Serein (song)

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"Serein"
Single by Katatonia
from the album The Fall of Hearts
Released10 May 2016 (2016-05-10)
Recorded2015
Studio Studio Gröndahl, Tri-lamb studio, Stockholm [1]
Genre Progressive rock [2]
Length4:46
Label Peaceville
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Renkse, Nystrom [3]
Katatonia singles chronology
"Old Heart Falls"
(2016)
"Serein"
(2016)
"Lacquer"
(2020)

"Serein" is a song by Swedish band Katatonia. It is the second single off of their tenth studio album The Fall of Hearts . The song title alludes to the concept of raining without clouds being visible.

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Background

The song was first released as the second single off of Katatonia's tenth studio album The Fall of Hearts on 3 May 2016. [4] [5] [6] The song's official music video was debuted a week later exclusively through Billboard's website. [7] The video features a man writing the song's lyrics in pen and paper in black and white video. [8]

Themes and composition

The word "Serein" was described by guitarist Anders Nystrom to mean "when rain falls but you can’t see any cloud". [7] (Alternatively defined to mean "fine rain falling after sunset from a sky in which no clouds are visible". [9] ) Nystrom says that the song title is meant to be a cryptic metaphor, and refused to describe what is truly being described in the context of the song. [7] Frontman and lead vocalist Jonas Renkse described the song as "one of the more straight-forward songs on the album, very guitar-driven, quite upbeat but still packed with emotion." [7] Loudwire noted the similarity to 1980's new wave music such as The Cure and The Mission, due to its "gentle strumming and a soft lead... Jonas Renkse’s soothing, multi-tracked voice... a slightly uptempo rhythm [...] uplifting and pop-inflected [...] gorgeous, understated lead work textures" [10] A number of publications noted the song as sounding less depressing than most Katatonia songs. [10] AllMusic described the track as being "uptempo, prog pop/rocker with ringing, wrangling guitars, fat kick drums and snare, and an anthemic bridge. [2] Metal Injection described it as "pop-meets-doom [metal]" [11]

Reception

The song was generally well-received by critics. Loudwire praised the song for its "gorgeous" lead guitar work and "larger focus on atmosphere and melody" than prior music from the band. [10] MetalSucks praised the track for "melancholic melody, the vocal harmonies" and " a cool synth interlude in the middle that gave me the shivers", and concluding that it was a "solid entry into the Katatonia canon all around." [9] The artistic style of the song's music video was also praised. [12]

Personnel

Band
Production

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