It's fitting that Swedish songstress Alice Boman has named her forthcoming release EP II. Clearly, the Malmö songwriter's penchant for stripping things down to their barest core goes beyond her own deceptively simple and subdued hymnal melodies. Her debut EP was titled Skisser or "sketches," after all, an apt description for the lo-fi recordings she again displays in a sort of half-light, post-nocturne haze on her upcoming June 3 release. Boman's vocals are airy, cool and unaffected and give her songs an uncluttered elegance, similar, in an unexpected way, to Nick Drake's haunting Brit-folk compositions where just a voice and an instrument are all that's required. Lead track (and video) "What" is as succinct as its title, a lovely example of hushed chamber/pop blessed with a perfectly formed melody that seems to hang in the air even as the final notes fade. Click through to watch "What" as well as "Waiting" and "Skiss 3" from her earlier EP.
Alice Boman - "What" (from EP II)