This is the story of a Swedish band that employed a wolf named Ylva.
Ylva, of course, is the inanimate star of the band’s album-length video sampler of third album Flora, which, aside from being viewable at the end of this article, is also a great introduction to this exciting trio. Lead by Fredrik Hultin, the group has taken a very DIY approach to just about everything it does, whether recording all its albums in a garden-turned-recording studio or doing ungodly amounts of stop-animation for its self-produced music videos. All of these aspects, however, fail to mention that the group’s ghostly, haunting spin on indie rock is still the main draw. Sad cowbells open into canyons of sound, rock guitars sputter and start at dynamic intervals—all done while the group keeps a firm eye on what a solid melody is, which is why the band is only now starting to emerge as a Stateside player.
As part of the group’s world domination plans, Hultin himself sat down to answer PopMatters’ famed 20 Questions, and his illuminating replies provide great insight on how to pass along advice, what the Swedish winter does to your blood, and the joys of singing to your morning coffee . . .