Tag: Sweden

Hater – ‘You Tried’ (album review)

Hater – ‘You Tried’ (album review)

Since their arrival in the spring of 2016, Hater have piqued the interest of tastemakers across the globe. It began with Radius, which was a three-song EP filled with warm and upbeat guitar-driven dream-pop. Their debut album, You Tried, takes their sound even further and offers even more intoxicating and memorable songs. Much of the album brims with a breathtaking […]

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El Perro Del Mar – “KoKoro”

El Perro Del Mar – “KoKoro”

In the last 2000s and early in this decade, the next great wave of Swedish pop music swept the world. Lykke Li, Tove Lo, Little Dragon, Nikki & the Dove, Miike Snow, and Icona Pop were among this group. Another name that also rose to prominence was Sarah Assbring’s solo project El Perro Del Mar. While Assbring is unflinchingly a […]

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Humfree Bug Art – “Eyeknees” (single premiere)

Humfree Bug Art – “Eyeknees” (single premiere)

Big things were anticipated from Swedish indie band Humfree Bug Art in 2014. The natives of Falun had signed with terrific Stockholm label Strangers Candy and their single, “Hawaii”, received buzz in their home country and abroad. They were creating music that was vibrant and refreshing, as they incorporated various influences and cultural sounds. They were like a mix of […]

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Melodic Tonic ’16: vol. 1

Melodic Tonic ’16: vol. 1

Welcome to a new year of new music singles! For this first serving of 2016, we’re serving up tunes from all over the globe to get your week kicked off with a bang.   The Sweet Serenades – “Fireworks” (Stockholm, Sweden) It is our pleasure to introduce you to Swedish indie rock duo The Sweet Serenades. Martin Nordvall and Mathias Näslund are old friends […]

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Club 8 – “Pleasure”

Club 8 – “Pleasure”

Twenty years ago, then teenagers Karolina Komstedt and Johan Angergård formed Club 8 in their hometown of Åhus, Sweden. At the time, they were more of a guitar-driven, pop band that dominated the airwaves in the early ’90s. Like all things in life, the duo evolved. Their tastes changed, as they began experimenting with new instruments and technologies. Their sound […]

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From Any Distance, Small Feet Sounds Beautiful in Their Debut

From Any Distance, Small Feet Sounds Beautiful in Their Debut

Stockholm, Sweden’s Small Feet has begun their career with From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like the Ocean (Barsuk), the latest in a canon of albums recorded by solitary, elusive men in bedrooms, cabins, or other intimate spaces. It’s the delicious, engrossing “cabin myth” of Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago and Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska. It’s indie-folk-hero Tim Showalter recording the first Strand of Oaks album in […]

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Two Year Vacation – “Straight Home to You”

Two Year Vacation – “Straight Home to You”

Location: Gotherburg, Sweden Members: Two Year Vacation are a mystery, but their music is cool. For those who like: Cymbals Our take: While Two Year Vacation are a bit of a mysterious group, their combination of orchestral pop and ’70s indie pop is fantastic. Their new single, “Straight Home to You”, is a soaring, euphoric number. The flourishes of the flute is […]

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Twitter Tuesday: Pokal

Twitter Tuesday: Pokal

Twitter Tuesday: Pokal Pokal is  our Twitter Tuesday artist. Pokal is possibly a one man outfit out of Stockholm, Sweden producing what the band describes as “cloud pop”. The only band member listed on Facebook is Arne Barlindhaug Ellingsen so we are guessing it’s a one man show. Cloud Pop is a pretty accurate genre description as the harmonies are light and airy along […]

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Nottee – “Do You Love Me”

Nottee – “Do You Love Me”

  Who is Nottee? Not too much is known about her other than she’s an artist from Sweden who dazzled the online music community in 2010 with a couple of singles, “Control” and “Young Modern Life”. That caught the attention of Sony Music Sweden, who released her debut album, Side by Side, in 2014. The record was filed with 10 […]

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Video: Sofia Talvik – “Big Sky Country”

Gothenburg, Sweden’s Sofia Talvik embarked on a year and a half tour of the United States. The tour went through 37 of the 50 states, and Talvik found herself inspired by the places she saw, and the people she met and wrote “Big Sky Country”, which unsurprisingly is a very Americana-style track. The video for “Big Sky Country” is full […]

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First Impressions: The Tallest Man on Earth – “Dark Bird Is Home”

First Impressions: The Tallest Man on Earth – “Dark Bird Is Home”

The Tallest Man on Earth is Swede Kristian Matsson and he has been creating memorable folk with his rustic, gravelly voiced tunes since 2006. Dark Bird is Home is his fourth, full-length album release. The album will be out on Dead Oceans May 12 and we take a listen as the album is streaming over at NPR and we share our […]

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Video: Pikara – ‘This Hollow’

Video: Pikara – ‘This Hollow’

Pikara is the solo project of Danish/Swedish singer-songwriter Sara Johanne, of the band Susurrus Station.  On the 24th, Pikara will release their third record, This Hollow. Her last release, 2011’s Constellations is mostly instrumental, featuring intertwined loops of strings, it’s weird but captivating nonetheless. This Hollow seems to be more in line with her self-titled debut, Pikara, full of stunning, […]

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Westkust – “Swirl”

Westkust – “Swirl”

“Swirl” is the dazzling single from Gothenburg, Sweden quintet Westkust. It’s a catchy, brilliant song that blazes with the indie pop-rock of The Raveonettes coupled with the catchy beats of The Go! Team. “Swirl” is the lead single from their forthcoming album, Last Forever, which will be released by Swedish indie label Luxury on April 22. You can pre-order the […]

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Patrik Wennberg – “Välfärdens färd över världen”

Patrik Wennberg – “Välfärdens färd över världen”

“Välfärdens färd över världen” by Gothenburg, Sweden songwriter Patrik Wennberg is a dreamy, indie folk-pop track. It has a cool, breezy vibe that you can hear over and over again. The video matches the beauty of the song. Using footage taken by his grandmother in 1960 while using a Super 8, it shows that music has long been a part […]

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Polar Bear & King – “Rosehip”

Polar Bear & King – “Rosehip”

“Rosehip” by Sweden’s Polar Bear & King is a dream-folk song that is quite mesmerizing. The single was released by Swedish digital label, 100 Songs, which only releases singles and many of them as brilliant as this tune. On this single, the Swedish duo mix the folk-pop of First Aid Kit with the lush, dream-pop that is coming out of […]

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Sarah MacDougall – “Grand Canyon”

Sarah MacDougall – “Grand Canyon”

Sarah MacDougall has quietly made her name for herself for her indie folk-pop. Born in Sweden and now residing in beautiful Whitehorse, Yukon, MacDougall has received accolades in the UK and has had songs played commercially in Europe. With the arrival of her third album on Tuesday, MacDougall will be seeking to translate her success overseas to her new homeland […]

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The Amazing’s Sublime “Picture You”

The Amazing’s Sublime “Picture You”

Very few bands have been able to recapture the lush, dreaminess of the ’70s LA Music Scene, which formed the basis of today’s surf rock and post-rock movements and has influenced the rise of indie folk. Midlake is probably the one band that has mastered the sound of that era, and right behind them are Sweden’s The Amazing. The band […]

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Summer Heart, “Beat of Your Heart”

Summer Heart, “Beat of Your Heart”

“Beat of Your Heart” from Swedish indie, dream-pop singer, David Alexander, a.k.a. Summer Heart, is a delightful tune that will bring sonic sunshine to these cold February days. It’s part of our Weekend Showcase for February 13, which you can check out here.

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Sweden’s The Land Below, “Don’t Trust the Rain”

Sweden’s The Land Below, “Don’t Trust the Rain”

There’s a lot of great music coming out of Sweden, and I’m not talking about ABBA, Ace of Base, Roxette, The Knife, Miike Snow, Little Dragon, The Radio Dept., or even First Aid Kit (although they’re all pretty awesome in their own right). Last week, indie electronic-psych rockers, Makthaverskan, released a new single as part of a forthcoming 7″. El […]

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El Perro del Mar – “An Eye for Gold”

“An Eye for Gold” is the unreleased demo from El Perro del Mar, the wonderful pop songstress from Gothenburg, Sweden. The track is part of a special, deluxe edition to mark the 10th anniversary of her critically acclaimed, self-titled debut album. It’ll be out February 17 via The Control Group. Can we get a woot?

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