Those Dancing Days – Daydreams and Nightmares

January 01, 1970



It’s a shame Daydreams and Nightmares isn’t better.
On its debut, Those Dancing Days made a strong case for the throne of Swedish
indie-pop royalty once The Concretes crumbled. (Live Concretes review can be
found here.) “Hitten” closed the deal. An upbeat jangler with a unique hook:
the soulful sincerity of singer Linnea Jönsson’s delivery.


With everything intact for the sophomore outing, something’s still
missing. Or something’s in the way. Daydreams and Nightmares is, as
promised, a little darker. Eschewing the chances of another music video
choreographed by teenagers with a thing for Keds, the dour atmosphere seems
determined to convince us that TDD has grown up. “Reaching Forward” bears more
resemblance to labelmates Bloc Party than Club 8. Furious, tribal beats, and
slicing chunks of guitar dominate, but Jönsson’s lost amidst it all. She sounds
tentative and removed. But not intentionally disaffected; that could’ve been
intentionally cool. Maybe she’s just bored.


It’s easy to share the sentiment. The majority of the songs
lack…oomph. “I’ll Be Yours” comes close. Its summery bass line and swirling
chorus of high-note synths and shimmering guitar momentarily distract. Then
it’s back to the churn of wide-eyed poetry and tossed-off choruses. There’s
probably a clever adage about wanting to be older when you’re young, and then
vice-versa. Let’s hope that means better things are to come for Those Dancing
Days, when they really do grow up, and get some youth back.



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