Me & Melancholy – ‘Illusio Veri’


A poignant, impactful electro-pop sound lingers throughout Illusio Veri, the third album from Stockholm-based artist Me & Melancholy, the project of Peter Ehrling. Translating to “illusion of truth” in Latin, the album’s title thematically addresses the tumult apparent in today’s world — and particularly how blind trust is dangerous in times where fabricated narratives and profiteering message-makers are rampant.

The foreboding thematic hold is apparent right away with the opening “My bucket of things to do before I die,” emitting a Depeche Mode-esque aesthetical appeal amidst its bucket-list contemplations. Another highlight, “Tears in the rain” lingers with the impact of emotional pain and striving for connectivity. Starry-eyed synths and post-punk rhythmic shades intertwine for another melodic, moving production.

“24 Hour Square” follows with a brighter effervescence, showing more in the vein of Pet Shop Boys; its nostalgic depictions of a past, party-friendly time feels bittersweet — infectious in its glistening appeal, though forlorn in its realizations of a past long gone. Illusio Veri is a dazzling electro-pop success from Me & Melancholy.

“My bucket of things to do before I die” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

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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