Atka Skallen’s Swedish hardcore (riyl “Fault In Our Stars” soundtrack)

July 14th, 2014

This is for all you tweeners out there who were intriqued by the Swedish hip hop punk from the Fault In Our Stars movie/book. If you want to explre more Swedish music, especially the hard variety, Atka Skallen wouldn’t be a bad place to start. Here’s their new song “Vem fan vill bli snut?”

Vem fan vill bli snut?

“Suzanne” cover by Ellen Sundberg

June 11th, 2014

Well it’s been over a year since my last Swedesplease post; that’s bizarre. This cover of one of my favorite Leonard Cohen songs is what brought me out of my shell. Ellen Sundberg is an americana singer songwriter from Bjärme in Jämtland, Sweden. She namedrops Dylan and Neil Young in her bio as well as Swedish sensations First Aid Kit and TTMOE. Her new album recorded in Austin, Tx is caming out in the fall and will be titled White Smoke And Pines.

Nude Party – “Little Kennedy”

May 8th, 2013

A word of warning: when doing a post on the Swedish band Nude Party and searching for a photo of the band make sure you have safe search activated…just saying. Warning number two: if you’re feeling cynical or lousy this band may not be your cup of tea. Although their music, equal parts punk and electropop, will certainly raise your spirits if not your heart rate.

I like the song “Little Kennedy” from their latest EP Ingratitude Is The World’s Reward. Pick up the new ep from this Malmö based band here.

Little Kennedy

Swedish Hip Hop from Anaye and the new EP “Pu$$y Palace”

April 29th, 2013

It’s been awhile since there’s been any Swedish hip hop on here. And we’ve never featured a female rap group. Anaye is a rap duo consisting of MayDar & Beastie from Stockholm. You’ll hear bits and pieces of other performers (MIA, Robyn) on the songs from their debut Pu$$y Palace. Here’s the title track and the anthem for these girls…

Get the new ep here for practically nothing.


Tim Schmidt – “Tinar” (Spring, 2013)

April 17th, 2013

Tim Schmidt, the Sweden born now Berlin based singer songwriter, will be releasing a new album this spring. From the sound of this record he’s back with the gentle folk songs and exquisite fingerpicked acoustic guitar that he is known for. I’m afraid I don’t have a download but I do have this stream of the gorgeous new song “Everything’s Gonna To Be OK” from the upcoming album Tinar.

Lisa Bouvier – “Every Year Until We Die” (Indie pop/power pop)

April 12th, 2013

There has been such a shortage of great indie pop, twee or whatever you call it. Sweden used to be the goto country for cute but now I’m not so sure. Luckily we have veterans of the scene like Lisa Bouvier to keep it going. Here’s her new song “Every Year Til We Die”.

Every Year Until We Die

And a video for the song with footage from indietracks

Experimental Swedish folk from Gothenburg’s Moustad

April 8th, 2013

Experimental Swedish music is often loud, drone-y and inaccessible. I guess for some that’s the point but the experimental folk group Moustad attempts to add a little harmony to it’s madness. And madness it is – though often bubbling under the surface. There are found sounds, odd synths and vocals that are absurd in both sound and meaning.

To sum up — I love it. The bands new record Equestrian Vaulting is out now on Fixe Records here.


The Canadian/Swede trio That Hillbilly Palace release debut ep

April 2nd, 2013

What do you get when you cross a Canadian with two Swedes. I don’t have a punchline — that’s what really happened with the band That Hillbilly Palace. The band has just released their debut EP. On it you get a somber blend of indie folk and eerie instrumentation. The new ep is called The Tellers and features song sung in English and French. Here’s a French number called “Fevier”.


VHS Tapes – Matsuri Sessions

March 7th, 2013

I got a nice email from a reader the other day. He was concerned that I was shutting the site down. And I can see why he might think that. But the fact is I am still alive and still working on the site. What I don’t want to do is post a bunch of crap just because it’s Swedish. Also I am adamant that this be an mp3 blog and not a streaming only blog and it is getting harder and harder to get downloads from bands in this age of spotify and soundcloud.

Alright with all that said here is a groovy little instrumental track from the Stockholm based band VHS Tapes from their EP Matsuri Sessions. There is literally no information about this band online – so enjoy this unencumbered by press releases, band photos, and raised expectations

Sea Bears

PS If you are out there Michael, thanks for reading the past 7 years and don’t give up on me just yet.

New ep from Swedish riot grrrl act Volcano

January 25th, 2013

Well this is about the best thing I’ve heard in a minute. Volcano are a three piece from Sweden featuring two strong female presences. And a dude on drums. Think Ramones meets the Pixies and the Throwing Muses. The music on the new EP Me Me Me is angular with sharp edges and strong vocals. “Got To Go” is a perfect example of the band with it’s anthemic chorus and power grrrl lyrics. Buy the new ep here.

Got To Go

Epic nautical indie folk from Sweden’s With a Light Heart

January 11th, 2013

“Seasick” by the Swedish band With A Light Heart is one of those epic indie folk songs that I love but just don’t hear very much anymore. The band recorded it’s new EP in a loft and in a church in Bua, a small village on the west coast of Sweden. The seaside setting is evidence in a number of the songs and aside from epic indie folk songs I also love songs with a Nautical theme.


David Zimmerman – “Y/H”

January 8th, 2013

I suppose David Zimmerman could turn out to be just another nameless faceless “soundcloud” amateur with too much time on his hands and not a speck of talent or followthrough but for some reason I think he may be something more. His record Y/H is eclectic and unpredictable. Sounds a bit like Duran Duran meeting the Lounge Lizards at a dubstep rehab center. Songs meander and at times get lost but the chances he takes are worth the occasional detour.

The Empire of Flora

Testbild! Retrospective out now — “Where Did This Begin?”

January 4th, 2013

I wrote this over a year ago and little has changed:

I’ve always like Testbild!. Even though I don’t have a clue what they look like, what they are signing about, or a clear understanding of their motives. But the fact is they have been a prolific, highly experimental, and well regarded Swedish group for quite a while now.

If you want to track the band’s progress from weird to weirder you can now download a retrospective of the band’s 12 year career so far. I linked to some of their later work including the song “Ballad For Bernt” that positively screams out Twin Peaks soundtrack.

New Years Eve

Ballad For Bernt

New music from Flow Flux Clan (cover of Frazier Chorus’ “Nothing”)

November 27th, 2012

It’s been 5 years since Flow Flux Clan has released any music and 6 years since I wrote about their cover of “Fascination Street” (here). Not much has changed in fact one of the three new recordings is a cover of The Cure’s “Plainsong”. But since I am always up for a little 80′s music here’s their cover of Frazier Chorus’ “Nothing” from their new EP The Return Of….



Fascination Street cover

“Nothing” video

Flow Flux Clan – Nothing from Klangfigur Audio Artefacts on Vimeo.

Original “Nothing” video from Frazier Chorus

Swedish punk from the Jealous Cowards and their new song “Smack The Rich”

November 20th, 2012

Here’s a perfect song for the post election situation we find ourselves in the US. Now while we may not want to actually “smack the rich” literally we are all hopeful that we’ll be able to tax those fuckers and balance the inequality we’re seeing everywhere. “Smack The Rich” may not be pc but that’s fine neither is the Swedish punk band Jealous Cowards. This is off their new ep Jajje Bula. You can listen and buy the download through Bandcamp or you can email the band ( to get your hands on the actual 7″ slab of vinyl.

Smack The Rich

No Favours – New songs and a gig with Tyred Eyes and Sailor Moon in Gothenburg

November 6th, 2012

So how many of you are in Gothenburg this weekend? If you are you’ll want to check out this show Friday night Nov. 9 at the Jam Basement with No Favours, Tyred Eyes and Sailor Moon. This is my first post about the band No Favours. No Favours features members of Audrey and Kamikatze. They play alt rock in the vein of The Pixies and Throwing Muses — and that’s a pretty good thing.

Their debut s/t album is not due out `til December but here are two tracks from it for your listening pleasure.

Hands & Hearts


Swedish shoegaze courtesy of Marybelle and their debut ep “Crush”

September 20th, 2012

How do you like your shoegaze? Do you like fuzzy guitars and honeyed vocals that are just this side of indecipherable. If so the song “Star Horse” by the Stockholm based band Marybelle will be just what the doctor ordered. The band has just released its debut ep Crush and this song is its guiding light.

Not boring EDM from Sweden and the group Colossius

September 10th, 2012

I’ve heard a lot of bad EDM lately. In fact I’m not even sure how to tell the bad from the good at this point. Swedish EDM is no exception and in my view this musical trend has overstayed its welcome. With that said the group Colossius who record for the Fresh yo! Label are a nice change of pace. Sure the drum and bass aspect of the music is there but as you’ll here on the b-side to their new single so is a level of eclecticism you don’t normally hear in the genre.

Here’s “ISOL8″. More info here and here.


Horrible Houses – “Dead Surfer’s Valentine”

August 3rd, 2012

I haven’t heard much to get excited about in a minute or so. But I am linking this limited edition cassette only from the synthy surf fuckers Horrible Houses. More info about this release at the label site – Zeon Light Kassett.

Video for “Dead Surfer’s Valentine”

Music Alliance Pact Post for May – 34 songs from 34 nations

May 15th, 2012

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the whole 34-track compilation through here.

ARGENTINA: Zonaindie
Prietto Viaja Al Cosmos Con MarianoEy, Esa No Es Forma De Decir Adiós
PVACCM is a psychedelic rock duo (Mariano, drums and vocals; Prietto, guitar and vocals) from Buenos Aires. Their first recordings were kind of lo-fi experiments but in the last couple of years they’ve developed a unique sound with melodies and lyrics that grow on you in a melancholic way. This track is their rendition of Leonard Cohen’s classic tune Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye and features on their last album, a 28-song double record that you can purchase from Bandcamp.

AUSTRIA: Walzerkönig
Mile Me DeafWild At Heart
Mile Me Deaf is one of the other bands Killed By 9V Batteries’ Wolfgang Möstl plays in. And although side-projects – such an unfair name for a 500+ songs oeuvre – are usually a space for weird shit your band mates didn’t agree to, their first album Eat Skull, and especially the first single Wild At Heart, is surprisingly free of noise and distortion. Instead, it creates the last-day-of-summer-holidays feeling you know from Girls and Beach House.

BRAZIL: Meio Desligado
Leonardo MarquesLinha Do Trem
Nostalgic melodies are the hallmark of Dia e Noite No Mesmo Céu, the debut album of Leonardo Marques. His songs recall a bucolic scenery, romantic and lonely, as we can hear on Linha Do Trem. Leonardo recorded all instruments on his solo work (except drums) in a homely, intimate setting. His music is likely to appeal to fans of Elliott Smith, Clube Da Esquina and Jon Brion.

CANADA: Quick Before It Melts
The RestAlways On My Mind
The story of The Rest’s new album, SEESAW, will be one of legend. First, their dear friend and producer Dan Achen passed away suddenly just as they started recording. Then, a month away from finishing the record, a hard-drive glitch deleted everything they’d done so far. It took a black box recovery team six months to retrieve it. Now, more than a year later, it’s here. And it’s stunning. The beautifully hazy Always On My Mind just hints at SEESAW’s orchestral brilliance.

CHILE: Super 45
Daniel KlauserSimply Swag
If we had to put all our money on one name from the Chilean dance scene, it would definitively be Daniel Klauser. The young producer skillfully brings together elements from 90s house, ghetto-style hip hop and tribal music, and has so far gathered a considerable amount of positive reviews from local and international media. This track open his Simply Swag EP, which you can download for free from Diamante Records.

CHINA: Wooozy
Beijing-based trio Snapline just released their second album Phenomena through Maybe Mars Records. Their music puts a contemporary Beijing spin on the sounds and ideas produced by the noise and minimalist musicians of the 70s and 80s, especially focusing on the New York scene of that period. They also explore the dark, industrial music coming out of England during that period, especially from bands such as Joy Division and The Cure.

COLOMBIA: El Parlante Amarillo
Like Some Cat From JapanJohnny Ramone
Like Some Cat From Japan (LSCFJ) take their name from a line in one of David Bowie’s masterpieces, Ziggy Stardust. This electro group from Bogotá have a dance-punk sound that is perfect for the sweaty throng of a nightclub and dancing from dark until dawn.

DENMARK: All Scandinavian
SLOWOLFSee U In My Dreams
This summer Andreas Asingh, one third of lauded electro-pop outfit SMALL, will release his debut as SLOWOLF. Not much is known about the project but he says that black metal, hip hop and dream pop will unite, perhaps for the first time, on the album which will also feature a chorus written by a seven-year-old boy and Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan. Here’s the excellent first single See U In My Dreams, a Music Alliance Pact exclusive download.

ENGLAND: The Guardian Music Blog
Sarah YoungAjambo Si
Sarah Young, noted the Guardian’s New Band of the Day writer, is the queen of moombahton, the genre that fuses Dutch house and reggaeton, soca and dancehall. If anyone is going to cross over and “do a Katy B”, as such a manoeuvre is becoming known, it’s this 22-year-old graduate of the Academy of Contemporary Music turned DJ, producer and all-round moom-bassador. Ajambo Si, the opening track on her new EP, features Lioness and Slick Don and is based on a kuduro rhythm, but to the NBotD writer it sounded “like dubstep meets dancehall or Caribbean grime, like Dizzee if he went to St Lucia on holiday and never came back”.

All Will Be QuietThe First Day Pt. 2
Post-rock band All Will Be Quiet releases its debut album On The First Day this month. It is a concept record about the collapse and rebirth of society with an optimistic view on the how the future will be for mankind. Equally ambitious is The First Day Pt. 2, a grandiose and cinematic instrumental song that opens the second part of the album.

FRANCE: Yet You’re Fired
BirkiiHoly War
Birkii brought us the joyful pop song Shade Of Doubt last year on the great Kitsuné Parisien compilation, and then appeared in many mixes and playlists, including Edwin van Cleef’s April mixtape. Now she’s back with Holy War, a catchy synth-pop song from Kitsuné Parisien II that will also be on her debut EP out on June 4, with remixes from Equateur, Pol Rax, Pegase (last month’s MAP artist) and Zemaria.

GERMANY: Blogpartei
Christian LoefflerEleven (feat. Mohna)
There are many subtle things in Christian Loeffler’s debut A Forest which make his music very contemporary – there is swishing, there is rustling, there is clacking, there is tinging. In the pleasantly moody track Eleven, Mohna, singer of former MAP band Me Succeeds, adds another level to Loeffler’s calm but vivid opus.

ICELAND: Rjóminn
The Lovely LionInto The Forest
Representing the new wave of Icelandic folk-pop revival, The Lovely Lion are ones to watch for the future. Though this young and extremely talented band have only recorded a handful of songs and are still unsigned, their unique approach to songwriting and polished sound is sure to grab the attention of music lovers everywhere.

INDONESIA: Deathrockstar
Raw, lo-fi, angry dark punk from Medan with added passion about world history which lead us to a song about Napoleon Bonaparte.

IRELAND: Nialler9
Not SquaresFall Far
Northern Irish electro punks Not Squares have ditched the ultra high-energy in favour of a more restrained dancefloor synth-pop sound for their new single. While Fall Far’s new direction can be compared to the kind of stuff coming out on the Kitsuné label, it must be said that this is a very good look and a surprising one for the band. The best Irish song released in April bar none.

ITALY: Polaroid
The MojomaticsYou Are The Reason For My Trouble
You Are The Reason For My Trouble is the fourth album by The Mojomatics, one the best and coolest garage rock bands around Italy and Europe. The duo from Venice brings into their sound echoes of Rolling Stones, Kinks and Dylan, but what I deeply love about their songs and concerts is their tireless energy.

JAPAN: Make Believe Melodies
WallflowerCure Your Heart
Indie-pop music never left Japan, as bands trying to sound twee have been popping up since the C86 tape dropped. Yet this year has seen a boom in jangly rock groups, with Osaka outfit Wallflower being one of the catchiest. They take cues from The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and even opened for that American band when they came to Japan earlier this year. This song shows they learned well from The Pains, as they nail dreamy indie-pop yearning in just over three minutes.

MALTA: Stagedive Malta
Stolen CreepThrow Your Heart To The Sea
Stolen Creep is the brainchild of childhood friends Marie Borg Alden (guitars, vocals) and Rebecca Theuma (drums). The band has had many different members, recently settling into the current line-up of Marie, Rebecca and Katryna Storace (guitars, vocals). Following a busy year of writing, rewriting and rehearsals, they chose their favourite songs and retreated to record their first EP, Throw Your Heart To The Sea.

MEXICO: Red Bull Panamérika
Andy MountainsHoy Me Gusta Mi Peinado
The title of this song, translated into English, is “Today, I Like My Hair”. With the naive viewpoint of early college students, this Mexico City quintet portrait everyday existential nuances with an optimism only an iPod advertisement would reach. But don’t classify Andy Mountains as cheap, feelgood jingle-makers. Their sound thrives in high-brow references that go from Animal Collective to the minimalism of La Monte Young. Give this tune a try and have a good hair day!

AudioleySame Old
Audioley is a new project by Francois Peglau and Jules Drade, two Peruvian musicians based in London. Audioley started as an experiment, with the duo meeting one night every week to make a song a day. First single Same Old is feelgood electronic pop and comes with a curious and funny video.

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?
T(h)ree was featured in MAP in February 2011. T(h)ree is not a band but a project which brings together musicians/bands from Portugal and, for this second volume, Philippines and Singapore. In the featured track, we have Stealing Orchestra (Portugal), Maze (Portugal) and The Analog Girl (Singapore) playing together.

PUERTO RICO: Puerto Rico Indie
Harry RagTiny Painting
Harry Rag is the solo project of Kristian Prieto (Coleco, Alegría Rampante), who wanted to figure out just how many sounds and moods he could generate with his acoustic guitar. Prieto has released seven ‘web albums’ under the Harry Rag name, all recorded in his bedroom straight to a four-track, each one expanding on his guitar experiments and polishing up his sound. Tiny Painting is a great recent example of his prowess as a young musician and is taken from his latest album, The Ghastly Adventures Of Ghost Goat.

ROMANIA: Babylon Noise
Jazzadezz is a dream pop/new wave band formed by Alin Zabrauteanu (synths, guitar, production) and Dezdemona Mihaescu (vocals). For their 2010 debut album Inimani Mal, Calin Torsan (Domnisoara Pogany and NU & Apa Neagră) joined the band playing clarinet, recorder and caval. In 2012, another two members were added, Alex Stanciu on guitar (also in Domnisoara Pogany) and drummer Eduard Gabia, a renowned choreographer and contemporary artist. The second album, Panta Rhei, was released last month and experiments in new areas such as ambient, post-rock and trip-hop.

RUSSIA: Big Echo
2muchachosStriwi Kri4at
Striwi Kri4at is a beautiful instrumental piece from romantic dream pop band 2muchachos, who released their Vesnywki!! EP last month, a perfect soundtrack for spring.

Julia And The DoogansDown The Line
Julia Doogan has everything you’d want from a pop singer – a genuinely distinguishable voice, a breakable heart, just the right amount of melancholy, and lyrics that are honest but not mushy. MAP exclusive free download Down The Line is taken from Julia And The Doogans’ achingly graceful new five-track Diamonds EP (buy on Bandcamp), and shows off the talents of Julia and her lush band to near perfection.

SINGAPORE: I’m Waking Up To…
Sze KiatOnce In A While
No man is an island, yet one gets the sense that the musical ideas that transpire in Sze Kiat’s mind were born from the stillness of time. There’s an unhurried approach to his songwriting and an intimacy that evokes a strain that could only come from a sort of crying out from some terrifying or forsaken place. Featuring traditional Chinese stringed instruments such as the erhu and the zhongruan, the sparse instrumentation serves as the background to Sze Kiat’s simple yet emotive lyrics.

SOUTH AFRICA: Musical Mover & Shaker!
Nate MaingardThe Open Space
Nate Maingard is an indie-folk singer-songwriter from Cape Town whose music often brings the likes of Damien Rice, Coldplay and Jack Johnson to mind. His voice has been compared to Thom Yorke and Ben Gibbard, and his easy style and sense of melody shine through on The Open Space with a passionate undertone throughout.

SOUTH KOREA: Korean Indie
E9My Little Flutter
E9, short for Edward Nine, wish to combine the pureness of Edward Scissorhands with the rampage of Nine Inch Nails. Their sound is influenced by groups like Placebo and Muse, while their lyrics tell fairy tales. The band has been around for several years and are preparing to release their first EP. My Little Flutter is a perfect sample of E9′s mixture of grunge, punk and Britpop with electronic sounds.

SPAIN: Musikorner
Boreals are probably younger than any of you beloved MAP readers but that doesn’t mean they don’t know what they’re doing. And what they do is deliver a fine mixture of cosmic post-rock (clearly influenced by Explosions In The Sky) embellished with clouds of synths that makes their sound epic and heart-touching, just as post-rock should. Luciérnagas, one of their most atmospheric tracks, is taken from their second EP, Grecia, released through Barcelona-based label Irregular, home of former MAP acts Lasers and The Suicide Of Western Culture.

SWEDEN: Swedesplease
The new record from Skatan is out on May 23 and is called Seven Trees. The first single, Control, features a little more eclectic instrumentation than in the past and Simone Andersson Wingfors’ voice is less processed and more immediate, resulting in a song that hits all the right chords.

Baba ShrimpsAngel
This five-piece from Zurich play impulsive pop music with a blend of country and rock. Baba Shrimps will release a new record at the end of 2012, but to shorten the waiting time they have dropped a live version of a new, unreleased song called Angel.

SolardipLeap Of Faith
With their French electro/indie-influenced sound, Solardip is one of the few live acts of their genre in the country. In a short time, these three Istanbul youngsters have attracted a big audience. Debut album Future Now came out in March through Remoov Records after the release of the spectacular single and sexy video of Dance Like Wolves.

UNITED STATES: I Guess I’m Floating
Nicole MiglisStay Small
There’s no hiding my affection for Gainesville’s Hundred Waters, one of 2012′s best new bands. Just as bewilderingly complete, elegant and worth exploring is the solo work of their frontwoman, Nicole Miglis. Stay Small is from her debut self-titled EP, which you can download for free here.

VENEZUELA: Música y Más
Ulises HadjisDonde Va
Ulises Hadjis is a young artist from Maracaibo. Despite his fledgling career, he already has two albums and a Latin Grammy as a music producer to his name. His second record, Cosas Perdidas, was released last month. In his own words, it is “an honest collection of songs” and shows more maturity in his lyrics and compositions than its predecessor, Presente.