Brine

Story vs. Plot

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Scandinavian countries love American-British underground rock. Those with taste in imports have garnered a slew of Nordic garage and power pop for years, a tide of strong (amazingly) English-singing outfits, of which the Hives are but a tip of an Arctic-cooled iceberg. And for three LPs now, this coastal Gothenburg-by-way-of-Stockholm Swedish collective has shown that appreciation of our art-noise vanguard is active there as well. Davor Abazovic sings like the smart-guy deadpan spawn of Lou Reed, Jonathan Richman, and Tom Verlaine, as his group adroitly coalesces those legends' old bands into elements of American '90s indie rock and chilly post-rock. At its heart, Story revels in the continual clash of its sparse guitar strums and post-Chairs Missing and 154 Wire, with dalliances and teases toward a harsher, more abrasive textural assault, barely restrained.

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