When I finally got a chance to sit down and listen to the latest release of La Mer, well let’s just say that I couldn’t stay seated. The enticing project maintains a subtle sixties surfer tone to it, yet emanates a dreamy avant-garde vibe with a sharpe indie-pop edge to it.
The project truly has a unique, and meditative quality to it.
La Mer was formed spontaneously one late evening playing in the underground club, The Owl, in the small picturesque fairytale town of Vadstena, Sweden. Their debut single ‘La mer’ is about a car ride down a long and lonesome highway, a murder, and the ocean.
Influenced by artists such as Angel Olsen, Ducktails, Pixies, Moldy Peaches and Tomorrow’s tulips – La Mer is the brainchild of Sofia Ek and Johan Karlsson, who recorded “Right here, right here, right here” with 90’s legend Jörgen Wärnström of Cloudberry Jam.
Indeed, Sofia and Johan exhibit introspective lyrical content that takes the listener on a long and dusty journey through the wastelands of psychedelia.2