The Legends, ‘Over and Over’ (Labrador/Caroline)
No one does depression like the Swedes, except maybe for the Brits of yore. Stockholm’s Johan Angergård tries to master his pain by paying tribute to the U.K. gloom-pop heroes who soundtracked his childhood: Applying shrieking guitar feedback to spun-sugar melodies like razor blades cutting across smooth teenage skin, he exaggerates the Jesus and Mary Chain extremes of “Seconds Away,” a love song to the antidepressant Tryptizol. Song after song, he slices away at his sadness until the clouds lift and a glockenspiel twinkles. The effect is so not corny.