Swedish band IVANNA pull from many influences of the past, though bring a sound that is very much of the present. Released on the first day of 2017, Leaving Town is a collection of pop tracks that move through genre with dark lyrics and layers of melody.
Opening with the acoustic-pop track “Disease”, the album introduces IVANNA’s penchant for somber lyrics. “Disease” tells of struggle, and moves into “Fight Fire with Fire”, a more complex track that expands the atmosphere with piercing vocals.
“My Love” is the album highlight. A catchy, rolling track that speaks to the band’s admiration of Fleetwood Mac. “My Love” brings piano and slow growth behind repeated riffs and fast-paced lyrics. Good luck getting this one out of your head. After the ambiance-fuelled “Money” comes “Tuesday”, another pop tune with an addictive rise and piano ripple.
There are punches of many genres on the album, from the pop-punk vocals and nostalgic 50s swing of “The Broadway Show” to the country-infused intro of “Stalker”. The latter swells into something more delicate, a stark juxtaposition to the lyrics — which are from the point of view of a stalker. Leaving Town closes with the most atmospheric track on the album. “The City” breaks open slowly, revealing the band’s potential for creating a mood, before finishing the album completely.