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The Amazing, 'Safe Island'

February 19, 2015 5:27 PM
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It's easy to use hyperbolic adjectives when describing songs like "Safe Harbor." The Amazing crafts a sound that's huge, sprawling, immense and so on, but words aren't worth much when you're confronted with a song this enveloping. Picture You, the Swedish band's third album, touches on the psych-rock guitarist Reine Fiske previously made with Dungen, but The Amazing ventures further, dipping its toes into shoegaze and psychedelia without drowning in era-specific signifiers.

In "Safe Harbor," Christoffer Gunrup's voice is so bathed in effects that it's nearly impossible to decipher what he's singing about. Instead, you're left with a shapeless quality that's both beautiful and immensely sad, all before the song dissolves into a feedback-driven coda.

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