I am really excited to Premiere the second track from this new album by Second Oracle, a band from Sweden comprising members of the likes of The Hanged Man, Vårt Solsystem/Our Solar System, Moon City Boys, Me and My Kites, Lisa O Piu and quite a few more (Rebecka Rolfart, Lisa Isaksson, Josefina Pukitis and Karin Enqvist).
The track itself is the last, and longest, on the band’s self-titled debut album which will be released on March 22 2019 via Lazy Octopus Records. The whole album is replete with beautiful plangent melodies which instil in me a kind of melancholic longing. However, writing this, as I am, on the vernal equinox; I also get this feeling of hope for the long evenings ahead… and can fully imagine sitting out on a warm evening listening to this album while contemplating the nature of things. Then, as the summer fades into autumn, these songs will I’m sure capture that sense of loss that I always feel around that moment.
At the same time this album feels very much in the Swedish tradition, with elements of Bo Hansson reflecting the sort of landscape of forests and lakes that I have in my head when listening to this music.
Taking ‘Caravan of Hope’ specifically, this is a lovely track which is drawn out for maximum effect. The slow and understated start lulling the listener into a relaxed state of mind with hints of reggae and Krautrock that complement each other in a really nice way, and give the number an experimental feel without losing its accessibility. From there Second Oracle add layers of sound gradually building up a head of steam that really feels irrepressible without ever losing its laid back nature.
For those of you who enjoyed the albums from the likes of Vårt Solsystem, Melody Fields, and Me and My Kites, which I reviewed last year; this one is an absolute must… but I’m sure that this track alone will attract some new converts too.
‘Second Oracle’ is available to order now from Lazy Octopus Records, here.
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