Pick of the Week 23 - The Sweet Serenades
It seems a long time ago that all Swedish bands wanted to look and sound like Abba. Nowadays they're a more diverse bunch, with the Sweet Serenades looking like a cross between the brothers in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (not in a ginger way of course) and Lars from Lars and the Real Girl. The video is faintly disturbing with lots of long lingering shots of wispy chest hair and the worrying behaviour of the peeping Tom in the heart suit. The song however pulls the whole thing round with a joyful yet melancholy slant on the tired old love story format. It's a real grower and I'm looking forward to giving the debut LP a listen in the near future.