Sound — 7
Swedes. If you were to go by the stereotypes, you might think those tall and blond folks have to struggle with the cold continuously, perhaps finding a creative outlet playing dark and heavy music… The truth is that the Scandinavian music scene is colorful, diverse and lively.
Leanids offers a very different image, from the previous one: their album cover showcases a group of quirky young gentlemen having a nice picnic on a field out, enjoying the summer sun. The image reflects the uplifting vibe of the music featured within the album: a blend of indie rock and folk where energy and melody coexist in equal doses.
Lyrics — 7
To be honest, I personally did not focus much on the lyrics, as this is one of those albums where the music takes the upper hand, and the lyrics are more like a color on a palette, so to speak. The singing is definitely passionate, soulful and honest, and the lyrics are a reflection of this attitude. The songs lyrics feel like poems and "stream of consciousness," rather than standard or cheesy rhyme. The songs showcase a pleasant depth that feels at home with the instrumental tracks featured within this album.
Overall Impression — 7
The entire album does not really take of in terms of up-tempo numbers, so if you are looking for fast and snappy indie rock a la Arctic Monkeys or "party folk" a la Mumford and Sons, this might not be your jam.
However, what the band lacks in aggression, they definitely make up for in textures. The guitars just sound so natural, beautiful and organic. The drums are able to craft a quasi-hypnotic groove that offers a really dreamy environment, brightened now and then by some simple, yet effective accents. The vocal performances are probably the highlight of the entire record. The singer has an impressive range: he can go from the twang of Neil Young or Jesse Malin to the pathos of Damien Rice. This is an enjoyable debut album with a great concept and a great personality.