I might have a weakness for Swedish electro and pop but when a country can produce bands like Snow Culture and songs like The Box on such a prolific basis, who can blame me? The Swedish dark pop duo of A and O (Ana Diaz and Oskar Sikow) follow up their track No Sleep with a track that is a wonderful piece of brooding musical majesty.
The Box wouldn’t be amiss on Melodifestivalen, or being played in an obscure hipster synthpop club. Part pop, part euphoric doom sprinkled with a sense of underlying menace Snow Culture take Swedish pop away from its sometimes saccharine superficiality and give it attitude but remains accessible.
The Box is out now via the wonderful Neon Gold records.