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    Fri, 03 Feb 2012 14:36:13

    We Are Serenades to Release "Criminal Heaven" on April 17 - They are a duo from Sweden

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    • Shout Out Louds - BERLIN - MARCH 25:  Lead singer and guitarist Adam Olenius of the Swedish rock band Shout Out Louds performs live during a concert at the Astra-Kulturhaus on March 25, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. The concert is part of the tour 2010 to promote the album 'Work'.
    • Shout Out Louds - BERLIN - MARCH 25:  Lead singer and guitarist Adam Olenius of the Swedish rock band Shout Out Louds performs live during a concert at the Astra-Kulturhaus on March 25, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. The concert is part of the tour 2010 to promote the album 'Work'.
    • Shout Out Louds - BERLIN - MARCH 25:  Lead singer and guitarist Adam Olenius of the Swedish rock band Shout Out Louds performs live during a concert at the Astra-Kulturhaus on March 25, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. The concert is part of the tour 2010 to promote the album 'Work'.

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    Stockholm, Sweden's newest dynamic duo, We Are Serenades (formerly Serenades), are set to release their debut album, Criminal Heaven, on Cherrytree Records/Interscope on April 17.

    We Are Serenades are the musical pairing of Adam Olenius (Shout Out Louds) and Markus Krunegard (Laakso), two of Sweden's most highly-regarded songwriters. Singing together at all times to create a seamless, singular "third voice," We Are Serenades create effortlessly stunning, indie pop bliss. Watch the video for the album's brilliant first single, "Birds," by going here.



    The story of We Are Serenades reads a bit like a love affair. A chance meeting between two charismatic leaders of two traveling packs of musicians, stealing glances on the sly at a truck stop somewhere along the Autobahn. A short and shy conversation, sweetly cramped by mutual admiration, and the first ice was broken. Back home in Stockholm, frequent run-in's, in clubs and in bars, caused the duo to finally become friends, eventually deciding to play music together.

    Songwriting happened within a pre-agreed-upon structure. "We set something like a dogma to follow," is how the band explains it. "We focused on repetitiveness, both of us singing at the same time, a bombastic, walkable beat." Songs grew from there, all constructed according to the gospel of Markus and Adam. The resulting album is one of the damn finest collections of sweet pop exuberance you'll hear in 2012.

    Woozy, bleached out and dizzyingly fresh, Criminal Heaven takes us to the celestial kingdom… of sorts.

    We Are Serenades will be coming Stateside to play a full US tour this May.

    Did you like "Birds?"

    —Amy Sciarretto
    02.03.12



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