HATER – ” Sincere ” Best Albums Of 2022

Posted: March 4, 2022 in MUSIC

A reawakening for the Swedish visionaries, “Sincere” solidifies their impressive trajectory in a fuzzed out haze of dark and arresting shoegaze pop. An expansive trip through noisier, bittersweet pop realms that recalls My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive and Deerhunter. From mesmerizing opener “Something” on, the third album from Swedish four-piece Hater deftly melds dream-pop, post-punk and shoegaze sounds, beckoning the listener into a haze of slurred guitars and Caroline Landahl’s self-assured vocals. Hater are as adept at slowing things to a woozy crawl (“Proven Wrong”) as they are at locking into full-speed-ahead grooves (“Far From a Mind”) or wandering into psychedelic abstraction (“Summer Turns to Heartburn”), maintaining their dedication to winding melody all the while. “Sincere” is both soothing and invigorating in the space of each of its nine tracks, a dreamscape that redefines what Hater are capable of.

Underpinning everything there’s a continuing sense of drama throughout; richly textured crescendos, chiming guitars and delicate melodies are guided by Caroline Landahl’s tender yet sharpened vocals. “Sincere” is joyously effervescent, but with a dark underbelly where fury manifests in a swirl of entrancing and propulsive percussion.

A gorgeous and dazzling piece of aching romanticism, destined to feature on a thousand mixtapes.

Recorded last year in Malmö, Hater welcomed two new band members and those early day sparks saw them quickly turning demos into fully-formed new songs that appear on the record. “Sincere” was produced by long-time collaborator Joakim Lindberg and was mixed and mastered by John Cornfield, whose credits include Ride, The Stone Roses and Robert Plant.

The Swedish band Hater made an impression in 2018 with the dreamy “Siesta”, but the now released and somewhat firmer “Sincere” should definitely put the band from Malmö on the map. It has been almost four years since I first got acquainted with the music of Hater, who on “Siesta” recalled the heyday of The Sundays. On “Sincere“, the band around singer Caroline Landahl welcomed two new members and they have given the music of this Swedish band a strong impulse. Hater’s music sounds a bit heavier and firmer on “Sincere“, but it has not been at the expense of the melodic character of the band’s music. The guitar work on the album is beautiful and the rhythm section also impresses, but the star of the band remains Caroline Landahl. “Siesta” was a fantastic album, but “Sincere” is even better.

Hater reveal new upcoming album ‘Sincere’ out 6th May

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