mp3: Sambassadeur "Days"
Eighteen seconds before the song is scheduled to end, the soulful drum rolls and piano lines fall away, leaving only the strings of a chamber pop orchestra. Anna Perrson sings in English with her lilting Swedish accent: "I don't care how it happened/Always have time for an old friend/I just have to know that you're coming back again." It's a surprising coda to a song that has been building to the big finish for the previous two minutes. Traditionally, this thing should end with a massive swell of strings and cymbals crashes and drum rolls. Instead, we left hanging in a moment that is, surprisingly, not unsatisfying. All those geniuses in Gothenburg are just running up the score on our meager indie pop scene.