Makthaverskan hails from Sweden and has been releasing music since 2008. III is the dream pop group’s third full-length studio album to be released over the years. From start to finish, III offers the listener a getaway into the layers of each song.
The opening track, “Vienna” is filled with plenty of drums and distorted guitar, making for a dreamy, beach-y feeling. On top of all the good musical aspects of this track, there are also lots of pretty vocals to really bring the entire track together. For anyone that hasn’t heard anything by Makthaverskan, this opening track does a great job of selling what the group has to offer.
“Leda” is the next track on the album and it is reminiscent of what would be expected from a post-punk album. The star quality of this track is the vocals because that is what really gets stuck on replay in the mind of the listener. Maja Milner has such a unique sound to her vocals that make it easy for Makthaverskan to stand out.
Up until the fifth track on the album, titled “To Say It as It Is,” Makthaverskan provided the listener with songs that are engaging to listen to through and through. This is not to say that “To Say It as It Is” isn’t a good track, it just doesn’t necessarily keep the attention of the listener the same way the previous tracks did. It is a slower track, which takes away from the fun, upbeat beach-y guitar that is featured on earlier tracks; however, the vocals are still enchanting and almost haunting on this track, which is still a great quality to have.
Makthaverskan gets back on the horse with the next track, “Eden.” Right off the bat, the drums make it nearly impossible to ignore the upbeat feel this track offers. The combination of the drums and the distortion of the voice make for a definite toe-tapper of a song that is hard to forget by the end of the album. This tends to be the case for the rest of the album. While there seems to be a common thread of sound throughout the album, each track stands out for small details that were added to each one.
Makthaverskan might only have three full-length studio albums released, but it feels as though they have been releasing music for decades due to their polished and unique sound.