You know I love Julia Rakel; I was really pushing her indie fEElz EP earlier this year. She returns today with this brand new single, a sort of hazy ode to summer time. Her production is always spot on, and the little musical accents here really help create that sort of sunny blur that only means you’re getting closer to that oasis; it’s a nice touch in the song’s latter half when she ties in a vocal counterpoint to add layered depth. It’s been a great year for Julia, and it looks like she’s going to continue that momentum going forward, so Happy Friday for that one.
Swedish act Kluster got a lot of time on this site back in 2018 with the release of their Civic LP…and now they’ve got a brand new single to share. This number definitely shows the band’s songwriting approach, filling in the track with these little twists and turns that take you on little jaunts within the tune itself. Guitars and fuzz weave in and out, but personally, I’m really taken by the build that occurs just after the 3 minute mark; the group vocals quietly rise until the guitars crash in and out noisily before a nice pop wash coats the top and draws the song towards its close. Give it a listen, won’t you.
Swedish act Cat Princess have popped up on this blog before, so I’m sticking to my guns in my appreciation of the group as they drop new single “Rocko’s Theme.” It’s the perfect mixture of all these little musical tidbits that I can’t quite put my finger on, or really figure out why I’m stuck so hard on this song…which is perhaps the best compliment I can give the act. It starts off with this sort of jangling guitar shuffle, opening up into a nice little crooned vocal, almost lounge act in presentation. Suddenly, you’re spun into this world of cult musical stardom like a Hedwig or RHPS; it’s a full on arty performance with just enough hooks to keep you tapping your toes. The band drop their debut on May 17th via Rama Lama Records.
I’ve been hyping Delsbo Beach Club since their creation it seems, and with their new EP on the horizon, I’m going to keep pushing you their way. Their latest single opens up with this slinky bounce, almost as if they’re channeling Madness…only in a more frantic fashion. Then the song takes on this gritty beach vibe, perhaps akin to recent stuff from Growlers. All of that gets woven around a tight rope of pop sensibility, executed in under 2 minutes so you can easily hit play and start all over again. At the end of the month, the band’s new EP drops via Rama Lama Records.
When we first heard Melby, it was easy to categorize the group’s debut EP as something in the vein of modern psych-tinged pop music. But, as we ready ourselves for their debut LP, it seems like the band have broadened their sound, embraced their pop leanings and charged into the unknown. This new single has the group carefully crafting a vast expanse of tight guitar work, leaving singer Matilda with this perfect playground to traipse about as she coolly delivers her lines. Here, the band is in no rush, drawing things out so as to captivate the audience; they’re begging you to just let yourself go and follow them into the unknown. None of This Makes Me Worry is out on April 12th via Rama Lama.
We’re just about a week away from Julia Rakel‘s EP release, so why not share another stellar number from indie fEElz. This track just reinforces the power of Rakel’s voice; she moves into the empty space left by the lush arrangements she’s crafted, filling it with these heavenly notes. Her range is strong, and I love the way she sort of hangs syllables in the air, then lets them fall quickly through the speakers. I think the last minute of this tune is quite special; it’s a drifting feeling accompanied by Rakel, fitting considering the art for the EP. It drops in full on March 15th via Rama Lama Records.
I’m a sucker for a catchy number, particularly if I can imagine myself dancing about amidst a group of friends in some dingy club. Sweden’s Cat Princess are giving me that vibe this morning, throwing slight jangles with just a hint of warmth beneath them; combine that with the percussive element and you have that natural need for a nice dance floor stomp. In the vocals there’s this sense of cool indifference, just sort of bouncing atop the mix to be sure you have something to lock onto when the song ends. The band will be releasing Forbidden Items in May via Rama Lama Records.
You can’t say I didn’t warn you, as I’ve had Melby on my radar for some time, but today might be the day that they appear on everyone else’s! The announcement of None of This Makes Me Worry brings a bright new single that, for me, clearly shows the band as this sublime pop force that don’t look to be slowing down. The song is this broad sweeping number, filled with this sense of restrained bombast…and some night nods of musicianship splashed throughout. This might be the best thing to come out of Stockholm this year, which we all know is great praise. Look for the band’s debut on April 12th via Rama Lama Records.
Julia Rakel is fairly new on our radar, but we’re huge fans of what’s going on over at Rama Lama Records, so we’re paying close attention as her debut EP nears. The outskirts of the song definitely meet at the apex of ethereal and dreamy, but it’s the core that really drives home Rakel’s songwriting. The first 2 minutes have her working with this minimal beat, synths hanging in the shadows while her production prowess allows her to work another vocal line atop her own voice; guitar lines dance loosely, but ever so briefly. Then at the 3 minute mark Rakel takes the song on her own, speaking in step with each line, floating the listener into outer space. Look for the indie fEElz EP on March 15th via Rama Lama Records.
Everyone knows that Malmo is a hotbed of musical activity for the masses, and let’s just add Julia Rakel to that list. She’s just released the single below, which shows her crafting this unassuming bedroom pop. It moves in slow over sampled beats, letting Rakel’s voice shine early on before it brings in light percussion that adds a touch of rhythm to the track. The song itself has Julia using the line “Please Don’t Fall In Love With Me,” to drive home the song’s thematic element, with Rakel calling it a ‘a sad one, with happy wrappings.” Look for a debut EP in March via Rama Lama Records.