Huh, must have missed this one, up last week sometime at Blurt.
THE LATE CALL
Pale Morning Light
Johannes Mayer, the Swedish artist who has recorded three albums as The Late Call, has a deceptively simple way with melody and arrangement, couching tetchy uncomfortable sentiment in the jingliest, breeziest of instrumental terms. His super clean guitar work has the lightness and sway of beachside bossa nova, and only his voice, clear and high but cross-hatched with shadowy scratches hints at the downbeat subject matters. These are summery, pretty, ephemeral songs about loss, obsessive love, anxiety and futility.