All about that worldly indiepop sound, and Hater have been one of the finest purveyors of the genre over the last year or so. The Swedish act allow us to continue our journey around the world (already hit up Norway and Japan), not to mention they continue to grow in their songwriting. The first of the tunes from the bands forthcoming Siesta LP offers more of what they’ve given us at this point in their career; the latter tune has a little more sonic exploration, utilizing some horns to continue with the melody. The new record will be out on September 28th via Fire Records.
This Friday you’ll all finally get to hear the new LP from Sweden’s Kluster; I’ve been doing my best to hype up the band for the entirety of this album cycle. Today the band have given us one final tiny morsel before Civic drops. This track jumps in with the band dropping some angular post-punk vibes, though they also carry a sort of arty side in the guitar sound, akin to early Field Music. Linnea’s steady voice helps keep the jittering ship stable throughout, all the while offering a slight bit of pop sensibility to keep listeners coming back. Their debut album is being released by Rama Lama Records; grab it HERE.
Two things that I adore unite together in this joyful track from Red Sleeping Beauty; you get indiepop and you get an homage to soccer. This track is being labeled as the unofficial Swedish World Cup anthem, thus the title of the tune. Heavy on the beats and high on harmonies is a sure-fire way to get right into my listening rotation. Hopefully this track can hold you over until the World Cup kicks off in a few weeks…or until the band wraps up their new studio album, which is rumored to be out this Fall.
As a local taste maker (that’s right I said it) I’m always looking for something new and unique to share with our fans and readers. Today I’ve been impressed with the incredibly unique sounds coming from Swedish by way of South America act Sudakistan. The band creates what they call their very own style of latino punk rock with a very Nordic, almost atmospheric take. Though it may sound a bit odd, I suggest listening to this new track “Two Steps Back” and bask in all its glory. This is surely the first latino-punk Swedish band right?
Sudakistan will release new album Swedish Cobra on September 7th via PNKSLM Recordings.
Everyone’s all about that PNKSLM over in Sweden, but another label that’s really been doing it for me lately is fellow Stockholm posse, Rama Lama Records. They’ve just set up another great release with this new single from Melby. The band definitely fits into our modern evolution of dream/indie pop stylings, though I think there’s just a hint more fragility in the voice…it’s almost like a crystalline object you don’t want to drop for fear of shattering. However, the song really excels during the chorus where the pace is picked up, guitars ring just a bit louder and the bass bobs along. For real, this song rules.
Make no mistake, this new track from Kluster is definitely a pop song. But, the band does it’s best to hide that from you, structuring the track so that only Linnea’s vocals come across as the pure pop attribute. The percussion seemingly uses a mix of drums and wood blocks, while the guitar shatters the melody at the most opportune time, again and again. Then, the song opens for a drifting atmospheric moment where Hall’s voice reigns supreme. Wood blocks carefully pop up, guitar chords trickle back in, then close it all with a brief bit of discord. This isn’t your average pop band, and they’ll be releasing their debut LP, Civic, on June 15th via Rama Lama Records.
Delsbo Beach Club are bringing in precisely what one would expect from the band’s name; they offer a poppy take on that Cali style beach vibe. Except, this group hails from Sweden, which is perhaps why there’s a dominating pop sensibility that runs throughout the tune. The vocals have a bit of distorted effect, which effectively encourages the ears to come closer to the speaker. With that, you’ll find a natural spring to your step created by delectable guitar notes. In the chorus there’s a slight turn away from the beach to a more intimate croon; it’s a swing of sorts, crafted in an indiepop manner. This single is full of promise, and it’s available now via Rama Lama Records.
Been listening to this new Boys track quite a bit this morning, continuing to find myself lost in the tune. Of course, I’m a sucker for anything opening with a piano as the backbone; you can hear the chords played in the background for the majority of the track, though they bounce up when necessary. While there’s a solemnity to the vocals of Nora Karlsson, there’s also this uplifting spirit that usually resides in the hearts of indiepop fans…most recently popularized by the likes of Alvvays (with a solid heart in Sweden’s pop). The song has this ornate quality to it that charms, presented so simply and openly.PNKSLM continues to release incredible LPs, and Rest In Peace should be no different when it drops on May 11th.
There’s always a cycle of nostalgia in the music landscape; someone’s circling back to something in their record collection and presenting it in a new fashion. Thus, I introduce you to Sweden’s New Feelings. The band have just released their new single, and it’s striking from the moment the operatic vocal reaches through your speakers. The rest of the band strips things down, crafting a delectable club presence, equal part 80s retro and modern pop. As of now, this single is just a first step into what we hope are huge things from the Swedes; their new Introducing EP is being handled by Rama Lamafor a release on April 13th.
It’s totally cool if you’re drawn into this new Salt Lake Alley tune because of the seductive indiepop vibe that opens the band’s latest single. But, don’t go too far down, as the band burst forth with a blast of pop rock that kicks in with an swagger. Still, the melody is the bread-and-butter of the tune, so they spin back to the soft pop stylings for the kids. A lot of movement within the confines, guaranteeing you won’t find yourself bored when you listen to this track on repeat. This track is the A side to a new 7″ the band are releasing with esteemed label Cloudberry Records later this Spring.