The Windupdeads

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The Windupdeads – “The End”

Despite the fact that I could not identify Sweden on a map to save my life (it’s somewhere above Holland, right?), I do know that that peace-loving little country has given the world some of its most valued treasures. Sweden created the great minds behind the Nobel Prizes, Absolut Vodka and the Volvo. And sometime in the late 1970s, it gave birth to the guys that got together last summer to form the up-and-coming four piece The Windupdeads.

Made up of members Rickard Olsen, Marcus von Boisman, Jonas Westholm and Petter Ingman, The Windupdeads are a refreshingly smooth shot of foreign indie-rock, no chaser required. Intricate layers of piano, guitar and percussion set an emotional stage for passionate choruses that swell and fade and beautifully sung melancholic lyrics courtesy of Olsen’s God-given vocal chords.

The band’s diversity is best embodied in the songs “Reverse of Shade” and “Wide Open Windows.” While “Reverse of Shade” derives its irresistible emotional impact from a flowing chorus and comparatively upbeat sound, “Wide Open Windows” exists almost solely to exhibit Olsen’s earnest and haunting voice. For six captivating minutes, Olsen artfully laments, “No, I won’t do this / No way, not like this/ No, I won’t do this / There’s nothing for me here.”

With recognition from Paste magazine, which placed “The End” on its August sampler, and the release of their self-titled debut album slated for next Tuesday, The Windupdeads are poised to forgo their Swedish obscurity in favor of an inevitable mainstream following.

You can’t drink them or drive them, but let’s admit it: The Windupdeads might just be the best thing to come out of Sweden since IKEA.

—By Asst Entertainment Editor Franchesca Winters

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