The Amazing: Picture You (Partisan) Review | Under the Radar - Music Magazine
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The Amazing

Picture You

Partisan

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The Amazing's last album was entitled Gentle Stream, and that title evokes the Swedish group's aural aesthetic reasonably well. Their sound is unhurried, detailed, and most of all, incredibly beautiful. Picture You, the band's excellent new album, succeeds because like Gentle Stream, the songs are built on a foundation of swirling, intertwining guitars, and unlike anything before it, they explore a myriad of new directions.

Among these explorations are Nick Drake-esque folk ("The Headless Boy"), psychedelic breakdown à la Tame Impala ("Fryshusfunk"), and perhaps most excitingly, squalls of noisy feedback (the outro of "Safe Island"). The exploratory attitude present throughout Picture You's entire running time gives The Amazing an expanded, three-dimensional appeal. Of course, it's not all experimentation: "Circles" is rather straightforward but exceedingly beautiful, as is opener "Broken." The almost-10-minute title track is elaborate and takes the listener on a calming, but interesting guitar odyssey.

Interestingly, The Amazing's output is starting to resemble a more psychedelic, Scandinavian cousin to that of Philadelphia's resident guitar-playing slacker, Kurt Vile. Both acts create music that takes its own pace and explores the guitar's ability to envelop and surround the listener. Here's hoping Picture You brings The Amazing the attention they deserve. (www.theamazing.se)

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