Fredrik Karlsson and Anja Linna are the Swedish pair that make up Solander. Formed in 2009, the duo have previously released two albums, Since We Are Pigeon (2009) and Passing Mt. Satu (2011). Following the success of these records, Solander has made countless appearances throughout their native Sweden as well as performing at the 2012 SXSW Festival in Austin, TX. “The Woods Are Gone” is the second single off the anticipated Monochromatic Memories, and joins previously release, “All Opportunities” as an equal display of the band’s talent of mixing sensitive folk with stunning resolve.
“The Woods Are Gone” opens with same tender chords as its outro; almost as if Karlsson’s haunting guitar is the transparent specter in the cyclical nature of existence. The track breaks away to a lush landscape of infinite strings and the hoofed pitter-patter of Linna’s doe- like beat. Eventually, the drums are rendered powerless by the wavering delicacy in Karlsson’s voice; an aimed and splintered rifle loaded with rounds of Conor Oberst that leaves behind fresh sprigs of folksy solitude and trembling lyricism in its poignant trajectory.
Monochromatic Memories will be released through A Tenderversion Recording on February 4th. In the meantime, be sure to wear an extra layer as while listening to the chilling “The Woods Are Gone” below.