Both of the other Pale Honey songs I love sneak up on you. “Youth” and “Fish” both start off with just a drum pattern or a solo guitar riff, building from a relatively quiet intro into a big, crashing chorus that smacks of satisfaction. The Swedish duo new single “Lonesome” is a little different — there’s nothing to build to here, the leaving has already been done. Everything hits at once right from the start. A forbidding bassline looms over chiming synths and twanging, crashing guitars; even if the end is near, this will be not be a gentle departure into that good night. Tuva Lodmark and Nelly Daltrey aren’t trying to make anything but straight forward, no-holds-barred rock music. “I know I’ll get along without you,” Lodmarks muses, but her guitar is already saying that louder than the lyrics ever will. Listen below.
Pale Honey is out 5/4 via Bolero Records. Pre-order it here.