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Bonefish: Atoms

Bonefish is a Swedish modern rock band hailing from Stockholm. They formed in 2010 and released their self-titled debut in 2014. In 2017 they released their sophomore effort Atoms. This is an interesting band melding Americana, folk-rock, indie rock and even blues into an artful sound that is really quite captivating. The mixture of different sounds ensures the music never gets boring which is unfortunately commonplace in today's rock music.

The album begins with the title track initially having a folk-rock sound, nice acoustic strumming, almost like a sea shanty, before building ever so slowly and developing into a near sweeping art rock style with soaring vocals and tasty melodies. "Another Day" is more rousing, just a solid rock song with a catchy chorus, floating keyboards and nice guitar work. With "Fallen In Love" a catchy groove and ethereal slide guitar with organ embellishments makes for another nice track. On "Salt and Chrome" the slow guitar soaked sound has some Neil Young influences, quite moody with a smart use of guitar feedback and sustain. "Old Town Fisherman Blues" and "Potential Loss of Faith" have a bluesy/Americana feel with the latter displaying some darker tones. "Hey Hi Ho" is another moody rocker featuring excellent lead guitar. The disc ends with "Crappy Eyes", a catchy slice of roots flavoured rock with excellent guitar rhythms urging the song forward in a most satisfying way.

Bonefish has been another nice discovery from Sweden. I really dig their well-crafted sound and strong singer/songwriter approach. Recommended.

The band consists of:
Bie Karlsson (lead vocals, guitars)
Anders Nylle Thoor (bass, lead vocals)
Matte Norberg (lead guitar, backing vocals)
Rasmus Rasmusson (drums, percussion, backing vocals)

Track Listing:
1. Atoms (4:11)
2. Another Day (3:43)
3. Fallen In Love (3:18)
4. Old Town Fisherman Blues (4:37)
5. Potential Loss of Faith (4:02)
6. Sister (3:56)
7. Kissing In The Rain (4:11)
8. I See Your Heart (3:43)
9. Hey Hi Ho (4:10)
10. Salt and Chrome (4:41)
11. Crappy Eyes (4:48)

Added: March 24th 2018
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band's Official Site
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Language: english

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Bonefish: Atoms
Posted by Steven Reid, SoT Staff Writer on 2018-03-24 08:57:59
My Score:

Having a reasonably simplistic band name, not particularly inspiring album title and a press sheet that depicts a dowdy looking bunch that appear to be, well, rather bored, doesn't exactly inspire confidence. Leaving the second album by said band, Bonefish, with said title, Atoms, by said dowdy looking bored chaps, to become a rather spiffing surprise. Is it power pop as the aforementioned press sheet suggests? I'm not sure. Atoms is poppy and it packs a powerful punch, but there are Americana, commercial rock and even some progressive themes here. In fact the introductory title cut even suggests a folk rock Marillion might just have entered the fray, as dreamy guitars play off soothing keyboard melodies and soaring vocals. It's quite a thrilling introduction, even if it is the only time this album ever sounds anything like this.

Instead "Another Day" seems to wind the clock back to the 80s, sharp guitar strikes and staccato vocals landing somewhere between INXS, Midnight Oil and Talking Heads. It's complex yet simplistic and again, it certainly catches the imagination. As does "Sister" and its ear snagging guitar lines which swoop in and expand upon a similar approach, with gently synthesized voice and a guitar tone that's somehow straight forward but still impossible to ignore. Factor in "Hey Hi Ho" pulling a more enigmatic and shimmering shape that wouldn't have been out of place as a slow scene changer on a recent Deep Purple album (which have been rather fantastic by the way) and the daringly named "Crappy Eyes", a howling swirl of pure pop-rock goodness, and you're left with an album that never stands still, but then neither does it stretch beyond its capabilities.

Vocally Bie Karlsson is more of talk-in-tune sort of singer, but it works for him and the material his band have created, while lead guitarist (Bie also plays guitar) Matte Norberg adds in some surprisingly tasty fret work. Allowing what could have otherwise been a solid, if unspectacular set of songs to never once lose the interest.

Expectations are funny things. Admittedly mine were low when approaching Bonefish and their Atoms, but even after having lived with this album long enough to allow that initial upswing of shock to wear off, this remains a collection of songs that delight and enthral at doing the simple things really well, while having the ability to really pull out the stops every once in a while.

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