One of the many accomplished indie pop bands in Sweden in the 2000s, Gothenberg's Sambassadeur make beautifully wistful, hazy music along the lines of the Go-Betweens, Belle & Sebastian, and the Magnetic Fields -- all of whom the band cites as influences, along with more left-field choices like Wire and France Gall. Sambassadeur formed in fall 2003, when guitarist/songwriter Joachim LÃ¤ckberg, vocalist/guitarist Anna Persson, and guitarist/vocalist Daniel Permbo were all studying in the town of SkÃ¶vde; after getting together for an impromptu recording session one evening, the trio members wrote their first song, "There You Go." Soon after, bassist Daniel TolergÃ¥rd joined Sambassadeur and their lineup was complete. The following spring, the band began playing live (with a CD of prerecorded beats taking care of drums duty). Sambassadeur relocated to Gothenburg and issued two self-released CDs and a 7" on Dolores before signing to Labrador late in 2004. Released in 2005, the Between the Lines EP was their debut release for the label; that spring, Sambassadeur signed to AC30 to distribute their music in the U.K., and played their first date in London. Summer 2005 saw the release of their official self-titled debut album, along with more touring in Sweden and the U.K. In 2006, the Coastal Affairs EP arrived; one of its songs, "Kate," was featured in a commercial for Payless Shoes in the U.S. that summer. ~ Heather PharesPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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