Archive for March, 2006

New single from Rigas (Flore and Fauna, coming soon)

Friday, March 31st, 2006

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Rigas has new music up on their site from their soon to be released debut lp on Flora and Fauna. This electronic scrit-scrat is surprisingly catchy, despite or perhaps because of, it’s utter simplicity. The synth samples are grade school but certainly lodge in that part of your brain reserved for pop confections.

The new album is tentatively titled This Year Has Been Good To Me and features such Swedish musical luminaries as members of Blood Music, mid air condo and The Chrysler. Here’s the single:

We Are Here To Stay

Lesbian Grudge Match

Thursday, March 30th, 2006


There was a red 7″ 45 that I got my hands on from back in my college radio days (1986 or so). The b-side to which was the song “Lesbian Grudge Match”. That slab of heavy garage rock was a mainstay of just about every radio show I did that year. Who would have thunk I’d have to travel all the way to Sweden to find music of this ilk?

Sons of Cyrus play straight up garage rock; no excuses, no prisoners. The songs on Rock and Rollercoaster all clock in under 3 minutes and the themes can be explained in the one word pithy song titles the bands uses. Buy this cd here now.

Straight To Hell

Switzerland

Here’s a couple tracks from friends of Sons Of Cyrus, Front De Bouef and Hic Jacet

Bring Them On
(Demo) – Front De Bouef
DOA
– Hic Jacet

New record from Olof Brostrom – Giant Owl

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

Electronic recording artist Olof Brostrom (wrote about him here) has released his new disc, Giant Owl, this week on Monument Records. Despite song titles like “Carnival” (recorded with Penny Century) and “SpringBreak 2″ this is not exactly dance music. It’s more downtempo than that, the lyrics are processed and glide along like stuck in molasses, the beats are not thudding enough or the rpms fast enough for the dancefloor but I suspect that’s Olof’s plan.

Buy Giant Owl here or by contacting Olof – olof@oolf.net.

Carnival

SpringBreak 2

Swedish Hip Hop

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

Half Swedish counts here on Swedeplease and that brings us todays act – Zucchini Drive. The band consists of Marcus Grap from Sweden and Siaz from Belgium. They deliver a beat heavy grimey hip hop. The new record, Being Kurtwood, drops (how do like that hip hop slang!) on March 3 on the German label 2nd Rec. Here’s the single “Sombre City”.

Sombre City

The Happy People

Monday, March 27th, 2006


The Happy People is a name with meaning. There’s no sarcasm that I can find in this aptly named band. They’re from Stockholm and are happy playing pop music. If they’re not playing they’re rehearsing or sipping coffee in their slippers. Sounds nice.

The bands songs have the prerequisite hand claps and sing along choruses. I like the song “Shake Along, Son” from their demo.

Shake Along, Son

Lost Summer Kitten

Friday, March 24th, 2006


Lost Summer Kitten are a band formed by two women who lost their two male counterparts to other musical projects. They’re a little bummed about it and it shows in the music.

The vocals on these three songs barely register above a whisper and the guitar is muted as well. But all in all I don’t mind that they lost the testosterone.

You can buy their new ep at Popkonst now.

Don’t Leave Me Hangin’

Where Did You Go (The Emmigrant Song)

PS The band’s website will not be able to handle the hits so I’m hosting the files myself.

Celestial sounds from sweden

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

Celestial is a Swedish band not afraid to namecheck their influences and also to follow on in their footsteps. In a nutshell their sound comes from the highpoint of the British shoegazer rock era namely my bloody valentine, the house of love, felt and slowdive).

They’ve got a new 5 song ep out on Music Is My Girlfriend. Here’s the song I like the best:

Dream On

A rare, beautiful song by Jens Lekman – "Throw Your Arms Around Me"

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

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I found this Jens Lekman song online somewhere. Not sure where (and it’s not in Jen’s semi official song list). But it wasn’t another blog so I don’t have to credit anyone. Jens has the most disctinctive style of any singer performing today, whether it’s just him and a uke or if it’s a whole symphonic piece. Visit his website and beg him not to walk away from his music career as he has been threatening to do for the last month or so.

Throw Your Arms Around Me

The Models are hot (that should help me get some hits through Google)

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

The Models are a Swedish trio that make a crunchy next wave rock. Part Blondies and part Donnas. They’re as simple as a crushed and broken heart, they’re riffing on pure emotion. They’ve got these two anthems on their website recorded in September of 2005.

Check them out here, one more song here.

Nightlife

Protect Me

Gothenburg’s Everyday Mistakes

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

Sometimes you can just tell you’re going to love a band. The Everyday Mistakes are that band for me. I guess it all stems from their name and the fact that PopKonst has picked up their new ep for distribution. The name Everyday Mistakes hints at a humble band that is rough around the edges and that’s just what you get from this band from Gothenburg.

Like I Care

Unnamed post by unnamed Swedish singer

Monday, March 20th, 2006

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For all you swedes and also for all you import junkies this is not a new release but for everybody else Nicolai Dunger’s music and story is a new one. The legend goes that a young Nicolai was discovered singing on a balcony during one of his many trips as part of the Swedish National Soccer Team. The story continues that Nicolai gave up professional soccer for music. The rest is history or history in the making.

If that’s not enough to get you hooked try this on for size. He’s sexy as hell and the new record (released in Sweden in 2004) was produced by and features members of Mercury Rev. Sometimes when producers of such high caliber get involved they mess with the artist’s sound, imparting their own ideas and musical predjudices but this is not the case with Here’s My Song…You Can Have It. I Don’t Want It Anymore/Yours 4-Ever. Instead of Mercury Rev’s psychadelia you get more of a soulful Van Morisson, circa-Moondance swagger. Nicolai’s voice is what will carry this record and his ability to croon with the best of them is evident on the song “Hunger”. Buy it here from Zoe Records.

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Hunger

Another Swedish Duo!? – The Tilmans

Friday, March 17th, 2006


Is it possible to have another Swedish duo? You’d think not but here they are: Tilmans. They have only just released a 7″ and it’s the first release for Fraction Discs so this is all pretty virginal.

Run
(7″ on Fraction Disc)

Unreleased

Opening

Holy Madre (NONS, March 21)

Thursday, March 16th, 2006


It’s refreshing when a label gets it and frustrating when they don’t. This one label recently said no to my request to share a song off a new record (despite the fact that the guy at the label admitted to be currently listening to a mix cd culled from music blogs). Like a lot of other people I suspect if he likes what he discovers he’ll buy something from the bands on the mix. The good news side of the story is the Swedish label NONS, which has complied with my two recent requests for mp3′s.

Holy Madre is their upcoming release. You may have heard or seen them referred to in the past as Johan Bogart and Holy Madre. This was the name under which their 2004 debut was sold. Johan is still the creative centerpiece of the band but the revolving and expanding cast of characters has changed. Now it’s 2006 and the band has readied their sophomore release. You can buy it here digitally if you’re in Europe from Kilcktrack.

This self titled release is smooth and accessible pop. It’s got soul but no edge. It’s full of soft corners and sensitive emoting but no attitude. The band freely admits to being inspired by Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac and Bryan Adams.

Not Safe Around Here

New ep from Unarmed Enemies (plus a brand new song from Le Sport)

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006


Unarmed Enemies has a new ep Show Me Your Plans out on March 6 on Songs I Wish. It’s not that different from recent music from Le Sport or Gentle Touch but I respect that Songs I Wish clearly knows and loves their electronic pop niche. You’ll probably not be hearing any loud alternative rock from them any time in the near future.

Show Me Your Plans

Speak of the devil, a Le Sport remix

Show Me Your Plans
(Remix)

The video too

Show Me Your Plans video

Speaking of the devil again, here’s the new single from Le Sport from the forthcoming album Euro Deluxe Dance Party (Songs I Wish, April 4).

It’s Not The End Of the World

New from Antennas (Novoton)

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006


I’ve written about Antennas on multiple occasions but if you weren’t paying attention you might have missed out. My first post was on the band Novak (they later changed their name to Antennas) and I wrote about them in another post as a sort of an aside (they were not the main thrust of the post).

They really deserve their own post and with the arrival of their new album that’s what they’ll get. They’ve had a mini-hit with the first single “Always On My Mind” and while they claim lo-fi asethetics this album has a pretty high sheen on it. In fact “Always On My Mind” shares more in common with late era Cure (Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me) than something truly lo-fi like Let’s Be Honeys. But let’s not split hairs, enjoy these two songs from the new album Sins on Novoton.

Always On My Mind

Adapt

New from Voices and Organs (Western VinylP

Monday, March 13th, 2006


Voices and Organs is led by Per Lindmark. This is their debut record and it was recorded in Sweden with Japanese machines and English vocals. According to the press material it’s a concept album of sorts taking place in an orphanage and following a girl and a boy though a lonely adolescence. These themes are not obvious, in fact if I had not been told I might not have discovered them myself. The reason for this lies with the obscured vocals and odd innstumentation which at times overwhelms the vocals.

This creates a mysterious and forboding soudscape that is off-putting but interesting at the same time. It’ll be hard to link to just one or two songs that are representative of the entire album so take that into account as you listen to these two songs from Orphanage on Western Vinyl (Madagascar, Salim Nourallah). Buy it here now.

Through The City

Nestlings

Timo Raisanen’s I’m An Indian (Razzia Records, March)

Friday, March 10th, 2006


Timo Raisanen is another up and comer signed to upstart Swedish label Razzia Records. His new album I’m An Indian came out a few weeks ago but the anthemic rocker “Fear No Darkness, Promised Child” has just lately been jumping out at me.

I know Swedish music fans love The Ark but that bands over the top delivery and high decibel rock sound is not for me. If you too find The Arc over the top, you may just fall for Timo’s propulsive Swedish alt-rock. More info on Razzia Records.

Fear No Darkness

New music from Naimi (To Whom It May Concern, March)

Thursday, March 9th, 2006


Naimi’s new record, Det Ar Jag Som Bestammer Inte Duo, comes out in sometime in March on To Whom It May Concern. I’ve already unknowingly linked to two of the songs off it here. Naimi makes lofi, off-key, mostly somber pop (oxymoronic huh?).

Miss You

Pa Latsas

Kroksjo

Swedes In The News (courtesy of Stereogum and Microlips)

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006


Stereogum’s got news of Nina Persson in a Swedish film entitled Om Gud Vill. Microlips has new stuff from ALARMROCK.

Brand new pop from Trouble and Strife

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006


I couldn’t do this site without my generous readers in Sweden who send me little tidbits all the time. Apart from a trip to Sweden (which I’m working on) this is one of the best ways to discover new music. So kudos to Emma S. for pointing me to the band Trouble and Strife and their new EP I Got A Plan.

Emma describes them as two 17/18 year old boys from Stockholm and that is indicative in their music as well. You can tell they’re young cause they wear their influences on their sleeves. But the naivite and innocence in these songs are what makes them charming. This is glorious under produced pop from Sweden and that’s just about my favorite thing in the world. Riyl Felt, Early Cure, New Order etc. for more info on the band and their music email them here – info@troubleandstrife.se.

I Got A Plan

Bonus song

Her Never Changed