Brine

Doran and Edith

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This Gothenburg, Sweden art rock troupe will soon release their fourth album, The Names, and if this teaser single (issued as a free download) is a microcosm, fans are in for a sea change. 2008's Story vs. Plot was angular and taut; 2010's The Necessary Links That Make Up Part EP was repetitive, noisy dissonance. Doran & Edith is surprisingly mellow, a soft pop crawl with gentle, twinkly guitar as quiet as Velvet Underground's "Pale Blue Eyes," and drums hit so softly that a cat could sleep next to the kit. Between, a couple croons sotto voce like a Scandinavian Scott Walker and Nancy Sinatra singing their baby to sleep. The flipside "Play [Brieba Remix]," apart from an interlude with Radiohead-ish noise and louder drums, is chamber-broody similar, with piano, dark shadows, and silence.