If you’ve been following JOVM for the last couple of months you may be familiar with the Stockholm, Sweden-based indie rock/indie pop act Caviare Days. The band initially started out as the recording project of founding members and siblings Lina and Maja Westin, but the sibling duo eventually expanded to a quintet when Timmy Grim (drums), Boris Grubesic (guitar) and Marcus Arborelius (keys, synthesizer bass) and spent some time in Brooklyn before relocating back to their homeland.
Over the last couple of years, the Swedish quintet have received quite a bit of attention internationally — they’ve appeared on BBC Introducing, toured and recorded in Germany, and took part in a collaboration with The Soundtrack of Our Lives’ Ebbot Lundberg, which was released to critical praise across Europe, and followed that up with a Scandinavian tour, opening for Lundberg’s band. Their most recent release, Like Me was produced by Gordon Raphael, best known for his work with The Strokes and Regina Spektor, and Matts Björke, best known for his work with Mando Diao reportedly had the band capturing their live sound while simultaneously channeling the sound of 90s alternative rock. Whereas the EP’s title track brought to mind PJ Harvey, shoegaze and Brit pop, the EP’s last single “Great Minds” consists of menacingly buzzing guitar chords, staccato organ chords, and the Westin sisters seductive vocals to create a bluesy, shuffle that’s reminiscent of Alanis Morissette but with a stoner rock feel.
Interestingly, the single may arguably be the most seductive song they’ve released to date, as the song’s narrator describes her lover’s love as a drink of water from an oasis after wandering around a desert, and as a result the desire within the song is palpable and urgent.