“Filled with sulky and haunting vocals, every song feels as its own. A perfect record for those who enjoy Warpaint or Bat For Lashes.”
The Vinyl District reviews the new LP from Tomten, Cremation Songs!
“…pleasingly Beatle-esque, a scenario that’s far less common than one might think.”
There’s something about hearing a great pop single in the flush of a gorgeous summer day that can crystalize every gold-tinted summertime moment you’ve ever experienced into three or four minutes of sustained bliss…Cremation Songs is another finely-crafted, near-perfect jewel in Tomten’s baroque pop treasure chest…Cremation Songs is, first and foremost, one gorgeous bit of songcraft.
I’ve been listening to the new Ride and Slowdive albums quite a bit lately and this song falls in nicely with its Brit-influenced shoegaze, swirly sound. There’s lots of layers with the opening part establishing a gentle calm while an underlying guttural churning bubbles up to maintain the soothing vibe.
“Limbo’s Daughter” is an engaging and quite timeless sounding song. At the heart of the song are some most agreeable vocals and harmonies, however the musical arrangement and fine musicianship nudge the song up, making the forthcoming album a very interesting prospect.
“…there are certainly large swaths of dreamy pianos, fizzy vocals, and mellow guitar licks…but there are instances…[of] rock’n’roll. The piano switches to Jerry Lee Lewis. The guitars get crunchy…”