaze bands, Sad Day for Puppets don’t bury the vocals under the miasma of fuzz, so vocalist Anna Elkund can be heard very clearly.  Even though they’re a Swedish band, all of their songs are in English, so there’s no language barrier to break through. Also Elkund’s accent is a little thick, but the lyrics are fairly easy to understand. Also many of the songs have more of a traditional pop song structure, with a lot of focus on melody. So unlike some of their contemporaries, their songs get to the point. They skip out on noisy instrumental sections and many times stick to the simple verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge structures. So their songs aren’t exactly as chaotic as My Bloody Valentine, or Astrobrite. Closest to chaos might be their song “Such a Waste.”

Despite the gloomy looking album cover, the overall feeling of the album feels pretty bright and musically upbeat, but the lyrics at times may not be exactly happy. The songs have a variety of dynamics and sounds, so they differ from some of the more traditional shoegaze bands by not focusing on max fuzz in all of their songs. The song “Beads” consists of just vocals and a fingerpicked guitar with some keyboards and woodwinds for atmosphere, and “First Time” consists a slightly distorted guitar with atmospheric sounds. Some of their fuzz focused songs aren’t so fuzzed out, so you can easily hear the guitar melodies within it. So it adds a bit more to the soundscape instead of just focusing on a wall of sound on every single song.

Sad Day for Puppets may not be as “pure” of a sound that other Shoegaze bands, and would serve as a great band to introduce someone into the genre, but that’s not to say they’re a bad band. Their sound of pop melodies mixed with noisy fuzz guitar with Elkund’s vocals are a nice addition to anyone’s library, especially for someone looking for some more female lead music. Though at 37 minutes and at 10 tracks, this might be a bit too short for some people’s likings, but it is also missing any filler material, so consider that a plus.

You can stream the album for free off of their Bandcamp page: http://saddayforpuppets.bandcamp.com/album/pale-silver-shiny-gold

Rating: 5/5