Wednesday, July 1, 2009

New Sounds: Dieter Schöön

Despite a double-umlauted name that Spinal Tap fans would love, Sweden’s Dieter Schöön makes music that sounds more like early Depeche Mode or a more avant-garde Arcade Fire. And I’d name-drop one more band – UK band Fanfarlo – when describing “Mary Jane,” the most accessible track on Schöön’s debut album Lablaza. I don’t like to quote press releases, but their publicist calls the distinctive rhythm of “Mary Jane” as “Scandinavian mariachi.” Definitely intriguing.

Dieter Schöön: Mary Jane
from Lablaza

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