Stockholm’s Melby share lead-off track from debut album, None of This Makes Me Worry, due in April via Rama Lama Records.
There are many reasons to love the music of The Beatles, one of which is the simple fact that nearly their entire discography can be enjoyed by both children and adults of any age. Often, older folks wish for youngsters to “turn off that infernal racket,” while the kids are bored by the “old fogey” tunes their elders sing along to. But pretty much everyone can agree on The Beatles, who managed to create a catalogue of music that’s at once childlike and mature. And Swedish psych-pop outfit Melby‘s new single “VCR,” the lead-off track from their forthcoming debut LP, just may have a similar ability to bridge that cross-generational divide.
One could be easily tempted to loop the first thirty seconds, the opening is so gorgeous. A charming keyboard plays a descending chord progression before drums, bass, and organ join in to fill out the arrangement. At the risk of hyperbole, imagine a mash-up of the beginning sections of “Dear Prudence” and “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” — from the chords to the instrumentation — and it would sound a lot like this. But then singer Matilda Wiezell‘s exquisite, wise-beyond-her-years voice enters the mix, and “VCR” tells an endearing story of finding the family’s old video cassette player and re-watching forgotten home movies of her childhood.
Melby‘s songwriter and guitarist Are Engen Steinsholm says about the song:
With only an EP and a handful of singles to their name, this impressive, young quartet already sounds fully formed, confident, and poised for greater success with April‘s amazingly titled None of This Makes Me Worry. And if Melby‘s lovely “VCR” is any indication, we should certainly be excited for spring.