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I once asked a member of Sweden’s The Mary Onettes why the band sang in English instead of their native Swedish and he shot me a quizzical expression, as though he’d never stopped to consider the matter himself. “I don’t know, it just sounds better,” he rationalized, but I never quite bought that answer. For a country with countless amazing bands, Sweden boasts a surprisingly small number of bands who sing exclusively in their mother tongue. Of them, [ingenting] may very well be the best. Over the course of several EPs and LPs for the powerhouse Labrador Records label, the act has carved out a comfortable niche for themselves in the indie-pop community. On September 9th, the band (whose name translates to “[nothing]”) will release their latest full-length, entitled Tomhet, idel tomhet, from which “Halleluja!” is the first single.
As its name implies, “Halleluja!” strikes a triumphant tone from the very first of its lush opening notes. The rich, layered sound is one which has become almost iconically Scandinavian as of late; the band’s Swedish contemporaries such as The Concretes, Sambassadeur, and The Acid House Kings all do it well, as do other foreign peers like Camera Obscura.[ingenting] doesn’t paint the whole thing in one color, though–there is some beautiful minor key work later on which, in tandem with the intensifying orchestration near the final fade, provides a supple quality to the song. “Halleluja!” is by turns grand and sweeping, then trim and temperate. The band possesses a flawless sense of when to give things a little more gas and when to put some weight on the brakes, and the result is an irreproachably tuned bit of songwriting. Luckily for us, [ingenting] is clearly in no short supply of strapping melodies.