In a post-shoegaze world where blistering guitar riffs are replaced with ambient synths, a new genre is born—dream pop. While dream pop appears to be the buzzword of the year, few artists seem to have mastered the sound quite like Swedish band The Mary Onettes. Barely allowing the tide to recede on their well received album “Hit The Waves,” the boys follow up with a mini-LP titled “Portico” released on Labrador Records, and premiered exclusively on VMAN.COM today, February 28th, 2014. The cohesive and refined LP could find you drifting into day dreams with just a single listen. Personal favorite “Bells For Strangers” could be the slow dance to any 21st-century prom with its artful ability to bring a certain warmth to a frigid space. In truth, “Portico” is a terrible tease of summer days while most of us bundle up to brace the cold.
The band hits SXSW in the following weeks and then begin an overdue U.S. tour. To sneak a peak of what you might catch on tour, check out this exclusive acoustic performance of "Evil Coast" we captured this time last year here.