Most Valuable Players have a new song online called “Stockholm Doesn’t Belong To Me”. At the moment the song is incredibly catchy but that could soon lead to mildly annoying since their is a repetive sample that runs throughout the song. But for now I’m still in love with their Depeche Mode meets Tackhead sound.
Archive for September, 2005
Well I’m guessing I’m first to post on Samuraj Cities. They are from Gothenburg and seem to have come into existence only this year. Their homepage was created on June 21 and their first live show was 6 days later. Already they have enough music for a nice single and they’ve promised more soon, so an ep may be just around the corner.
Their influences are hidden behind a gauzy, distorted sound. But this is probably all part of their plan for as they say on their site this music is Sweden’s hope for a new beginning”. “Empty Stage” is their newest song, visit their website to it now. Contact the band here – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a helpful little map that shows where the band is from (I may have to borrow that image for my page)
The Tourettes are a band I’ve been meaning to write up for awhile, but it took a little while to get some full length mp3′s in house. The band is lead by Mira Eklund who writes the lyrics and is the singer. Think B52′s meet Bjork. The two songs below run the gamut from loud and fast to slow and thoughtful. “Silent Violent” is the catchier of the two. Click here to buy their eps or to contact the band/management (thanks to Shoeshine for the mp3′s).
Ok this is going back a few years and I’m usually always trying to look ahead but I couldn’t pass up Robotboy. Apparently Robotboy was discovered when one of his songs, “Nuclear Romantics”, appeared on a Friendly Noise release called Friendly People Making Noise from 2003.
These two songs are both short and have a techno feel but it’s techno on downers. It’s cool though.
Not a full post today cause I’m taking a break due to Labor Day in the US. But I do want to point you in the direction of a great little blog called Thee Power Of Twee. It’s just started but this Swedish blog has a great take on the wonderful world of twee, a genre that is growing in popularity.
Hopefully TPOT will start posting Mp3′s of all the great Swedish and European twee bands he/she writes about.
Torpedo is a band formed in Stockholm in 2004 by members of Tiger Lou, Je Ne Se Quoi, and Chrystal Committee (and others). This is a band with experience and you can tell that from their polished sound. Their 2005 debut ep is called Anticlockwise and features the song “From Russia With Love”. And while it is catchyas hell, it’s all shimmer and no substance.
It’ll be fun on your ipod though, especially if you’ve got to go for a run!! Buy the ep here.
Buy this limited edition cd-r from MIMG by emailing the label here – email@example.com.
I guess some things are the same the world over. In Sweden much like in the Us and Canada musicians try to stack the deck (and keep busy!) by being in multiple bands. Robert Stevenson is a prime example of this. Besides keeping busy with his solo projects he is in the band Suis la lane and MixTapes/CellMates.
In the states Robert Stevenson has had his music released by EmoRec but his new 7″ has been held up by the label and he is looking to put it out himself. As the name of the label suggests Robert’s music can safely be labeled Emo. His sincere, longing vocals and sparse yet evocative backing music make this a great listen for a rainy Sunday night, so save this one for such an occasion.
From A New Light Fading EP (EmoRec, Feb 2005)
Unreleased Songs (looking for a good home!)
Bonus Song from MixTapes/CellMates
If you’d like to hear more of this music here’s instructions from Robert’s site on how to get it:
“but if you want to have a cd with some songs i’ve recorded this year (including the songs meant for the 7″ in demo-versions) just send an empty cd-r + 20 kr for the postage to:
374 51 asarum”
MLF is a Malmo based collective who create a hodgepog electro-punk. Their debut record Though I Wasn’t Doing Much… is out now on Saas fee label. You can buy it here if you’re from Europe. In the states Darla has picked this up as a catalog item and you can get it here.
I don’t have any of the songs from the album but the band has put a couple non-album tracks up and a remix of their song “Innerspace” (out of space remix).