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Stockholm four-piece Melby have constantly been growing since their debut with catchy single ‘Human’ in 2016. In 2019, the band released their acclaimed debut record ‘None of this makes me worry’ which was followed by tour dates all over Europe. During the pandemic in 2020, the band have worked on new material in a new way. From these sessions, we’ve previously heard ‘Common Sense’, ‘Old Life’ and ‘Somewhere New’, on April 9th the indie pop gem ‘Magic’ follows.

On ‘Magic’, Melby continues to cement their role as one of the most interesting Scandinavian acts around, a band so home and accomplished within their sound that they’re now ready to continue to experiment with it without losing their characteristic. The new material was mainly written and straight-away recorded in the studio in close collaboration with producer Alexander Eldefors, this is a completely new way for a band that previously in many cases have toured material for years before recording them

The band often gets compared to fellow Swedes Dungen and Amason but Melby’s dynamic sound, with influences from folk, psych, indie and pop, stand out. The quartet’s light, semi-psychedelic folk pop is led by Matilda Wiezell’s enchanting voice which fits perfectly with Melby’s unique musical landscape – a sound that’s been called “otherworldly, and wholly brilliant” by The Line of Best Fit.

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Are from the band tells us about Magic: “I feel like Swedish culture has a very low tolerance for expressing imagination. Stockholm in particular is a place that demands extreme realism, concrete explanations. This can be really frustrating, and Magic is kind of a free association on that theme, wrapped in a polite, straightforward pop-tune.”

The band consists of Wiezell, Are Engen Steinsholm (back-up vocals, guitar), David Jehrlander (bass) and Teo Jernkvist (drums) and formed while living together in a Stockholm shared housing. 

Released April 9th, 2021

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Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes is an atmospheric indie pop band from Stockholm, Sweden. Our debut album ”Sweetie” is finally here! Thank you so much to all of you for supporting us through the years, listening to our songs, buying our records and merch and coming to our shows!

And a special thank you to our Master Producer Emil Aspegren for recording, mixing and mastering! And of course a big thank you to Axel and Sixten at Rama Lama Records for believing in us from the start!

Behind the odd name Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes is one of the two bands that have been with us from the very start (the other being Melby). The band’s first single “Desire” went straight into our hearts and the thoughts of starting a label became more concrete since we already knew the band members. The band formed in 2015 after bassist/vocalist Tilde tweeted out “Does anyone/anybody know someone who wants to play in a band together with a bassist and a singer that haven’t played in a band for a year and are dying of boredom?”. Guitarist/vocalist Elias Mahfoud responded and the rest is history. Their dynamic and dreamy indie pop have constantly been developing during the band’s career and even though we’ve seen them more times than we can count we never get tired of it. When lead vocalist Siri Sjöberg lifts one end of her synthesizer and bangs her head in her signature move, you know it’s time to party with Stevie B

Siri Sjöberg (vocals, synth), Tilde Hansen (vocals, bass), Elias Mahfoud (vocals, guitar), Eric Boström Wallin (drums)

Dream-indie at its best” – Ja Ja Ja
The sweetest indie-pop songs to back up the incredible name”– DIY” Swoops straight into the part of your brain that’ll never forget it” – The Line of Best Fit This highly likable four-piece blend indie noir with dramatic dream pop textures with almost effortless precision”– Record Collector Magazine

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PNKSLM Recordings are beyond excited to announce the second full length from Stockholm’s Les Big Byrd. Consisting of Jocke Åhlund, Nino Keller, Frans Johansson & Martin “Konie” Ehrencrona, Les Big Byrd have been consistently one of the most exciting bands at the forefront of the Swedish Psych music scene. Following on from 2014’s “The Worshipped Cats” LP (A Recordings),“Iran Iraq IKEA” showcases the band perfectly with their strongest collection of songs yet.

Les Big Byrd’s second album “Iran Iraq IKEA” has been one of the best out of Sweden of the year, and we’re now on our third pressing! To celebrate, we’ve made a very special reissue, with an exclusive sleeve pressed with gold foil.

Keeping to the gold theme, the deluxe package also includes an exclusive matte gold coloured vinyl, and an exclusive Iran Iraq IKEA t-shirt – only 75 available!

originally released October 12th, 2018
Record Labels:
A Recordings
PNKSLM
Höga Nord Rekords

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We only need to hear the opening, warped guitar lines of “Deep Web” to find ourselves lifted out of our chairs and taken to somewhere far more glamorous and unhurried. Given that we first covered the track back in February of 2015, it’s no mean feat that it still retains such a sense of glowing magic and it remains a key component of Magic Potion’s debut album, which followed this year via Stockholm’s ever-engaging PNKSLM label.

Handily, for both us and them, such pleasantries weren’t only savoured for that track, and across this record the band deliver a multitude of utterly delightful guitar-pop songs that hang in the air like the summer’s most fascinating breeze. Led by the delightfully soft croon of a voice, the Stockholm-based quartet make good on their early promise, delivering a collection of songs that simmer, glow, and grab in all the right places. “Golden Power” is exactly that, a spirited message delivered with all the languidness we’ve come to expect, while “Jelly” rivals “Deep Web” for their most endearing moment, drifting effortlessly and captivatingly through dreamy guitar lines and a sumptuous atmosphere that will slow your day down to a crawl, no matter what situation you find yourself in.

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Originally released May 27th, 2016

Written, recorded and produced by Magic Potion.

I never imagined that The Radio Dept would produce a 1960s girl group cover. For me, You’re Lookin’ at My Guy only confirms the fact that genre aside, The Radio Dept  are fantastic songwriters. Whether it’s indie-pop or lover’s rock, the strength of their music is in the quality of their writing and delivery, particularly their choice of melody.
Could You Be the One is the perfect TRD ballad. That Bacharach-esque call and response between Johan’s vocals and that horn-sounding synth is heavenly. Pure genius.

By now, the Radio Dept. can do whatever they want and I’ll probably buy without even listening first. The A-side is a cover of the Tri-Lites 1964 single. The cover brings to light a 60’s soul influence that I hadn’t really noticed before now. It’s done in their own unique style. They seem to reach deep and go for throwback to Lesser Matters with more blown out guitars that gives it a more raw and lo-fi feeling. Even when they decide to pull a deep cut from the 60’s, this group continues to keep it fresh

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The Radio Dept have chosen to release a series of singles this year instead of an album, though they say that they’ll all be compiled onto one record when they’re done. So far they’ve just been digital singles but today, as part of Bandcamp Friday, they’ve offered up an actual 7″Vinyl. The a-side is a cover of The Tri-Lites 1964 single doo-wop-y “You’re Lookin’ at My Guy,” which they transform into jangly indie-pop a-la The Go-Betweens, complete with a lovely violin line. The b-side is an original, “Could You Be the One,” which is reminiscent of their early hushed, melancholy singles: “Guilty of wishing / You’ve been wishing away / Aching to be led astray / Anything to be the one that got away.” Both tracks are pretty great.

Band Members:
Johan Duncanson
Martin Carlberg

Released July 3rd, 2020

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Stockholm’s Les Big Byrd are back with their new EP “Roofied Angels” due out on June 26th on limited edition 12” vinyl and with the A-side and title track released digitally in May. Roofied Angels is the first piece of new music from Les Big Byrd since 2018’s acclaimed Iran Iraq IKEA LP outside of the instrumental “Snö-Golem” 7” from last fall and the English language version of the band’s 2017 hit “Two Man Gang” which was released in May 2019. The 7 minute fuzz-blizzard “Roofied Angels” might just be the best thing the band’s put their name to yet, melding Motörhead and Shangri-La’s influences into their krautrock infused psychedelic rock, while bringing to mind the heavier side of the band’s 2014 debut LP They Worshipped Cats and was recorded during the sessions for the band’s upcoming third full-length.
Releases June 26th, 2020

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I Break Horses is the musical project led by Maria Lindén. From her Stockholm base, the Swedish artist delivered an extraordinary debut album in the shape of ‘Hearts’, released by Bella Union in August 2011. Having last week announced their return via the track ‘Death Engine’, today I Break Horses have unveiled a visually striking video for new single ‘I’ll Be The Death Of You’ from their upcoming third LP Warnings, released 8th May via Bella Union Records

There’s a certain thrill in putting a playlist of your favorite songs on shuffle and eagerly anticipating what comes up next. But as I grow older and less exciting, I’m finding that there’s also a certain thrill in listening to the same song repeatedly—a practice made particularly easy when the song is approximately five minutes long, generally hypnotic, and never really progresses at any point. “I’ll Be the Death of You” is this idyllic type of song in its purest form, comprised of lullaby vocals and flatlined synth beats upbeat enough to never get stale. The softcore homicidal lyrics are pretty cool, too.

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Stockholm’s finest, Viagra Boys are back with an incredible EP. They’ve also announced some tour dates for November too. One of them being here in Manchester. Common Sense” consists of 4 songs that will unapologetically annihilate you. Sebastian’s voice never sounded better, and that sax will always be a welcomed sound on a Viagra Boys song. The title track feels like Sebastian having a word with himself, but at the same time you can think of about 5 people this song could be applicable to. We all know someone who may go too far and is a little too self-destructive. The way in which Sebastian sings this is like someone who is completely wired at 4am and is having a heart to heart with themselves. 

“Lick The Bag” where oh where do we even start with this. It’s a rebellious song, and you can completely imagine everyone going batshit to this at their shows. There is something so sordid and beautifully depraved about this, and fellow shrimps will be obsessed with this. Viagra Boys are an exciting band, and even that doesn’t do them justice. Their cult-like following and dedication from the fans is truly beautiful. Lick The Bag will hopefully become everything Sports has become. An iconic song for our generation. The thing is, Viagra Boys just put out incredible music and their songs just mess with your mind.

That’s part of the charm. Everything about what they do just corrupts your mind, and you probably wouldn’t have it any other way. I love everything about their slick style, and how they just do it their way. It is truly unlike anything else, and this new EP is a perfect demonstration of this.

“Sentinel Island” is probably my favourite track off the EP right now. I’ve played this one a few more times than the others. I love the instrumental at the end, and again it is one I’m pretty sure will be wild in their live shows. The EP ends on “Blue” this will break your heart. It’s so brutally honest, and it has this insane Blues feel to it. Think of Willis Earl Beal meeting Stiv Bators. It is powerful and soulful; it’s a bold way to end the record but it also shows us just how effortlessly brilliant they are.

Two songs on the record to make you gently weep, and two in the middle to make you just rip shit up! there’s no other band out there that you’d want to do this to you. You’re going to fall in love with Common Sense. It’s got everything you’d expect and not expect from them. The twists and the turns in their sound is what makes Viagra Boys a truly standout band, and this EP is just a little taster of what’s to come.

 

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As Swedish noise quartet Les Big Byrd release their new single,Snö-Golem we look forward to a limited edition 7″ vinyl due to hit the shelves soon. The Swedish four-piece Les Big Byrd appeared in the spring of 2011 like a freshly hatched egg, if not a noisy, mind-bending, reverb-drenched, guitar-heavy drone pop egg, but fresh nonetheless.

A limited edition 7” single released ahead of their imminent European tour, the heavy ‘Snö-Golem’ is the first taste from Les Big Byrd’s upcoming third album, due for release in the beginning of 2020. The Stockholm-based four-piece show off the krautrock influences in their sound more prominently here.

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Their sound is a melodic, melancholic, psychedelic masterpiece that is both manic and understated, you could pop this four in your headphones and lose whole days to it, it’s a glorious noise.

Their first release, single Zig-Smile, came with a remix by Carli Löf of Savage Skulls and Stay Gold fame and was met with rapturous applause from pretty much all corners.

Their first album, They Worshipped Cats, saw the light of day in 2014, and was described by Gothenburg Post as a heady mix of krautrock and psychedelics, and it is hard to argue with that.

The band’s second album, Iran Iraq Ikea was released in the autumn of 2018, and according to lead vocalist, Jocke Åhlund, it is about “ageing and feeling pissed off” with the wider world. If you haven’t heard of Les Big Byrd, “Snö-Golem” gives you a snippet of their heavier krautrock sound, it was released on September 19th digitally, the limited edition 7” vinyl is due on the shelves on November 29th.

Les Big Byrd is Joakim ÅhlundFrans JohanssonMartin “Konie” Ehrencrona and Nino Keller and their third LP is due out at the start of 2020.

Stockholm band Melby bring a mildly psychedelic and moody outlook to dream pop on debut full-length, “None of the This Makes Me Worry”. While the band favors strong, instantly earworm-y melodies and baroque instrumental choices, the songs here are just slightly too long, sophisticated, and altogether downbeat to be pigeonholed as sunshine pop. But there’s also a playfulness in Melby’s approach that recalls psych’s more childlike impulses, with Matilda Wiezell’s subtly emotive vocals contributing to the band’s balance of modern and warmly nostalgic sounds.

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Debut LP ‘None of this makes me worry’ out April 12th via RamaLama Records and Sinnbus

released April 12th, 2019

All songs performed and arranged by Are Engen Steinsholm, Matilda Wiezell, David Jehrlander & Teodor Jernkvist.