New Audio: Introducing The Swooning, Psych Rock of Malmo, Sweden’s YAST

The Malmo, Sweden-based lo-fi indie rock quintet YAST can actually trace their origins to when its founding members Carl Kolbaek-Jensen, Tobias Widman and Marcus Norberg met in the steel town Sandviken in 2007 and started writing and playing music in 2007 as a way to escape the possibility of a dreary life in even drearier environs. And by 2008, the trio of Jensen, Widman and Norberg relocated to Malmo, which over the years has developed a reputation as the home of a burgeoning dream pop and indie rock scene that has started to receive international attention. Some time later, Markus Johansson and Niklas Wennerstrand, who were both members of Aerial were recruited to flesh out the band’s sound.

With the release of their self-titled debut released in 2013, the Swedish quintet started to receive attention both in their native Sweden and internationally, and as a result they’ve opened for renowned psych rock acts including TOY, The Drums, Tame Impala, DIVV — and they’ve made appearances at several large festivals, along with a UK tour, which suggests that the band’s international profile is growing.

The Malmo, Sweden-based band’s soon-to-be released sophomore album My Dreams Did Finally Come True is slated for a September 18 release through Adrian Recordings and the album’s second single “Together Forever” is comprised of shimming guitar chords played through reverb, swirling and atmospheric synths, four-on-the-floor drumming, a sinuous bass line and a gorgeous guitar solo paired with plaintive vocals to craft a song that swoons with a youthful and urgent Romanticism — while simultaneously managing to sound as though it was recorded during the 120 Minutes era.

 
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