I’ve never wavered in my adoration for The Mary Onettes, and with the upcoming Love Forever EP, it looks like I won’t have to change my position. You’ll probably notice a slight change if you’ve been following the band, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing. On this track, there’s a bit more of a studio polish to the daunting pop number, giving more clarity to the lyrical element than you might have found on previous effort Islands. You can find this track, and three others when the EP debuts via Labrador on February 28th. Try to hate this song; you just can’t.
Download:The Mary Onettes – Love’s Taking Strange Ways [MP3]
When I found this gem in my inbox, I tried to look up some info, as the hooks made it nearly impossible to ignore this group. In truth, there is little information on Alpaca Sports at the moment, other than that it’s a solo project of Andreas Jonsson of Sweden, filling out his sound with the help of friends. One thing is for sure, the Internet seems pleased with this tune, as its popped up in various places aside from ours. This single is extra playful, reminding me of recent tracks by Hospitality. If this track doesn’t get your toe tapping or put a smile on your face, please consult your doctor immediately.
Download:Alpaca Sports – Just for fun [MP3]
I have no idea what actually goes on over in Sweden, but in my head, the country is just full of people that sit around and write great little pop tunes. I discovered The Pale Corners (via OTR) this weekend, and really have been digging this pleasant little track from the group. It’s got a bit of an atmospheric wash that opens up the ground, but that quickly disappears into the background, opening up for a much more casual melodic hook to evolve. The string arrangements really add an extra bit of depth, but overall, the group just kicks into gear in the way only the Swedes seem to do–perfecting blissful pop.
Download: The Pale Corners – Fireflies [MP3]
You’d be hard pressed to find a better place to play than the current state of things in Sweden. One of those bands who hasn’t gotten too much press, but who deserves a great deal of praise is The Mary Onettes. Their upcoming Dare EP is set to come out digitally, with a physical release slated for June. Here is a taste of the title track off said EP.
Download: The Mary Onettes – Dare [MP3]
Swedish rock band, Soundtrack of Our Lives, have been hard at work on a new double LP (that’s right, double LP) and are streaming new song “Flipside” from the album on Rollingstone. The huge new album is entitled Communion and is due out digitally on January 6 & physically March 3rd. Anyone else remember the lead singer running out into the crowd at the band’s early ACL set several years ago?
Swedish pop group Love Is All has given us a new track off their upcoming album A Hundred Things Keep Me Up at Night. Have a listen to “Big Bands, Black Holes, Meteorites” right here:
Download: Love Is All – Big Bangs, Black Holes, Meteorites [MP3]