On their second EP for Meritorio, Swedish outfit Stephen’s Shore find comfort in the melancholy moments. Between linen covered jangles, the band captures a faded form of indie pop — not as stylistic as some of their West Coast US counterparts, not as brash as the UK stalwarts finding solace in Sarah. There’s an ‘80s indie rosy glow to songs like the opener, “Ocean’s Calling,” an almost country twang to the guitars in “Carefree Tyme,” but the vocals are lacquered with the kind of beautifully sighed sanguine feeling that’s made Real Estate a household name and held up recent acolytes like Mt. Misery. For the moment Stephen’s Shore seem to be flying a bit under the radar, but I have a feeling that moment might be only fleeting. Get into this EP and their previous one for the label, you won’t regret it.
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