Matthew And The Arrogant Sea – “Swedish Death Metal Cassette”


“Swedish Death Metal Cassette” comes via longtime (since 2001) act Matthew And The Arrogant Sea, hailing from Denton, Texas. Their album from 2017, The Glooms Pt. 1 features a number of inspiring track, especially this gem alongside “Broke (For Years)”. In particular, “Swedish Death Metal Cassette” does a great job of showing the band’s eclectic instrumental arsenal, ranging from symphonic additions that remind of Beirut, to narrative-driven pieces of folk akin to The Decemberists. Around the two-minute mark, the various symphonic elements converge alongside the chiming acoustics and “la-la”-ing to make for a special sound, one that consumes with its stylistic versatility and spontaneous structural shifts. So — “burn the vinyl, and smoke what little you got,” while giving this a listen.

Check out the music video for “Swedish Death Metal Cassette” on Vimeo here.

Also check out the engaging, brass and woodwind-laden single from the band, “Broke (For Years)”, which touts some Van Morrison-esque vibes:

“Swedish Death Metal Cassette”, “Broke (For Years)”, and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of May 2018’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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