You’ll know them already from their mini classic ‘Not Today’ which has been around for a couple of years now. That sub 2-minuter did enough to raise expectations and now finally Afraid of Stairs are about to release a new EP through the Lavender label (up to now they had been with the equally Swedish label Labrador). Afraid of Stairs are Pontus Wallgren (founder) and Max Sjoholm and are based in chilly Gothenburg. Nothing blue about the music, though, as ‘They Aimed Bad’ from the new EP so voluptuously proves. This time Wallgren’s vocals are buried deep amongst the shards of chugging/jangling instruments but there’s also Malin Dahlberg’s (Laurel Music) ethereal dispatches to keep your head occupied. This is more than music, it’s a feeling. Only Sweden seems capable (see South Ambulance also) of producing spine-tingling neugaze at present and Afraid of Stairs are at the forefront of the movement. Also included here is the b-side to ‘Not Today’ called ‘Empathy’. KD
Afraid of Stairs – They Aimed Bad Afraid of Stairs – Empathy
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