I’d been looking forward to a new release by Cinnamon Space Machine for weeks, so much so that I was somewhat put out last Friday when the new song didn’t appear when I was expecting it – entirely my own fault for writing down the wrong date I suspect.
Thankfully the week has raced by in a blur of spring optimism, and new song ‘Stiria’ has now finally reached our ears, a very welcome return for the Swedish band who’ve been silent since their quite outstanding 2018 release ‘Captain’s Log’.
Many songs being released this year appear to have been inspired by the events in the last 12 months, and 'Stiria' to an extent is no exception, with the band contemplating the obsession with social media and in particular how we “foolishly share in our quest for confirmation”. That idea developed into a song about a mysterious young woman named 'Stiria', who is featured in the video which goes alongside the release.
I’ve always found Cinnamon Space Machine an interesting band, because their influences are so diverse, I suspect from Caravan to Cardiacs, and a huge range of bands in between from across the decades, and the indie spectrum.
But ‘Stiria’ is I guess a psych pop track of sorts, and despite the subject matter it’s actually an upbeat song musically, probably as ‘pop’ influenced as we’ll get with these guys, and I’m guessing the album will head down a slightly more leftfield route. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Anyway I’ve really enjoyed this today, and great to have them back. Inevitably it’s got me listening to some older material too. Check out the likes of ‘Aunt Norah’s Lullaby’, ’Wide Awake’ and ‘Marie the Believer’ if you haven’t come across them before.