Endless press has been given to certain aspects of the Swedish music scene in recent years. Pop sirens Lykke Li and Robyn have hit the big time in the States and beyond, and the world waits with baited breath for The Knife to once again blow minds and shatter souls with their ingenious brand of electronic weirdness. What about rock, then? Jeniferever
gets its name from a portmanteau of an early Smashing Pumpkins song and has been releasing atmospheric rock for a decade, yet has remained largely under the radar in America as a cult sensation.
The danger of running out of ways to build up to a riveting, powerful crescendo is ever-present in the post-rock genre, with some acts running out of steam. While never a purely post-rock quartet, Jeniferever has shed its more ambient stylings on their third album, Silesia. The vocals of frontman Kristofer Jönson are at the forefront more than ever with a soothing somberness that complements the melodies, which are still largely slow-burners. It’s a combination that recalls the early days of Death Cab for Cutie.
With its 52 minutes consisting of just nine tracks, Jeniferever still favors long songs despite their more accessible sound. “Deception Pass” is actually the shortest track on the album, using more straightforward rock to build up to the album’s most memorable post-rock crescendo. The nine-plus-minute closer, “Hearths”, on the other hand, meanders for too long and ends without payoff. Silesia is certainly a pleasant listening experience but not quite a memorable one, stopping just short of developing its own unique personality.