On The Cinnamon performs pop music with melodic ease. Their sound is clear and clean, but never intrudes upon you: they sweeten and heat you up at the same time.
However, cotton-soft sensibility is not the only mood evoked in the Umeå quartet’s debut album: a noticeable temperament flows through all of the nine songs. The group’s style conveys, and emphasizes, the tension that arise between caution and forward movement.
It should be said: On The Cinnamon is a sensitive, tightly cooperative band. Jonas Lindsköld is the undesputed leader figure, being the singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. But his compositions and peacefully, restrained voice is embedded in a congenial way by the nuanced accompaniment from the other members. Per Ericson’s inventive guitar playing fills out the sound, while Kristoffer Fredrikssons drums and Patrik Ågrens base gives speed and shape to the whole.
You can hear that the recording process originates from safeguarding an unconstrained live sound. No parts have been polished down to anonymity, no nifty overproduced tricks challenge the listener’s patience. Yet you have a balanced and vibrant record, safely held together by delicate harmonies and timbres.
Additionally, the record raises historic, musical associations of extremely agreeable kind: “Crumbles” alludes to Simon & Garfunkel’s more bittersweet moments. “Indecency ” is an excellent piece of hazy Americana-pop, right in the neighborhood of Beachwood Sparks. “Hibernates” sends out minor altcountry-vibes and elsewhere you can sense a long-distance relationship with Neil Young’s earliest solo work. Jonas Lindsköld’s vocal style and diction lies, consciously or not, close to the timid and grayed indie represented by The Clientele.
But other interpretations and references are of course possible – On The Cinnamon doesn’t impose their ideas on the listener at any moment. What the band is doing, however, is creating its own imprint with tools that are well known. And that is certainly admirable in itself.
Henrik Lång, music reviewer
Umeå, March 27, 2014
released May 3, 2014
1. Crumbles (3:13)
2. On Their Last Day Together (4:51)
3. 71 Steps (4:02)
4. Seas Of The Sun (2:33)
5. Hibernates (5:19)
6. Indecency (4:07)
7. When Are You Gonna Come Home (4:51)
8. She Leaves Work Early (6:31)
9. Traffic Lights (4:01)
ON THE CINNAMON
Jonas Lindsköld – Vocals/Guitar/Organ/Piano/Mellotron
Per Ericson – Lead guitar/Backing Vocals
Patrik Ågren – Bass/Backing vocals
Kristoffer Fredriksson – Drums/Percussion/Backing vocals
Songs written by: Jonas Lindsköld(c)2013
Produced by: On The Cinnamon
All songs recorded in Umeå, from June to August 2013
Recorded by: Stefan Bränberg, Jonas Lindsköld
and Per Ericson
Mixed by: Jonas Lindsköld at Cannelle Gramophone
Mastering: Mats ”Limpan” Lindfors at Cutting Room
Album photos by: David Dahlberg
Sleeve design by: Omnejden
Thanks to: Sofia, Elisabeth, Johanna and Signe, Elin and Uno, Stefan Bränberg, Niklas “RG” Gustafsson, Crystal Caravan, Henrik Lång and Nils Fredriksson at Klubb Lennart, Jonas Svedin, Fredrik Fagerlund and Lars Öhman at Scharinska, Anders, Michael and Göran at 4sound Umeå, Toontrack, Agneta and Bengt in Rödtjärn, Olle Berggren, David Dahlberg, Mikael and Therese at Omnejden, friends and families.
Thank you for buying this record.
(c) & (p) Cannelle Gramophone 2014.
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