They areIndie/Pop/Shoegaze and here's how they describe themselves:
Sad Day For Puppets was formed in 2006 in Blackeberg, a suburb to Stockholm (Sweden), by Martin Källholm, guitarist and songwriter. The natural focal point of the band is singer Anna Eklund, in its turn leaning on Marcus Sandgren's ringing and fuzzy chords. Most of the band's influences can be traced back to the early nineties, when they all were teenagers. This period has made it’s mark on the band. The guitars are once again allowed to roam free and shine. The music is all about shimmering layers of guitars, intertwined feedback melodies all dreamy and grand and sad, and ethereal harmony vocals. The band started working on the debut album as soon as “Just Like a Ghost EP” (April 2008) was out, and this time the guitars have an even more prominent place in the overall sound. There's guitar feedback, fuzzy distortion and big harmonies working as a fond (?) for the voice of Anna.
Sad Day For Puppets' second album 'Pale Silver & Shiny Gold' was released on September 6, and if course I bought it straightaway.
It has had some great reviews already - four stars in Uncut and lashings of praise in NME, who said that the band "gleefully flit between serene balladry and ear-fracturing noise for their not-so-difficult second album". Music Week went one better and described it as "one of 2010's foremost indie underground hits".
If you like walls of swirling guitars interspersed with fragile female vocals, this is for you.
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OK, so fans may be aware of this song already as it's been floating around on the net for a while, plus the new album by The Best Band In Sweden™, Sad Day For Puppets is already available in Japan. Clearly a country that knows good music when they hear it. In the lead-up to the European release of 'Come Closer' the band have decided to post this official stream of 'Human Heart' on their website to whet our appetites. And this is something it does in some style. There are many sides to SDFP, they do delicate acoustic tracks with more magic than most, they do blistering, guitar-fuelled shoegaze with the best that have existed, but they also never fail to come up with breathtakingly beautiful melodies to go with everything they do. 'Human Heart' is at the poppier end of the band's spectrum but it's simply glorious and, as ever, those spine-tingling vocals are enough to give anyone goosebumps. A contender for song of the year.