Finland’s Cats Of Transnistria have emerged from the undercurrents of their usual, breathtaking slowcore with a relatively lighter, pacier offering, simply entitled ‘Love’.

Tuomas Alatalo’s anxious, stripped-back guitar rhythm provides the only solid foothold here, as slowly, layer on layer of Henna Hietamäki’s siren vocals pull us out, to sink deep down to somewhere only she’s been. ‘Love’ beautifully depicts its subject musically and lyrically, playing on its unattainability and treachery and the illusion of love.

This is the leading track from Cats Of Transnistria’s second album. The addition of Sanna Komi’s subtle violin textures greatly broadens the scope of their sound, recalling the spectral arrangements of late 80’s 4AD bands like This Mortal Coil and His Name Is Alive. The album won’t emerge until the long dark of winter, the perfect seasonal backdrop to the Cats’ new songs, but you can stream ‘Love’ now, below.

Photo by Heta Saukkonen

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