SvenSson is a French musician (not Scandinavian as I originally thought) who plays pop music firmly rooted in the tradition of French noir. Perdition is not a new release as it came out in 2006 although I just recently received a copy to review. Finding information was a little difficult as SvenSson's website is in French and unfortunately I am unfamiliar with the language. There is a somberness at work throughout these eleven songs. Imagine if you will the atmospheric approach of Joy Division combined with the guitar melodies of Lloyd Cole and the vocal delivery of Leonard Cohen. SvenSson has a laid back vocal delivery with a style that is more akin to speaking than singing. His voice is easy to listen to as it has a deep rich tone but does not vary very much throughout the album which was a slight problem for me. If I would have been able to understand the French lyrics this probably would not have been as much of a hindrance.
The songs lean towards dreamy atmospherics sometimes veering towards the gloomy end of the spectrum. The guitar melodies often resonate dissonant textures that keeps this music from being overly commercial, as some pop music is apt to be. Many songs feature the addition of strings creating a lush background of sound. This is a pleasing enough listen although not one song jumped out at me. Highlights include the dark tinged pop of "Vienne", a sparsely arranged number with Violent Femmes' style drum work and the mid tempo groove of "Ô" where dense chord structures and light piano add colour to the arrangement.
If you like the previously mentioned artists and can live with French vocals delivered in a talking style you may want to give Perdition a try. As for me, well… it still has some growing to do.
3. Fucking Shit
10. Tout L'Or Du Monde
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