Swedish duo Grapell (Emil Erstrand, Nils Nygårdh) released their debut album Crier last year, a record that established them as Sweden’s primary purveyors of slick, cowboy soul rock music. A tender, open-hearted winter single, Snowflakes, followed that record as a kind of postscript, and now they’re back with a follow-up. A new EP, Sucker, is out in December, and we’ve got the first listen of the first single, Money, for you right here today.
Money wears its louche, lazy groove lightly, with a crackling guitar line and woozy organs gradually sashaying the song into its rhythm. Musically, it’s a gorgeous blend of rock, country and outlaw gospel and that gives Erstand the platform to stretch his wings vocally. He’s a performative singer, with the ability and range to really dominate the song, and his vocal charisma fills the song with soul and heart. There’s a little more rock’n’roll swagger to this song than some of their other work, that gives it a bluesy, troubadour charm. Check it and a Q’n’A with the band out below.
Ok, introduce us to your new single.
When did the writing process for Money and the songs on the new EP start?
There’s a more rocky, exuberant sound to this single, maybe more so than on Crier. Do you think it’s an indicator of where your sound is headed on the new release?
It’s part of your new EP, Sucker. Does Sucker mark the start of a new, post-Crier era for Grapell?
And finally, tell us a little about Sucker. Does the title indicate that it’s maybe a little more cynical thematically than the romantic Crier?