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Not far from a Sub Pop sound, Sweden's Marching Band is a little bit Rogue Wave, a little Matt Pond PA and a little Deathcab back when they were still cool (meaning less popular). At just five songs, their newest EP, Spark Large, goes by much too fast, but it's got all the harmonies, poppy guitars and synth eccentricities of the aforementioned. Definitely a good summer pickup for anybody that actually pays any attention to the tune ins.
This duo of Erik Sunbring and Jacob Lind play low-key, folk-touched indie pop on "Feel Good About It", from their forthcoming album produced by Adam Lasus (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Yo La Tengo, Lilys). Sunbring and Lind trade high, close harmonies and reassuring words over a warm, slightly ramshackle backing of acoustic guitar, piano, drums, and light electronic effects, like the Shins sliding down better-fitting chutes. Is Linköping more than Marching Band's town? Dear Ryan Schreiber, I would love to go find out.