Archive for the ‘Swedish Indie Rock’ Category

{MP3} MAKTHAVERSKAN – “German Boy”

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

I was stumbling around the net (Myspace in particular) and came across this band called MAKTHAVERSKAN. I have since learned they are signed to Luxury. Consider this your introduction to the new “it” band from Gothenburg. They are agitpop combined with postpunk and little bit of Joan Jett tunefulness.

German Boy


Monday, June 8th, 2009

Carolina Wallin Pérez plays in or fronts literally half dozen groups in and around Stockholm. She has a solo record due out in the fall and a Kent cover available now as a single. But it’s her group with Kristin Amparo Sundberg called STRiKE that I’ve got for you today.

These demos are drum and bass, but not the techno version, it’s really just drum and bass (and vocals). I imagine when/if they get fleshed out a bit they’ll be a little more polished, but the energy is there and the song too. Enjoy!

It Would Do You Good

Gorgeous POP from The Late Call (plus new song/EP from Little Big Adventure)

Monday, March 16th, 2009

I’m really supposed to be previewing the Swedes at SXSW. But when I heard about this debut record from The Late Call being put out by the very fine German label Tapete everything else was put on the back burner.

The Late Call is really just one guy (+friends) from Stockholm named Johannes Maye. His debut record is called Leaving Notes and 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. He’s joined by Andreas Söderström (ASS, RUBIES, TAKEN BY TREES), Elias Åkesson (Stockholm’s ELIAS & THE WIZZKIDS), BJÖRN KLEINHENZ and Henrik Roger (GHOST OF TOM JOAD).

“Linnea” is an example of the gorgeous pop you can expect from The Late Call. Lots more info on this project here.




A band I’ve been writing about faithfully since 2006 (here, here) has been newly signed and minted by Labrador Records. I don’t think I should ignore them now that they’ve made it. So here’s their first single and the title track off Little big Adventure’s upcoming Labrador release.

The Hateful Eye

Bonus mp3:

(Erik Hallden cover)
Everything’s Going to Be Alright

New Mats Udd directed video for the song “Fuglesang” by Existensminimum…

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

…complete with donkey-headed, bikini-clad zombies.


The best Swedish single of the new year (so far) – Rena Rama’s “Klass 6B”

Friday, January 16th, 2009

You can get pretty jaded pretty fast doing a music blog. The daily deluge of PR emails, lame band recommendations and mp3 links is truly astounding. So it was refreshing to barely get an email that didn’t really contain an mp3 of the debut single off of Rena Rama first record. See, Rasmus Ek from the band acknowledged that he was crap with computers and didn’t know if the file he sent was an mp3 or not. It wasn’t (it was a goddamn .wma file). Anyway I converted it to an mp3, but that’s besides the point. The point is that here’s a band that has made the music first and foremost and not the marketing and promotion. You won’t hear about them on any other site, but this song is simply drop dead gorgeous.

“Klass 6B” is hard to quantify or pigeonhole. It’s very rhythmic without being over come with electronic beats. It’s very joyous too, but I expect the lyrics aren’t all sunshine and puppy dogs. Rasmus sites influences as diverse as Timbuktu (Swedish hip-hop artist), Laleh, Maia Hirasawa and The Beatles. But there’s clearly a touch of jazz and perhaps some Eastern European folk in “Klass 6b”. Add to that the children’s voices in the background, an umpa umpa tuba, a catchy sing-along section, and a muted trumpet and you have the Swedish song of the new year.

The band is unsigned out of Stockholm and is preparing to release their self-titled debut on January 27 with a release party and show that night at Debaser Slussen.

Klass 6b

Lowood “Close To Violence” (NONS, March 25)

Friday, January 9th, 2009

The new record from Lowood is ready for pre-order. It will appeal to fans of The Primitives, Eurythmics, and even Blondie. The band is signed to NONS and they have set a March 25th street date. Here’s a couple of songs off it, including the single “Crash”.



The Argument

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

I was on a Malmö kick a few weeks back and one of the bands I sneaked in with little comment was the group The Argument. As I said at the time the band is made up of members of Big Strong Union and Bakers At Dawn. These guys are all part of the unofficial Canarie Records co-op. The sound is either unstructured pop or tightly controlled experimental rock, pick your poison.

The new record Summer/Winter Nights is pretty rough production wise, but the energy and the songs on there point to good things in the future from this band

The Argument’s new record is now available in full from here.

The Air I Breathe

Malmö is the new Göteborg (New Music From Bakers At Dawn and The Argument)

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

It seems that way with all the collaborations and cross polination that’s going on. For instance there is a new record from experimental pop group Bakers At Dawn, as well as something from a new group comprised of Marcus from Bakers At Dawn and Niklas from Big Strong Union. That group is called The Argument.

You can download a .zip of the new Bakers at Dawn record here or listen to a new song at their Myspace page. Here are the songs I like from each group.

First You See Me, First You Don’t

The Argument

Forget About The Politics

“Run Rabbit Run”

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

What do Bela Lugosi, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Alice Coltrane have in common? Not much I wouldn’t think but they are all listed as influences of the Malmo based group Death and Vanilla. This is the only song up on the band’s Myspace page but it’s a pretty good indication of what the band is capable of, as well as being an amalgamation of all their other influences (Nico, VU, Suicide, Current 93 and Sun Ra).

Run Rabbit Run

Adventure Kid revisits/remixes I’m From Barcelona

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008


There were a couple of big developments when I was away last week. I wrote about the biggest yesterday (Hello Saferide anyone!?). And today I write about the most amusing. Adventure Kid released his remix/re-imagination of the new I’m From Barcelona song Music Almost Killed Me. Like his earlier work he has a knack for combing video game blips and beeps with disco beats and some pretty fine remixing.

Music Almost Killed Me
(Adventure Kid Remix)

Detektivbyrån’s Back!! New LP “Wermland” Available For Pre-Order Now!

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Detektivbyrån used to be the best under discovered band in Sweden. Anything this good (regardless of its lack of mass appeal, limited commercial potential or even the fact that it lacks lyrics) will find a place in the world. Whether this gets discovered through placement in advertisements, film soundtracks, or hopefully written about on countless blogs, Myspace profiles or Twitter updates (I’m looking at you James Gunn, and don’t try to hide Alexandra I can see you too) is up to you. All it should take is a little bump to put this band into the consciousness of the right people that will enable them to reach a broader audience.

I’ve been writing about the band for years, but amazingly their upcoming release, Wermland, is their debut LP. So this is not one of those bands that comes from nowhere only partially formed (Cold War Kids, Vampire Weekend). The songs on Wermland don’t stray far from what got them here. And that is a combination of traditional folk, gypsy, circus and world sounds combined with modern (and not so modern) electronics (often home rigged). It’s so hard not to compare this band’s music to film so I won’t bother restraining myself. “Om Du Moter Värg” starts out like music from the next Tim Burton production, but rather quickly becomes something you’d expect to hear in a Wim Wenders or Werner Herzog film. And that’s because it’s music of dreams. And dreams are what the films of those three visionaries are closest to.

A release date of September 3rd has been set for Wermland, but you can pre-order the record now here (Sweden) or here (Int’l).

Om Du Moter Värg

P.S. If you liked this there’s an ever so slight chance that you’ll be smitten with Kirsty McGee’s “vaudebilly” over at Songs:Illinois (sorry for the shameless cross promotion).

New Feedback Drenched Shoegaze EP From The Greencoats

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

Even if the new shoegazey EP by the Greecoats didn’t sound at all like The Jesus And Mary Chain I’d still make the comparison since the band’s first single is called “Honey”. Remember all those J&MC songs about honey, at first it was cool but after a half dozen or so it was kinda like “what’s so great about f#@king honey?”

Anyway this “honey” starts and ends with a blast of distortion. The rhythm guitar is so thick you could cut it with a knife. Over it all soars the lead vocals of Ramo Spatalovic. Buy the new EP here.


Esaias Orchestra

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Esaias Orchestra from Lund describes their music as Alternative/Rockabilly/Pop but in the States I think it’d be thrown in the gothic-emo category (if that even exists). It’s pretty over the top stuff emotionally, causing the band to occasionally veer into Coldplay like howls and high pitched squeels. But here I like it (with Coldplay not so much!).

“Do You Clap Your Hands” is a new song and will be on an upcoming 2008 T.B.A. release on the Swedish label BaBa Records. “Her Hands Again” is from an earlier EP called But Hey Take A Cookie Instead.

Do you Clap Your Hands

Her Hands Again

New song from Houses In Motion

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

I first heard of the Malmö based band Houses In Motion when Hans from the band collaborated with Vit Päls. It’s taken me a while to track the band down, but it looks like I had good timing since two new songs have just been added to their MySpace page.

“Pass This Season” is a low key indie rock song (until the horns kick in!) about trying to get through a bad spell.

Pass This Season

Swedish teenage sisters form First Aid Kit (Rabid Records, April 9)

Monday, May 5th, 2008

For a while it seemed like male duos of the electronic pop bent was all that Sweden could produce. Perhaps the tides are turning with First Aid Kit. The duo is made up of sisters Klara and Johanna. The girls are young, still teenagers. Demos on their MySpace page drew the attention of Rabid Records (AKA The Knife). And the rest is history.

The debut ep came out in Sweden on April 9th. It’s called Drunken Trees. Buy it here.

Cross Oceans

Folke (w/members of The Tiny, Laakso, loney, dear and Tape)(plus a new video from Anna Järvinen)

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Folke is the not quite ready for mainstream project of jazz bassist Torbjörn Zetterberg. The new record features members of The Tiny, Laakso, Loney, Dear and Tape. This info is all via It’s A Trap. Don’t thank me for any of it. In fact, the mp3 is from the Swedish language alt-rock publication Panda.

Compare to The Flaming Lips, The Radar Bros, Mercury Rev or fill in the ________. I think the self-titled record is out now on Finest Quality. You should be able to find it on KlickTrack.

Stuck On A Dirty Sole

The video for the single “Foolish Boy”

New video from Anna Järvinen for her single “Kom Hem”


Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

At any given time Lothar may have as many as 5 guitars up on stage. You can hear the result on these two demo’s. Swirling, buzzy, chunky, fuzzy, slashing guitars fight for dominance against Nathaly’s vocals. Think a heavier Cranberries or a more abrasive sound than The concretes.

Our Days Will Pass


Detektivbyrän – Pt. 2 In The Making Of The Debut Album Video

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

The making of the debut album from Detekivbyrän, Pt. 2:

The Higher Elevations – “Breaking the News” (But is it Art?, Feb. 21)

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

The Higher Elevations have released their new single called “Breaking The News”. This song has a slight 60′s garage sound but also brings to mind the grandeur of the euro-rock of The Chameleons and The Stranglers.

The album from which it comes, The Protestant Work Ethic, is out digitally on But is it Art? and physically on Time For Action.

Breaking The News

Australia Loves Swedesplease plus a new song from Paper (RIYL The Fall, Gang Of Four, eary Cure)

Monday, February 4th, 2008

Welcome visitors from Australia. Like the article in the Courier Mail said, you won’t find much in the way of popular Swedish pop or rock here. Instead what you’ll find here at Swedesplease is some of the plethora of undiscovered independent artists that Sweden produces. We link to only free and legal music, so no guilt involved (and no we didn’t break the band Shout Out Louds).

Anyway, just wanted to welcome you in person. Check out my other mp3 blog – the rootsy Americana site Songs:Illinois.


Paper’s been around for years as a side project but they claim to be finally getting their act together. Through an arrangement with Novoton their new ep will be released through that label and digitally through the Swedish digital store – Klicktrak.

The new 4-track EP is called This Is To Her and is available this week. The band used to stick primarily to the garage rock of the 60′s but of late they have a more shoegazey/late 80′s Europunk sound (reminiscent of early Gang of Four, The Fall, Echo and The Bunneymen etc). I’m liking the single “To Her”; hope you enjoy it as well.

To Her