Posts Tagged ‘Swedish’

First Aid Kit perform the title track to their new EP, “America,” on the David letterman Show. As the final episodes of ” The Late Show ” winds down  David Letterman has asked some of his musical guests to cover some of his favorite songs, with Tracy Chapman covering the late  Ben E King “Stand By Me” and John Mayer  offering his rendition of Don McLean’s classic song “American Pie” Thursday night, he welcomed Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit to play the Simon and Garfunkel classic “America” a song they had covered previously and released on a special Record Store Day Black Friday 10″ EP. last year.

Before the duo performed the song, backed by a pianist and (an unpaid, according to Letterman) string section, Letterman explained the reason why he asked them to play that particular song. According to the host, “America” was one of two songs, along with the aforementioned “Stand By Me,” that he used to sing to his son as a part of their bed time rituals when the child was young. After the performance, an emotional Letterman thanked the duo and noted that their performance meant a great deal to him.

Watch the performance,  including Letterman’s introduction.

 

If you were able to catch Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg live in 2014, you’d know that the song “Master Pretender” was one of the highlights of First Aid Kit’s set – the apex of their alt-country musings on the purpose of life and various other existential questioning set to a dusty desert lilt.

Following a year which included sold-out tour dates across the globe, a performance at the Royal Albert Hall and the release of their critically lauded album “Stay Gold”, they begin 2015 with the release of this track, and with it comes an animated video the band were wonderful at the Nottingham Royal Centre .

Swedish singer-songwriter Alice Boman released EP II + Skisser last year and one of the songs from that was just given given a video by director Christoffer Castor, comprised entirely from old home movies.

The vintage 8mm footage works well with Boman’s spare, delicate song and you can watch the “Burns” video

Says the director:

There’s a small abandoned cabin far into the woods of southern Sweden. It seems like nobody been living there for a very long time. It’s still furnished but others have been there, tumbling around, looking for valuables. They’ve missed out. What’s left is the memories of what i think is an older lady, a well-traveled lady. There’s a lot of old worn out suitcases in the attic and there’s a whole lot of handmade amatuer art hanging about in the cabin, from all over the world. In a shelf there’s lots of 8mm film rolls. All left for itself.I left the cabin that time and returned a year later. More people had been there and more things were missing. So i decided to borrow some rolls of film home with me. I recorded some of the films named “U.S.A.” and watched them. Maybe for the first time in over three decades.

Then I took the liberty to put together a video for “Burns” by using an unknown old lady’s memories.

 

Josefin Öhrn & The Liberation are a Swedish retro, psychedelic groove machine with busy bass lines, freaky drums, moody arpeggio guitars, keyboard layers and soft expressive vocals from Öhrn. Their songs have a self perpetuating melancholic dark beauty, a dreamy captivating sensuality and a sense of mystery with an urgency in the songwriting that keeps your eyes closed and your ears open. This is most definitely a band to watch out for in the future even if their inspiration comes from the past. A debut album is due early 2015.

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Swedish band Tula are the next band amongst others like “London Grammar” and “James Vincent McMorrow” to cover Chris Isaaks classic love song “Wicked Game” although Swedish the band are based in Germany and are a big part of the Berlin Club scene,the video with near pitch black visuals and the melancholy vocals.

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Swedish singer songwriter Alice Boman and another track from the latest EP aptly titled “EPII” the follow up to the excellent “Skisser” EP

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Sailor and I is the project of Alexander Sjoedin a Swedish Singer/Songwriter and a multi instrumentalist from the forthcoming album Tough Love

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Lykke Li and an amazing performance on KEXP radio, the Swedish singer recently performed a live session at KEXP’s studio in Seattle the new album “NEVER LEARN” as in the literal word, is a complete break up album check out “Sleeping Alone” and “Never Gonna Love Again” the darker heartache of love is a universal sentiment.