Gothenburg-based duo’s new single is a synthy psych-pop daydream.

We don’t have favourites here at Fuzz Club but last year’s Parallel Universes, the debut album from transatlantic husband and wife duo Routine Death was something pretty damn special. Luckily for us, the band are back already and sharing a sublime new cut ahead of a run of shows with Wooden Shjips. You can stream ‘Stay’ below.

Comprised of Holy Wave bassist Dustin Zozaya, then living in Austin, and his Gothenburg-based partner Lisa, Parallel Universes dealt in a bewitching lo-fi noise pop that sounded like the musical lovechild of Broadcast and Slowdive played through a decrepit cassette player. With Dustin now based in Gothenburg and a live band in tow, ‘Stay’ marks a new chapter for the band: though still lo-fi as hell, the track is a washed-out psych-pop daydream made up of luscious synths, bewitching vocals and chorus-soaked guitars.


Talking about the track, and revealing plans for the band’s second record, Dustin explains: “‘Stay’ was one of the first songs recorded during the sessions for our next album. It’s more synth heavy, and more focused in a way. The thought was to step away from creating a blanket with noise and towards creating more of a cushion of chords.” On the story behind the track, Lisa states that “it’s about that feeling you get when you’re waiting for something and you just want your everyday life to end so you can have that thing, but you realise that you’re wishing your life away and you need to live in the moment instead of living for the goal.”

Parallel Universes already saw the band pick up a fast-growing reputation in the European underground but with their next album in the works and the drafting of a live band, it’s clear that they’re only just getting started.

You can find the band’s tour-dates with Wooden Shjips below, as well as a link to pick up a vinyl copy of their debut album if you’re yet to get your hands on one.


Dates with Wooden Shjips

07/03 – Gothenburg – Pustervik

08/03 – Stockholm – Slaktkyrkan

09/03 – Malmö – Plan B