Simian Ghost – Automation
Dream pop is great isn’t it? Especially for this time of year, when summer dusk makes its slow march on winter nights. It’s the perfect genre for walking around empty streets trying to find meaning in life, and going round and round till the music stops. Other times it’s just nice to have a soundtrack. Whatever the case, Simian Ghost fill my dream pop needs.
Simian Ghost is the project of Sebastian Arnström, and it’s typical Scandinavian pop. They released their second record, Youth, about tow months ago, and apparently they’re the first Swedish band since ABBA to get a lead review in the Times, so go check it out!
Automation is a dreamy pop record. Although following a similar pattern to most kitchen sink girl-fronted indie pop, a la Allo Darlin‘, it is layered in reverb and accented with twinkly synths and staccato backing vocals. Arnström’s soft vocals are enveloped by the shimmering soundscape, but this not so much as to hide the excellent catchy song writing at the heart of the song. Automation leads you gently along then falls down into hazy bass synths and more dreamy reverb making the track perfect for a summer evening.