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01. The Morning Bus  
02. From The Window Of My Room
03. At Sea
04. In Silence
05. We'll Never Meet This Young Again
06. Stars In The Ceiling  
07. Never Alone, Always Lonesome
08. Let Us Live  

A leading light from the Nordic post-rock scene, DORENA evokes both captivating delight and sonic wonder through epic soundscapes and blissfully inventive, near-pop anthems. On their sophomore release, About Everything And More, they flawlessly fuse ice-tinged atmospherics, entrancing melodies and sparse vocals with limited quiet/loud mechanics to create music that doesn't ask for your full attention...it claims it. The album transports the listener to a euphoric dimension, a realm where you get the feeling that something glorious perseveres in the end. It encapsulates you, rising above being mere sound and becomes something you can almost feel. "These recordings came together during a period of time when all of us were standing right at the border between teenage life and adulthood. This album is a representation of that significant moment in our lives and the feelings of insecurity, love, loneliness and hope that come along with it" says guitarist Kim Ruiz. From its moments of dramatic intensity to its isolated ambience, this is more than just a startlingly beautiful record...it's a force to be reckoned with. (DER-508)

                   


Reviews

"About Everything and More is Dorena's sophomore effort of instrumental indie/pop on a grandiose scale, the follow up to Holofon. From the very beginning, Dorena establishes themselves as a very tight band, united in vision and in the ideas they wish to convey, which are all apparent from the first track, The Morning Bus. Twenty-two minutes into the album, We'll Never Meet This Young Again arrives just as abruptly and surprisingly as a bright sunny day in Singapore in the midst of a monsoon season. The album begins deceptively simple but as I quickly discover, evolves into a scale of epic cinematic symphonies. This album may be no fuss-no trumpets blaring and orchestras playing, but no less grand, highly obvious in this track. The album picks up from there to emerge into a new day of discovery and reflection. Perhaps the best way to describe this album is the transition from night to day, from a sleepy dream state (cue scenes from Inception) to an awakening to the bright new day of fresh starts, inner hope and peace. DORENA is an an acronym for De Omnibus Rebus Et Nonnullis Aliis, a Latin phrase which roughly means: About Everything And More, which is an apt name for the album, being ambitious, yet not overreaching, as the album remains subtle in its themes and ideas. It possesses the ability to surprise and impress, and perhaps, be the companion to a night of reclaiming our youth, with all its recklessness, emotional rollercoasters, dark conversations in the middle of the night and the skip in your step on that bright morning as the world wakes. I highly recommend this album to both the seasoned instrumental listener, as well as to those wishing to explore the genre and to broaden their musical horizons, for this album is a good introduction. This album should be taken as a whole as it tells a story, and is particularly important in this day and age where singles rule and albums lie disregarded." - Power Of Pop

"Deep Elm seems to have this very unique ability to seek out creative, inspirational bands from all corners of the globe and unveil their untapped potential to the rest of the world, this time wrangling up Sweden's instrumental post-rock luminaries Dorena for their sophomore effort 'About Everything And More'. Carving a path similar to bands like The Appleseed Cast or Moving Mountains, Dorena weave in and out of songs with elegant beauty, atmospheric and graceful dynamics. With a good mix between light and dark tones, these 8 tracks often show the band building the songs up to escalating highs, utilizing poppy keys and memorable hooks along the way. Throwing in some surprises like an acoustic portion and at other times relying heavily on the guitars and even some moments of singing that works so well with the shimmering, swirling mess of gorgeous tension you almost wish this used vocals on each track. Deep Elm scores another winner here with this amazing display of soaring, majestic, textured anthems, songs that invoke feelings from all sides of the spectrum and with a beauty that doesn't need to rely on wordplay to speak volumes. For fans of: Last Lungs, Moving Mountains, Goonies Never Say Die." - go211

"Listening to Swedish band Dorena's sophomore release, 'About Everything and More,' all the typical post-rock elements are noticeably there, with torpid song tempos and atmospheric, ambient arrangements. But there are numerous moments within the album that surprisingly break the mold of the post-rock 'formula' and force the listener to snap back in and pay attention. The most apparent difference between Dorena and most other post-rock that I've listened to is it's explicit resemblance to early Midwest indie rock. The opening track, 'The Morning Bus,' begins with a slow and lofty buildup into jangly guitar work that sounds like something off of a Joan of Arc record. Tracks such as 'From the Window of My Room' and 'We'll Never Meet This Young Again' continue this trend while also introducing a quicker tempo and skillfully mixing in poppy, upbeat synth lines that should seem out of place here but surprisingly don't. Dorena even manage to bring an element of heaviness and intensity that I haven't seen in many similar acts. The end of the third track, 'At Sea', contains a fierce and fast syncopated ending that actually had me pseudo-headbanging. 'In Silence' experiments and further removes the album from the standard formula with a short three minute and thirteen second duration of western-influenced guitar plucking floating through an airy backdrop. Vocals, like usual in modern post-rock, are almost nonexistent here, but the faint, dream-like croons compliment the music perfectly as they covertly weave their way in and out. There are, of course, a few tracks, such as 'Stars in the Ceiling,' that don't do much to experiment and stick primarily to the rules and principles of Dorena's mantra that they've so masterfully broken in their other songs, but even these are well-written and very enjoyable. All in all, Dorena has put out a smooth flowing album of unorthodox post-rock stylings that succeed in breaking the mold that many of their peers so truthfully follow. Their synthpop and indie rock influences mesh with their ambient foundations to create a forward-thinking and fascinating collection of songs. [5 / 5]" - StereoKiller

"There is something different about this record that trumps the casual instrumental band formula. Dorena has the ability to infuse subtle experimentation, which doesn't sound overdone or contrite, into their music. The opening track 'The Morning Bus' offers the listener a slow build up into what some may say is an almost Joan of Arc guitar style. The album offers up a mix of poppy upbeat synth lines woven throughout the songs. At first the use of synth for hooks rather than ambience caught me off guard. The purist in me questioned the use but soon embraced it because, well… they just know how to write great licks. Dorena also offers seemingly aggressive parts a la a lesser Russian Circles; these parts had me bobbing my head as they tore through the songs. See the end of the third track, 'At Sea,' for a good example of this heavy approach. On the track 'In Silence' we find Dorena in a deep background of sound with a slide guitar being played in its midst. One thing I have failed to mention up this point are the vocals that are scattered throughout the record. Like most post rock bands vocals are usually not existent, but Dorena find a way to craft them into songs. These vocals, though sparse, are akin to early The Appleseed Cast. They're just another tool used to create their landscapes of sound. It's interesting to see Dorena, a Swedish band, take more than a few nods from Midwest indie rock. Throughout the various parts of the album hints of some more Joan of Arc, Kinesella brothers' type riffs. All in all, Dorena only lean on their post rock styling merely to hold their musical endeavors together before lift off. According to the bands website their name is an acronym for De Omnibus Rebus Et Nonnullis Aliis, roughly translated as,' about everything and a little more.' This is a fitting title for a band that both impresses and remains subtle in their ability to craft well thought out songs. There is an overall natural feeling to the songs, almost akin to early Pelican if I dare say so. The ebb and flow of their songs is perfect. The synthpop vibe and indie rock influences that Dorena infuses truly create an interesting listen for those that are willing to give this instrumental band a chance. I am glad I did. [4.5 / 5]" - Decoy Music

"The Northern European region of Scandinavia is somewhat known for producing atmospheric, euphoric instrumental post-rock, with Iceland's Sigur Ros becoming the obvious examples. Sweden's Dorena continue this trend with their sophomore release, 'About Everything And More'. 'The Morning Bus' shows; a slow-burning tempo with stirring guitars and an all-round atmospheric vibe. Whereas 'From The Window Of My Room' is more lively with its plucky, foot-stomping tempo and quirky poppy synth keys. It shows the band in a different light and the varitation is much welcomed. As is 'In Silence', a calm number that breathes through its sustained, country-like guitar notes before breaking into 'We'll Never Meet This Young Again', a bouncy, swirling track that is a prime example of instrumental indie/pop perfection. Dorena's ability to experiment and add variation is appreciated, as 'About Everything And More' is able to flow nicely but manages to surprise you throughout, from the acoustic conclusion of 'Never Alone, Always Lonesome' to the heavy guitars on 'From The Window Of My Room' and 'At Sea'. The concluding 'Let Us Live' rounds off the record and the band well, as it shows the bands blend of light and dark tones; a plucky build-up that leads to a euphroic, simple singalong ending. Dorena have delivered a record that is more than expected, as their grand ideas and direction are mesmerizing and collectively leave you feeling uplifted. [4.5 / 5]" - Alter The Press

"About Everything And More can be considered a salute to youth and a praise to hope and freedom. I can't find a better word for it than 'room music' – it fills the space with a certain vibe and feeling, which in a way is seductive enough to pick you up and toss you around. After an effortless flow of music makes you lying on its stinging beauty and soothes you with the warm breeze of vocally performed hymns still ringing in your head after the song is over. Dorena is composed of five guys from Gothenburg, Sweden. Their name is derived from the first letters of 'De Omnibus Rebus Et Nonnullis Aliis' which in Latin means 'About Everything And More'. So in a way, the album is self-titled. It seems that the music is playing with the ambience and mostly focusing on an emotional expression. Most of the soundscape is filled with mellow and deeply melodic guitar layers. Musically, Dorena shows great knowledge of the genre and even the lacks of it. They go to places modern instrumentalists of post-rock have forgotten and manage to create a very down-to-earth atmosphere – nothing too spacey or distorted. They improved and broadened the boundaries of rock and everything that came after. All this wasn't quite enough, they also had their finger on how to blend electro with the brigade of instruments on the song 'From The Window Of My Room', which is probably the catchiest (read: danciest) song of the album – which on the contrary approaches the listener in a very calm and, let's say, just for the kick of it, intellectual level. Vocals are performed with simplicity and grace; they sound fragile and it seems that they're almost not even there, as if I'm dreaming. What 'About Everything And More' has is so brilliant and so vague that it could easily go unnoticed. Dorena found a way to effortlessly transfer emotional experience into method of playing music – instead of playing music they play with expressions, unforgetful joys, young loves etc. We can only listen and marvel, and share the news. [9 / 10] " - Corezine

"A fresh take on post rock coming from our beloved Sweden. The album opens gently with a focus on intricate rhythms, swelling crescendos and diminuencos before blasting your face off around 5 minutes in with a brick of melody driven rock that ups the ante for the rest of the album. The second track is my favourite – it makes more than a passing nod to the dancey post rock of El Ten Eleven adding layers of melody akin to Explosions in the Sky circa 'The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place' before cutting out altogether and taking a turn for the folkier. Here you'll find plenty of shifts in tempo. With melodies ranging from the upbeat to the sombre, the pretty to the ambient, to full out balls to the wall ass-kicking rock. About Everything and More is a great collection of songs. It's good." - DreamCrusher

"Rising above mere sound and becoming something you can almost feel. A force to be reckoned with." - Strangeglue

"Sweden's post rock five-piece Dorena have been making sweet vocal-optional music since 2007. Latest LP About Everything And More is in many ways the Post Rock Handbook of albums - interweaving shimmering guitars, simple yet intricate rhythm section, the building up of emotive tension through the slow increase in sound until the whole thing cascades in abject noise...but what they have also harnessed is the innate ability to embrace and express particular emotions through song passages. I am a post rock and instrumental rock tragic, so this was right up my alley, but there is some leeway here for the unconverted - from the synth pop feyness and deeper vocal variant of Sigur Ros of 'From The Window Of My Room', and the staccato beats and sawing effects of 'We'll Never Meet This Young Again.' In fact, despite the raucousness of a few tracks like 'At Sea', there is more of a sense of fun in Dorena's output that is missing in most post rock circles - post-rock-pop? This alone marks them as an interesting band to watch." - Sonic Masala

"Look out all you post-rock instrumental bands. There is a group coming out of Sweden to rival the best bands like Explosions in the Sky and Envy! They are called Dorena. Do yourself a favor and check out their incredible new Deep Elm release, About Everything And More." - Music Emissions

"Deep Elm Records seems to have an affection for instrumental post-rock bands because the label's last two releases from Dorena and Last Lungs have had barely a word sung on either album. Dorena has definitely raised the bar to a new height with their album 'About Everything And More' with music that is captivating, dynamic, varied and completely interesting the entire time. Songs like 'We'll Never Meet This Young Again' replaces the vocals with instrumentation that talks to you. It's a wild thing not to just put up with an instrumental song, but to not even notice there was no singing. With bands like Moving Mountains, The Appleseed Cast, Last Lungs and now Dorena, I can't see why you wouldn't be able to fall in love with post-rock. Deep Elm has done a lot to further this niche genre." - The Album Project

"With a blend of epic soundscapes and blissfully structured numbers, Sweden's Dorena have carefully expanded their post-rock style to create a mesmerizing record in 'About Everything And More'. Tracks like 'We'll Never Meet This Young Again' add an element of pop, whilst 'From The Window Of My Room' is a lively, power-chord driven and throughout the band subtly use electronic elements. In a genre that is becoming somewhat stale, Dorena add a refreshing touch to post-rock, as their dynamic, ambitious approach is well thought-out and is pulled off brilliantly." - Alter The Press

"Dorena isn't asking for your full attention, the music itself will claim it...the very essence of music." - Corezine

"There's some impressive post-rock blasting out of Deep Elm's communal speakers right now, Gothenburg's Dorena being one of the best examples of which. In many ways About Everything And More is a straightforward example of the genre, with its rich atmospheres and progressive song structures, but it also has a notably more poppy and playful electronic side. This might explain how the quintet seem to possess that evocative ingredient that propels their music from the background into something that's hard not to nod along engrossed by – or at least smile whimsically at." - In Forty

"Dorena are a Swedish five-piece on one of my favorite independent labels, Deep Elm. After skimming through a few tracks from their new sophomore album, About Everything and More I was blown away – this is some gorgeous music for a group of 21 year olds out of Gothenburg to be making. With predominantly ambient tracks floating between six and eight minutes, there's an anthemic and minimal structure to their arrangements. With enough variety between songs to hold your interest, I expect these guys will be around for quite a bit." - Dust Sleeve

"Epic melodies that transport the listener to hope from despair. I hereby join the chorus of praise." - Joyzine