Evincing a steady warmth but laced with a slight melancholic echo, the work of Swedish band La Lusid inhabits a languid musical landscape where the memories of the '60s and early '70s unwind to their greatest expressions. Surprising vocal arrangements and hazy rhythmic progressions run rampant in their songs, blossoming into a freewheeling atmosphere of gauzy tonality and sweeping pop textures.
Built around the soft-focus pop impulses of Paulina Palmgren, Fabian Ballago, Samuel Collmar, Karl Hovmark and Johan Nilsson, La Lusid isn't concerned with meting out simple pop sounds -- they create open expanses of rolling folk-pop resonance. Their work is pastoral but grounded, steeped in analog history while embracing the feeling of wandering through dreamy soundscapes in the low light of a fall evening.
On the band's new single, "Empty Bones," they combine a knack for indelible '60s populist melodies with the spirited sway of indie pop's liquid euphoria. As the guitars chime and move in alternating patterns (bringing to mind the brighter work of The Jesus and Mary Chain), the track shakes free of its influences to focus on its own loosely-woven pop mechanics. Bathed in some light electronic accents and constructed alongside a subtle percussive flow, it perfectly encapsulates the gentle rhythmic approach that the band takes to this jangling and slightly subdued noise. It would be easy to hear this as great company on a drive through some sun-streaked coastal towns, a bright but complex mix of pop pleasures and infectious melodies.