BRIEFS: Solander

Solander, the artful Swedish chamber pop duo of guitarist/vocalist Fredrik Karlsson and keyboardist/cellist Anja Linna, create music that those chin-stroking scribes over at Stereogum describe as "intimate incandescent folk-rock blown out to celestial proportions." New album Monochromatic Memories (February 4 U.K.) was recorded in Stockholm with producer Christian Gabel (Ane Brun) and is filled with the kind of thoughtful, gorgeously realized melancholy that seems to flow like a natural resource in Scandinavia. "The songs we write may often sound a bit sad," says Karlsson, "but for some reason playing sad songs makes us happy." New song "The Woods Are Gone," is a shimmering hymn of loss and regret, a delicate, incessant rhythm recreating the sound of the "midnight train" in the lyrics. Solander will be opening for Junip on their February tour of Europe prior ot heading for SXSW. Click through for "All Opportunities."

Solander - "The Woods Are Gone"

Solander - "All Opportunities"