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Posted May 18, 2018 by Mike Mineo in Folk
 
 

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.

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I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound. I used to write for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine. Send your music to [email protected].