Lykke Li is probably still at the top of the table for ‘making music that makes misery sound beautiful’, but Hater have been running her hard over the past couple of years for the title. The four-piece are back with a new album, Siesta, this autumn, and new single It’s So Easy is the first track out of the gates. In many ways, it’s a vintage Hater song – pretty jangling guitars, and a heartbruised sense of soul from Caroline Landahl’s pained-perfect vocal. They’ve added a little synth to the mix this time, but importantly, the freshening up doesn’t feel forced. Hater’s unique musical identity is what makes their music special, and It’s So Easy is unmistakably a Hater song. Siesta arrives in late September, and they play Debaser in October.
Hater, Debaser Strand, Oct 13
Photo: Kamila Schneltser