I usually don’t do these “clean out the email inbox” type posts but I am a little swamped with a couple of side projects so here goes. Thanks to all those readers that wrote in with recommendations and tips, I can’t possibly cover them all but I love all the input.
Most of these bands deserve their own dedicated posts though none as much as Harriet and the Harbringers. Harriet Ohlsson is in the quite happening Swedish band Hell Songs (here). that band has been signed to Hybris but her solo project is as yet unsigned. The picture below is from a recording session from Jan. of 2006. It’s hard not to compare her in a way to someone like Eddie Brickell and the New Bohemians but while there are similarities this band is more committed to improvisation and experimental (almost fringe theater) musical interpretation and almost fringe theater stage show.
Here are three demo songs from her quintet featuring Harriet on vocals and rounded out with acoustic bass, flute, cello and guitar.
I Miss You
Chris Magnussen from Hemstad has a sexy new project he’s calling Das Kometen. It’s beats and samples with a synthy overlay. You’ll be able to dance to if you have any rhythm.
Bat Boogie Theme
Lucky Misu is as prolific a Swedish artist as you’re going to find and that’s saying something. He’s made friends by sharing his music as it is released with all the music blogs writing about Swedish artists. As a result I suspect his fan base is growing and we should see him signed to the label of his choosing any day now. His blend of home studio electronics with pop song structures is appealing. Here’s one song from the new ep, Buy Me Some Time, but there are four more up on his site.
Run Run Run Around