Posts Tagged ‘Sweden’

Malmo’s much-praised quartet of Caroline Landahl, Måns Leonartsson, Adam Agace and Lukas Thomasson release two glorious new tracks hot on the heels of ‘Siesta’, their excellent second album of last year on Fire Records.

“Swoony Swedish indie-pop.” Record Collector

“Too noisy to be indie pop, too sweet to be post punk.” Clash

‘Four Tries Down’ and ‘It’s A Mess’ further hone the band’s dream-pop adding extra allure through the musical interplay that coagulates behind Caroline Landahl’s ethereal vocal.

“Perpetually swaying between comforting and devastating” Gorilla Vs Bear reckoned of their debut album, ‘You Tried’ from 2016, and last year’s ‘Siesta’ was celebrated for being “nostalgic for ‘90s indie-pop innocence” by MOJO.

As their reputation gathers global attention, Hater have continued to blossom making a compelling slice of angular pop music that’s dysfunctional, dreamy, tempting and teasing.

‘Four Tries Down’ presents an acute hand-tooled angular rasp, with its chiming guitar chopped out against a disengaged rhythm, topped with the dreamy ambience of Caroline Landahl’s whispered confessional that cuts through the mesmerising hum.

‘It’s A Mess’ is more subtle, with a teenage Nico admitting to inevitable boyfriend trouble. Drums rattle before cutting down to the basics to let Landahls pontificate as it all goes wrong – it’s a beautiful mess. Beautiful.

London-based psychedelic stalwarts Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation are proud to reveal their third album ‘Sacred Dreams’ for Rocket Recordings. Continuing to dive into the deeper waters of experimentation, ‘Sacred Dreams’ is both a musically hefty amalgamation of reverb drenched space-rock and retro centric electronics, as well as an emotionally cathartic release for the band, marking a new direction and fresh approach.

Since their critically acclaimed album ‘Mirage’ was released, Josefin and writing partner Fredrik have relocated from Stockholm to London and have created a new Liberation around them – this new band consists of the powerful and intuitive assemblage of musicians; Maki (Go Team), Patrick C Smith (Eskimo Chain), Matt Loft (Lola Colt) and Ben Ellis, who’s worked with both Iggy Pop and Swervedriver. ‘Sacred Dreams’ was largely recorded at Press Play Studios (King Krule, Fat White Family, Yves Tumor, Stereolab, High Llamas and many others) run by Andy Ramsay of Stereolab, who also produced and even programmed his non synced drum machines adding a lot of inspiration to the album.

‘Scared Dreams’ invites you into the bands own dimensional soundscape, a world built with transcendental guitars, driving grooves and otherworldly, enchanting vocals, altogether seeped in layers of blissfully produced synths. Opener and lead single ‘Feel The Sun’ encapsulates this new direction perfectly before the anthemic ‘I Can Feel It’ makes the bands intentions known. Elsewhere playful 80s electronics sit alongside a shoegaze sensibility effortlessly and amongst the textured flow of the LP emerge pop hooks like the infectiously bluesy ‘Baby Come On’.

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Josefin tells us “This album comes out of a period of heartbreak, loss and dissolution, but also of deep love, warmth and beauty unveiled in the middle of it. A sacred dream, the way we see it, is not necessarily a golden fluffy cloud river, but instead also contains all the shadows that need to be seen and felt in order to drop what has to go in order to truly live. And the dissonance of such a dream may not be immediately apparent, let alone the meaning of it. In a way all of these tracks seem to emanate from that place where we have almost reached a new shore, or maybe we missed it and are headed somewhere else entirely, but there’s no way of telling until afterwards.”

released April 22nd, 2019

 

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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.

Jesper Lindell was the breakout star of 2017 on the Swedish music scene, when he released his debut EP. Produced by Benkt Söderberg, father and former producer of the world-renowned sister duo First Aid Kit, “Little Less Blue” presented a collection of songs that were equal parts soul, Americana and rock.

Lindell went on to star in the acclaimed show “Who by Fire”, a tribute concert to Leonard Cohen organized by First Aid Kit at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, where Lindell performed the Cohen classic “Chelsea Hotel #2”.

Jesper Lindell’s enticing debut album Everyday Dreams (out November 29th via Alive Naturalsound Records) is a clever mixture of rock, folk, blues and soul, performed by a 26 year old musician in love with classic pop, Stax-Volt R&B, and that old time rock & roll. The album finds the young guitarist/pianist/songwriter delivering an intimate collections of songs that could have been recorded in the late sixties. This is modern classic rock music, and hearts full of soul will fall in love.

“Stormy Waters”, one of the main singles on the new album. The song is a groovy nugget of throwback soulful rock and roll. Lindell showcases a voice that is completely original and well-suited to lead a band. Speaking of band, his conjures a subtle yet powerful sound, letting the music ebb and flow around the singer’s emotive vocals and the catchy choruses and harmonies. With its stomping piano and revelatory lyrics that feel like Lindell conquering life’s challenges,

Lindell shares his own story behind the song:

“When I wrote ‘Stormy Waters’ I was signed to one of the larger record labels in Sweden. I had just been to a meeting with the label and had played some of my demos, and the head of the company didn’t like any of them. And I remember feeling like a shipwreck when I got home. And that’s when I wrote ‘Stormy Waters.’ Though the song is not about that meeting. It’s about that feeling. And holding onto something that’s dragging you down. The songs I played for him turned out to be my debut album Everyday Dreams.”

Taken from the album “Everyday Dreams”

Since their formation in 2016, the Swedish indie-pop quartet Hater have released two EPs and two full-length albums, the most recent being last year’s excellent Siesta (released via Fire Records),  With Caroline Landahl on vocals and guitar, Måns Leonartsson on guitar, Adam Agace on bass, and Lukas Thomasson on drums, the band’s dreamy and oftentimes moody sound was augmented by some atmospheric lighting. Hater treated the crowd to a 13-song setlist spanning the entirety of their discography, including both sides of their latest 7”, “Four Tries Down” backed with b side “It’s a Mess”

As they are Hater are gearing up for their first-ever North American tour, and to promote it they’ve got a new 7″ single that’s out September 6th. Like on last year’s terrific Siesta, A-side “Four Tries Down” is dreamy guitar pop with a melancholy aura.

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Hater announce ‘Four Tries Down/It’s A Mess’ 7″ vinyl out 6th September

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Marti West sent us his latest song and we were instantly struck by how powerful and close to our own life stories it was. We’re incredibly grateful for the awesome people that joined us, such kind, giving, energetic souls that just went for all our ideas and provided their own amazing creativity. Enjoy ‘Give Me Light’!

Marti West is often on the move. Born in Massa Marittima, near Siena in Tuscany, the Italian-English songwriter spent his early years living in Italy where he was first exposed to music through local opera performances in the town piazza. Musical masterpieces by Verdi, Donizetti and Puccini were often heard through an open window and instilled a love of melody and storytelling at a young age.

Since then, he has lived in London, Oxford and Bristol studying music and always releasing songs along the way, before finding his current home in Gothenburg, Sweden. The sparse northern landscapes and minimalist aesthetic of the Scandinavian lifestyle have affected his work, and his mini-album “VIII” to shows a more textured nuance to the writing.

His latest single “Give Me Light” continues this artistic trajectory, placing ethereal vocals in an atmospheric setting drawing comparisons to Elliott Smith, Dustin Tebbutt and Bon Iver.

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Sometimes you need an amazingly crafted Swedegaze pop album, and sometimes that album will kick in your door, shower you with kisses, then proceed to back its time capsule steamroller over your face. Set your picnic blanket ablaze. Eat flowers while skydiving. Sleep beneath the waterfall. Absolutely gorgeous.

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Vocalist Julia Bjernelind going solo on vocal duties, adding a new sense of linearity contrasting with Last Forever’s male-female dialogues. From the previously mentioned burners to the relatively slow numbers like “Daylight”—still pretty fast, not to mention unbelievably dense—their self-titled works as a posthumous debut introducing themselves as a collective held together with friendship, as Bjernelind claims, and marked by an aptly floral cover design. Their beach-friendly riffs seem less an act of provocation and more one of pure optimism—a welcome disposition any time of year.

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.

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There’s a prevailing image of The Tallest Man of Earth — Swedish folk singer Kristian Matsson’s musical moniker  of a wayward, sometimes homesick vagabond in the constant pursuit of adventure.

Gotta say, I really wasn’t expecting to say this, given my love of the previous albums The Wild Hunt and “Shallow Grave”, but The Tallest Man on Earth has possibily just put out the best record of his career (and among my favorite records of 2019 so far). This is, what he should sound like, what he’s been trying to sound like the last few records and didn’t start to really get his footing on until the demo project a few years back and the EP he slowly dripped out last year. There’s an urgency to it, but a considered one, one that comes with time and heartbreak and rebuilding your life and figuring out what exactly matters. It’s lush in all the right ways and at all the right times, and bare in all the right ways at all the right times, and a combo of the two in all the right ways at all the right times. It’s an astoundingly gorgeous and engrossing album, and I’m so glad we finally hear the sound he’s seemingly been chasing for over a decade.

The Tallest Man On Earth’s album ‘I Love You. It’s A Fever Dream.’

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Hater was coming to Dijon 3 days before the gig.. so FD contacted the band via facebook very quickly for a session at the end of soundcheck and the answer was « yes ! ». We recorded the tracks twice, in live condition. Really nice people, great LP with great pops songs. A lot of emotion in the vocals.

Session #186 : Hater (07/11/2018).

New album ’Siesta’ out on Fire Records on the 28th of September.

Tracks :

Fall Off ,Things to Keep Up With,

Venue : L’atheneum, Dijon. Recorded: 2018, november, 07th.

Recorded in live conditions at the end of soundcheck at the venue ‘L’atheneum’ in Dijon. Thanks to the band for their kindness, Fabrice for the lights, and to the wonderful Sabotage crew,