Christmas came early for me this year in the form of eas/Svart Bröllop. Though Sweden's been blessed with several great new bands who sing in their native tongue lately (Hästpojken, Pascal for instance) my heart beat a little faster when I first heard Kärlek Gjord Av Hat, the debut album of eas/Svart Bröllop. Could the reign of Kent, Sweden's probably only contemporary super group be - perhaps not over - but at least challenged Comparing them to Kent isn't completely fair though. Firstly, eas/Svart Bröllop are more adventurous in their sound, mixing pop, punk, rock, electro and even reggae. Secondly they remind me more of the great Swedish bands of the 80's - Imperiet, Ebba Grön - along with more internationally known bands as Depeche Mode and The Clash thanks to the rhythmic guitars and dark synthesisers. So yes, their sound is very retro but not with going overboard. The first single of the album, "Ung och Döende" was released earlier this year and had the highest rotation on several radio stations. Hopefully the second single "Två" will make an even bigger splash. Needless to say, this album has nestled it's way firmly into my heart. 2008 is nearing its end but I sincerely hope that 2009 will be the year for eas/Svart Bröllop as Kärlek Gjord Av Hat doesn't have one single dud on it. "Stationer" and "(Pasamos Por La) Diagonal" are my current highlights but the whole album is a gem. The only thing I can think to complain about are the female vocals featured on a few tracks. They're too weak and anonymous and don't reach the effect they would if sung by someone with a fuller voice. Other than that, this is pretty damn close to perfection.