Archive for April, 2009

Swedish Video Roundup

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

The Roy Roxy Danche Orchestra medley “”Teenager In Love”, Walk of Life” and “Imagine”

Sparrow “Burn With Me”


Sparrow – Burn With Me from David Wramneby on Vimeo.

Lacrosse “We Are Kids”


Lacrosse – We are kids from Lacrosse on Vimeo.

Cilihili “Kitchen Circus”

Kitchen Circus

Gloomy electronica from xorb

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Just something quick today from the Swedish electronic artist known as xorb and his new ep Tiny Sattelites. “Square Air World” is gloomy electronica with hints of doom and death. It’s perfect for the world we live in that is presently gearing up for a pandemic of unknown origin and vigor.

Square Air World

I also wanted to post today so that I could direct you to Songs:Illinois and the new song from The Bobby Mcgee’s (here). L.O.V.E is a perfect blend of twee and indie pop with a big dose of sarcasm thrown in for good measure. If you have liked any of the Swedish indie pop I’ve posted over the years you will love this.

Afrobeat Movement – “Don’t Fake It”

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Afrobeat inspired soul/jazz/funk jamz from Sweden sounds like an impossible thing to hope for, but at this point, after many years of posting about Swedish music in all its various and sundry forms, I’m prepared to accept nearly anything. As long as it speaks to me.

And the loose improvisational, live-to-tape in-studio jams of Afrobeat Movement from Malmö certainly do speak to me. Maybe not my head but definitely my feet.

Don’t Fake It

New video/single from Lacrosse

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Hey,

How’s everything? Do you like the new Swedesplease shirt? They’re selling like hotcakes (in Cardiff and Spain anyway).

This is not the official Swedesplease music post of the day. But I did get this video sent to my by Lacrosse. It’s their first video/single from their new record Bandages From the Heart due out May 2 on the German label Tapete.. The song is “We’re Are Kids” and features a sing-along style chorus and some really bad dancing. It’s cute and the song reminds me of Poi Dog Pondering meets Talking Heads.

Cheers,
Craig

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Lacrosse – We Are Kids

Together at last: Hajen, Euphoria, Tvärvägen and Winter Took His Life Tour Europe

Friday, April 24th, 2009

I’m generally not a cut and paste music blogger but I couldn’t resist telling you about this tour:

September – Tvärvägen
Scapegoat – Hajen

Finally Hajen, Euphoria and the Lazy Boy, Winter Took His Life and Tvärvägen made it. On the 05.05. the “Dirtfarming and Logging ’09″ will start. A very unique and beautiful tour!

For this tour only, these four singer/songwriters from Sweden form a band and perform their songs together. Usually they are solo artists from Gothenburg and Stockholm, but in May they are on tour together through Europe. This is good stuff, please don’t miss it.

These are the dates:

05.05 På Besök / Malmö
06.05 MS Stubniz / Rostock
07.05 Kulturhaus 73 / Hamburg
09.05 Kulturpalast / Hannover
10.05 Bahía de Cochinos / Castrop-Rauxel
11.05 Malteserkeller / Aachen
12.05 Exhaus / Trier
13.05 D:qliq / Luxemburg
14.05 KIFF / Aarau
15.05 Zimmertheater / Tübingen
16.05 Pop Up Festival / Leipzig
17.05 Kultiviert Anders! / Leipzig
20.05 Z Live Music Club / Stuttgart
21.05 Musigbistrot / Bern
23.05 Kulturverein Provisorium / Nürtingen
24.05 Dimensione / Winterthur
26.05 Intersoap / Berlin
27.05 Klex / Greifswald
28.05 Hasenschaukel / Hamburg
30.05 Fängelset / Göteborg

As an appetizer the Swedish quartet offer a small tour-compilation which you and your people can download here for free: http://www.zshare.net/download/591209963fec62af/

More info’s and stuff to listen you can find here:

http://myspace.com/tvarvagen

http://myspace.com/hajensmyspace

http://myspace.com/wintertookhislife

http://myspace.com/eatlb

http://knoppar.blogspot.com/

Weird pop from Rolf Fabian off of “It Kills” (Background Noise, June 9)

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Music bloggers love to compare artists to other artists. In the case of Rolf Fabian it’s quite difficult to get a handle on who exactly he sounds like and more especially who else structures their songs like this. Sure he may sound a little like Jonathan Richmond and his songs do have a quirky feel to them, but there are also hints of The Mountain Goats, Connor Oberst or Bill Callahan (but not so tortured).

“Atishoo Sneezed Hank W” is the first single from Rolf’s upcoming album It Kills! on Background Noise.

Atishoo Sneezed Hank W

Aitishoo Sneezed Hank W (Acoustic demo)

Bonus songs:

DoE (och om en sommar en gang)
You Love To Say You Told Me So

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At Last: The NEW Swedesplease T-Shirt is ready to ship!

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

I’m very pleased to announce that the NEW Swedesplease T-Shirts are now available to order. They are based on the design of the new header image. Mike Lowry from Argyle Academy did the design work and it’s an honor to have this internationally renowned illustrator responsible for the new design. These are limited edition. I guarantee you you’ll be the only one on your block with one.

To order simply choose your size (m, l, xl) and your region (US vs. Int’l) over on the sidebar to the right. I have shipped the earlier model all around the world, so don’t be shy if you are from halfway around the globe.

(Big thanks to David Horn of Tick Tock Design for getting the shirts up on the site and working though PayPal).

Grrl Power via Upsalla – Descending Ivory

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Influences:

gang of four, she wants revenge, the vanishing, angelo badalamenti, siouxsie & the banshees, interpol, hole yeah yeah yeahs, joy division, nick cave & the bad seeds, arcade fire, richard hell & the voidoids, tom waits, talking heads, echo & the bunnymen, soft cell, amy winehouse, juliette & the licks, björk, xtc, queens of the stone age

Even if these influences were only partly true wouldn’t an all girrrl group from Upsalla called Descending Ivory at least be worth a listen.

New Song:

Blast From The Past

Swedish Video Roundup (Hello Saferide, Rigas, Florence Valentin, Porno, Lykke Li)

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Rigas “It’s A Shame”

Hello Saferide inspired fan video

Florence Valentin at Record Store Day “Pokerkväll i Vårby Gård”

Porno “Ugly Girls”

Lykke Li “Tonight” acoustic live

{Exclusive MP3} New song from Val Venosta

Monday, April 20th, 2009


(1st pic I’ve seen of this duo)

I’m going to write about Val Venosta til they drag me kicking and screaming from my keyboard. The band creates electronic dance music that always has a solid beat and usually adds just the right amount of processed vocals, robotic sound effects, and sci-fi samples. They just sent me this new song exclusively for Swedesplease readers. Enjoy!

These Days

Bonus

I Think Billy Wilder Would Like This
Womanizer
Kaleidescope
Union

Shoegaze from We Are The Storm

Friday, April 17th, 2009

What’s better for Friday than some emo/screamo/shoegaze? I’m not sure if anything is. Here’s We Are The Storm raging through the song “A Song For Our City”.

A Song For Our City

New track from Robert Svensson

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Here, by the wonder that is Twitter, is a bonus track and a new song from Robert Svensson. No Method Records is the best place for new and old Svensson.

I’m loving the emotional vocal delivery and the line “I was architecture and you were the wrecking ball”.

I Was Summer You Were

The Best Songs In The World (April Edition)

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Another great batch of songs from the blogger of MAP. There’s some amazing songs below – chenk `em out.

AMERICA: I Guess I’m Floating
4 Thing OneMop Yards
New Jersey’s Thing One have been on my radar since last year when I first heard a few tracks from their debut album You’ll Be Fine. Mop Yards brings traces of The Smiths and ELO into the new millennium with strange electronic warbles and dancey synth patches. Singer Joey Palestina creates a veritable summer anthem with the repeated line, “The heat is non-stop, hide the women in cop cars”. Whatever that means, Joey, I feel ya.

ARGENTINA: Zonaindie
4 Chau FanBoletos De Tren
Chau Fan is a boy-girl indie folk (or anti-folk?) duo from Buenos Aires, starring Micaela Quinteros and Marcelo Lares. They both sing and play acoustic guitar, and in this particular song Micaela does a charming harmonica solo. Boletos De Tren will be part of Zonaindie’s new compilation which features five songs from artists who have never had the chance to record in a professional studio (we invited them to the studio and helped them record). So consider this a MAP exclusive premiere.

AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?
4 Lisa MitchellCoin Laundry
So, yeah, this could easily be an iPod Nano commercial, but catchy accessibility is hardly a terrible quality for a song to have. Who really expected a former Australian Idol finalist to produce anything of worth? This is a lovely song and I hope it gets overplayed.

BRAZIL:Meio Desligado
4 HurtmoldMúsica Política Para Maradona Cantar
There is no other band like Hurtmold. You have to listen and feel it. It’s more than music, it’s an experience.

CANADA:I(Heart)Music
4 Dinosaur BonesNYE
Dinosaur Bones are currently attracting all sorts of interest on the back of their debut EP, and this song makes it easy to see why. They blend together The National’s world-weariness and a very English-sounding pop sensibility, with the end result something that’s entirely their own.

CHILE: Super 45
4 The Same SkyWe Sleep Under The Same Sky
The Same Sky is the music project of Joseph Simon, a 15-year-old Chilean who was born in Canada. It is precisely this biographic fact that can define his music – warm guitar sounds of slow rhythm alongside a smooth voice heavily influenced by bands such as Beirut, Arcade Fire and The National. The recent release of his first album (Two Hearts / Apart Under The Same Sky) supports this feeling of songs as a perfect soundtrack for winter days spent at home, enjoying the natural melancholy.

DENMARK: All Scandinavian
4 Ruhan DaisyWe Know You
There’s quite a bit of post-rock going on in Scandinavia these days, one brilliant act being this Danish quintet. It’s grandiose, funky with bits of (acid) jazz thrown into the mix and sports an equilibristic sense of detail. Ruhan Daisy’s crowning achievement, however, is their catchy pop sensibility driving the complex compositions out of nerd-country into the mainstream. At least that’s how it should be.

ENGLAND: The Daily Growl
4 Alessi’s ArkThe Horse
Alessi’s Ark is west London teenage sensation Alessi Laurent-Marke and here is the single version of The Horse from the Mike Mogis-produced new album, out next month.

FINLAND: Glue
4 PalmaRide Around
After a couple of years in the making, Helsinki band Palma recently released their debut album Be Bold And Mighty Forces Will Come To Your Aid. Palma refers to an old soda drink in Finland and the band, indeed, produce some refreshing indie-pop songs, rooted in the classic sounds of the 70s, and with a danceable groove. It’s retro and modern. For fans of The Soundtrack Of Our Lives and Supergrass.

FRANCE: SoundNation
4 SundogsSo Close
Sundogs are a French band who live in London but play in both England and France. The group is made up of two guys – bassist Jeff (“le petit blond”) and Pierre on guitar. The other musicians are French or English guests, depending on where they are playing.

GERMANY: Blogpartei
4 Lali PunaNin-Com-Pop
Lali Puna is another band from the great Weilheim circle led by Valerie Trebeljahr. Established in 1998, I consider them to have a higher creative potential than recently featured The Notwist, where her boyfriend and Lali Puna fellow Markus Acher is playing. Nin-Com-Pop is a song from their second album Scary World Theory. A new record will be released later this year.

ICELAND: I Love Icelandic Music
4 Lay LowLast Time Around
Lovísa Elísabet Sigrúnardóttir is a 26-year-old half-Sri Lankan, half-Icelandic singer, born in London. She sings under the name Lay Low and her music is a combination of blues, folk and country. This year, Lovísa has already supported Emiliana Torrini on tour and signed a record deal with Nettwerk. Last Time Around is on her third solo album, Farewell Good Night’s Sleep.

IRELAND: Nialler9
4 202sEase My Mind
There was a general air of being caught unaware in the Irish media and bloggers when this duo’s debut landed on their desks. Without any gigs and already signed to French label Le Son Du Maquis, their charming Primal Scream and Broadcast-indebted indie-pop has skipped a few hurdles without skipping on the tunes.

ITALY: Polaroid
4 Gazebo PenguinsWallabees
A punk band that quotes Alfred Korzybski? Yes, please. The Name Is Not The Named is the title of Gazebo Penguins’ new album and it’s full of powerful hardcore in the style of At The Drive-In, with a nod to Motorpsycho. Sharp guitars, heavy rhythms, driving choruses and smart attitude.

MEXICO: Club Fonograma
4 Mexican Institute Of SoundReventon
Mexican Institute of Sound is a solo project by the multi-talented Camilo Lara. He just released his third album Soy Sauce, another celebration of Mexico’s traditional music fused with funky tunes, electronica and the genre that’s getting ready to shake the world again, cumbia. MIS is an explosive adventurous musical ride of our rich culture. They are preparing to perform at this year’s Coachella festival and with songs like Reventon, it is sure to get the fiesta up in wild spirit.

NEW ZEALAND: Counting The Beat
4 Three Legged HorseRed
Red is the opening track on Down, the debut album of Three Legged Horse, a trio from Waiheke Island, around 20km offshore from Auckland. The band bring together the grungy dark introspection of lyricist/vocalist Bede Taylor, the smooth powerful vocals of Gina Higham and the musicality of Aaron Carpenter into a combination much greater than the sum of its parts. Red is a good intro to an extraordinary album that melds acoustic country blues with dirty guitar and vocal grit and growls.

NORWAY: Eardrums
4 Dylan MondegreenAnimal (Hiawata! cover)
For this month’s MAP I will present not one Norwegian act, but two. The performing artist here is Dylan Mondegreen, one of my absolute favourites in Norway. He is currently working on his second album, which should be released later this year. The song he sings is written by another favourite of mine, an indie-pop band from Oslo called Hiawata!. Mondegreen’s cover of their song Animal was a b-side on Valley Boys, the first single from their second album, These Boys And This Band Is All I Know, due out soon on SellOut! Music.

PERU: SoTB
4 AutobusVolver
Autobus formed in Lima in 2006 and released their debut album last year. Although they have a clear rock essence, they have electronic influences and a pop touch which sets them apart from their peers, so much so that many people are surprised by where they come from. They have made a good impression abroad, achieving their aim of drawing attention to the local scene.

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?
4 The ClitsLay Low
If there was a such a genre as electro-psychic-punk-rock-pop, The Clits would be the kings. It all started in 2006 when Carlos (guitars, keyboards and backing vocals) invited Ana Leorne (vocals) to form an electro-punk project, influenced by the riot grrrl movement and some of their favourite artists such as Joy Division, Bauhaus, Nina Hagen and Suspicious (another Portuguese electro-punk project). Their first record, The World Is A Mess But My Hair Is Perfect EP, was released in December 2007.

ROMANIA: Babylon Noise
4 PersonaMomentary Lack Of Passion
Inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s movie Persona, this band belongs to the new generation of Romanian musicians that bloomed after the anti-communist revolution of December 1989. The group’s members have been involved in the music scene since then, playing in several acts before forming Persona. Their music is, indeed, one of British influence but cannot be strictly labelled – the musical background and influences of each of the members, refined by experience and artistic maturity, blend together in the Persona genre.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
4 There Will Be FireworksForeign Thoughts
Bands of the calibre of There Will Be Fireworks are far too rare, but that’s not a bad thing because you’ll end up appreciating them all the more. Although TWBF seem like the perfect new students in Scotland’s renowned post-rock school, their take on the genre is far more moving and lyrically impassioned than anything that has gone before them. Foreign Thoughts, taken from the Glaswegians’ forthcoming eponymous debut album, has the beautiful intensity of a Band Of Horses classic and will stay with you long after its three-and-a-half minutes are up.

SINGAPORE: I’m Waking Up To…
4 AstrealSnowflake
Some may say that when you’re in love, the stars align. For Astreal, love is more of a cosmic collision course between stars and planetary bodies. In the unassumingly titled Snowflake, there lies so much destructive potential in a love so intense that, yes, even “the stars, they burn for you”. Taken from their second album Fragments Of The Same Dead Star, the song combines the melodic infatuations of shoegaze with the aural impudence of noise-rock for a blistering and haunting love song that almost borders on maniacal obsession. Is this love? That’s for you to decide.

SOUTH KOREA: Indieful ROK
4 ToxicbiasfleurivyParallel Assembly
GDM duo Toxicbiasfleurivy might not be the obvious choice for MAP but their latest album, Particles, provided an interesting exception from my usual listening when it was released late March. Electronic, experimental and pretty much the opposite of easy listening, the listener is advised to enjoy astral emotions while digesting this music inspired by quantum physics.

SPAIN: El Blog De La Nadadora
4 AnntonaNunca Es Tarde
Apart from his membership in the band Los Punsetes, Manu has a solo project called Anntona, in which he makes the best pop songs imaginable. He has just released his second album, En La Cama Con Anntona (“In Bed With Anntona”) which contains 10 fizzy and addictive pop pearls such as opening track Nunca Es Tarde.

SWEDEN: Swedesplease
4 The Late CallLinnea
The Late Call is really just one guy (and friends) from Stockholm named Johannes Maye. His debut album, Leaving Notes, chronicles the long distance relationship he had with his girlfriend. The record and this song has an organic feel on account of the mostly acoustic instrumentation. Linnea is a perfect example of the gorgeous pop you can expect from The Late Call.


To download all 25 songs in one file click
here.

New music from ska, reggae, hiphop mashup artist Fredrik Mikaelsson

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Can someone please explain this odd mix of reggae, ska and hip hop? Is there a big scene in Sweden that supports and purchases this music? I like it.

Anyway here’s a couple new songs from Fredrik Mikaelsson and a brand spanking new video for “Budskap”:

Budskap (with Vox Populi)
Mandela

Budskap

Jazzy Swedish R&B from Oh Oh!

Monday, April 13th, 2009

I can count on one hand the number of Swedish R&B bands I’ve written about. I’m sure there are plenty out there, but how many are doing their own material and not simply aping the Motown bands of the 60′s?

Oh Oh! is one. The band is small by R&B standards but still includes between 6-8 musicians. Helena Lundström is the lead singer and it’s her voice along with the strident arrangements that propels these songs forward.

Grass Isn’t Greener On the Other Side
Naked

Swedish Video Roundup (Ayda, Laleh, Dada Life, Ashi ALi)

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Ayda “Don’t Let Go”

Laleh “Walking On The Moon”

Dada Life “Happy Hands And Happy Feet”

Ashi Ali “Hurricane”

Jangly pop from Amber Oak

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Got this tip from the band themselves in a comment. More tips to cbonnell@gmail.com.

Amber Oak play a jangly type of indie pop. Still the song “Turn of Seasons” from their EP Your Missing Piece has some surprises throughout. Like a robust and tuneful lead singer, a strange instrumental change of pace toward the end of the song, and melodies hidden here and there.

Turn Of Season

Fuzzy, dreamy pop from Bakers At Dawn

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Bakers At Dawn occasionally forwards me their new songs. I try never to let the opportunity to write about their music pass by (here, here, here). I like that Bakers at Dawn are continually adding to and refining their sound. Unlike other bands that I write who polish their pop until it shimmers and sparkles, Bakers at Dawn have a rough hewed experimental pop sound that may be more satisfying in the long run. It’d be much too simplistic to just write this off to regional influences, but their certainly does seem to be a Malmö sound developing and its not your typical Swedish pop thang.

Here’s their new song “Same”.

Same

P.S. I’m twittering like a real twat here.

The Movers – “Soundscape EP”

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

I’m swamped. No time to post. Listen to the songs yourself and leave a review in the comments. The Movers.

P.S. These guys are doing a Swedish Invasion and playing The Beatles historic hometown club on May 23. If you’re anywhere near Liverpool catch these guys at the Cavern Club on the 23rd.

Atmosphere
Time Will Tell

Chris Auster -”Again and Again” (March 23

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Chris Auster is a tough swede to get a handle because he presents himself more as a prototypical American singer songwriter (Ron Sexsmith, Brett Dennen, etc) than a suave Scandinavian (Jens Lekman, Jonathon Johansson). Perhaps that’s because he’s spent time in the states as well as having influences that range from Townes Van Zandt to The Fleshtones to Bettye Lavette.

“Riverboat Gambler” is from his new debut recording Again and Again. Chris provided some context for the song below in his email to me:

It’s about an old drunken homeless guy down at pike place market in Seattle. I used to play in streets there, and this guy always came up to me and talked about all kinds of life philosophies, the world today, and economic problems, and how I should be doin’ something more useful with my life than playing music on the streets. it was a funny experience.
hence I came up with the refrain:

You better find a way boy, for success and better pay boy.
You better find a way boy, for that’s the world today. That’s the world today!

Riverboat Gambler