I don’t know what’s more surprising — turning on the internet and finding brand new material from my favorite band, The Mary Onettes, or listening to that new material and discovering that the world’s undeclared kings of melancholy have gone and gotten borderline cheerful on us! Maybe it has something to do with pairing up with talented producer Dan Lissvik (one half of the sadly defunct Swedish duo Studio), or perhaps it’s just the magical influence of Philip Ekström’s handsome new moustache. Whatever it is, The Mary Onettes have a new-found bounce in their step, and I am really liking the way it sounds.
While the lack of all-encompassing reverb and instantly tear-jerking melodies were a pretty huge shock to the system at first, only the blink of an eye passed before I was happily settling into Simon Fransson’s slick new groove and quite simply sharing in the band’s sudden case of the somewhat happies. Somehow these four gents have managed to inch ever slightly closer to the musical realm of Spandau Ballet, while simultaneously sounding more of their own era than ever. And if you’re afraid this all seems like the TMO you know and love is on temporary hiatus, just wait until that sky-high chorus first turns the corner. There’s definitely no mistaking that for anyone.
Love’s Taking Strange Ways is taken from the band’s forthcoming EP, Love Forever. The EP will be released – presumably with love – by Labrador Records on February 28. Pre-order it here.