As for the current tour, it's a different musical climate from the one that greeted her the last time she brought her high-concept spirituality to the states. UK acts like Major Lazer and La Roux have thoroughly eclipsed Dungen and the Knife, and Lykke Li is writing songs for the Twilight movies. (It's no wonder Jens Lekman has decamped to Australia.) But if the salad days of Swedish indie rock seem to have passed, Assbring's continued pursuit of her dreamy, half-haunted vision is nonetheless reason to hope that though Peter, Bjorn, and that other guy are long gone, Swedish pop shall rise again.
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