‘Sea of Clouds’
Last Days of April (Tapete)
4 stars out of 5
As someone who really, really enjoys Scandinavian indie artists — Lykke Li, Sondre Lerche, Peter Bjorn & John, to name a few — it’s more than a little surprising that veteran Swedish outfit Last Days of April haven’t popped onto my radar before now.
The fantastic “Sea Clouds” is the ninth Last Days of April album over the past two decades and you better believe I’ll be scrambling to track down as much of their earlier material as I possibly can in the weeks and months to come. Songwriter Karl Larsson is the creative mastermind behind the band and he’s outdone himself on this nine-track, 36-minute platter.
The opening stretch of “The Artist,” “The Way Things Were,” “Oh Well” and “The Thunder and The Storm” is pretty darn close to perfect and though Last Days of April can’t maintain that level of awesomeness, there isn’t much of a dropoff. Additional standouts include the title track, “Every Boy’s Dream” and “Get You.” This is an album that merits your attention, folks. (Jeffrey Sisk)