Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In tonight’s Independent Spotlight, we tackle a rising band hailing from Sweden - Sweet Lou. Last year they dropped ‘Walk the Dead,’ their successful and extensive ten song debut effort. The outfit is a duo consisting of guitarist and vocalist Mattias Lampa and guitarist Joakim Rannestam. The track in question today is 'Down The Muddy Road,’ their latest single. How does the song stack up to the powerhouse record that preceded it?
‘Down The Muddy Road’ is an intense rock track pulling themes from pop rock and other more experimental styles. Sonically, the song slaps you in the face with dramatic vocals, searing electric guitar and percussion, and atmospheric synths. In particular, the guitar pieces are eccentric and intriguing; I really dig them.
Lyrically, the song feels bluesy, even garagey. It may not have the most depth, but it makes up for that with enthusiasm and musical prowess. The production quality is quite good and the mix feels pretty solid. My only critique would be that the percussion seems a bit overpowering at times, often pushing other elements of the mix out of the picture.
‘Down The Muddy Road’ is a fun rock and roll tune. It’s hectic, yet organized and tactful, too. Lampa’s vocals are so well suited for this type of music and the soundscapes the duo is crafting are impressive. It’s ‘wham, bam, thank you ma’am’ rock and roll. (By that, I mean that it doesn’t get bogged down by pretension and it doesn’t overstay its welcome. It hits you hard and quick.)
Based on ‘Down The Muddy Road,’ I’d certainly be inclined to check out ‘Walk The Dead’ and backtrack through the band’s catalogue. Stream the song on Sound Cloud and connect with the band on their respective social networking platforms.