Logh – The Contractor and the Assassin EP

The Contractor and the Assassin EP

It hasn’t seemed like long since Sweden’s Logh got some US recognition for its Deep Elm release, Every Time a Bell Rings an Angel Gets its Wings, but this band has been playing in Sweden since 1995, and its follow-up effort, The Raging Sun was really a more fully realized effort. On the heels of that fine full-length, Bad Taste Records has released a little teaser EP, with one track from that release and four others, which nicely show off the band’s current sound.

And that sound is, oddly enough, extremely American. In fact, it feels like mid-west emo to me, invoking comparisons to Waxwing and Casket Lottery. That’s not a bad sound: the music is crisp and enveloping, the lyrics (sung in English) are impassioned and strong. Producer John Congleton (of the Paper Chase) brought out the most from the band on The Raging Sun, but the band members do a fine job themselves on the other tracks here. The only strange thing is that the three non-album tracks here are instrumentals, taking away from the strong and unique vocals of singer Mattias Friberg.

The dark and ominous tone to the title track (from Sun) is a nice lead-in to this band’s sound, with the melodic guitars and low-end bass fitting Friberg’s Rocky Votolato-esque vocals. “The King of Romania” starts off with this gorgeous guitar and light, cymbal-led percussion, and the whole instrumental is just this fine little laid-back gem that nicely breaks up the EP. And it leads nicely into the dark, reverberating “NoFo,” which again, oddly enough, is an instrumental. The closing “Wildcard” is a great track, filled with strong guitar, low-end bass, and a more rocking tempo.

I suspect this EP is a move to refocus attention on Logh’s full-length release, and the album was so good that it deserves renewed attention. But it should be noted that the other tracks here are strong in their own right, and they really show a band continuing to develop its sound. I only wish they were more fully developed, with vocals to help flesh out the sound. While I’ve pointed out the comparisons to Waxwing a few times, the non-album tracks show more of a unique flair that I expect to see even more of on the next release.