Since their fabulous return, Red Sleeping Beauty have been working pretty hard on crafting delightful pop numbers, and today they release Stockholm, their new LP! At first this tune caught me off guard; it has a much deeper electronic pulse than the majority of the band’s work of late; it’s heavier and dark. But, the group are able to play upon that, working with melody that will never make you think of this track as a dark club banger. I mean, just listen to the chorus and delivery of the lines “New York City girls, New York City boys;” it’s the perfect balance of club hit and bedroom pop. I love this tune; find the album over at Matinee Recordings, out today!
By now you’re aware of my infatuation with Sweden’s Red Sleeping Beauty, who’ve been kicking around for decades with delightful pop music. Today, they announce their new album, Stockholm, with a bright pulsing number that’s sure to start off your Friday in the right fashion. Kristina Borg gets the start here, and the chorus allows the rest of the band to join, briefly; I’m a big fan of the “ooh ooh” that follow the chorus. Lyrically, the song calls out Winter in Sweden, which seems to create an emotional darkness, atop the natural onset of long nights…but don’t worry, they see the promise in Swedish Summer. Stockholm will be available on April 12th via Matinee Recordings.
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.
POKAL is a Swedish band new to me as of of today you should be listening to right now. Though breezy is a word tossed around a little too much nowadays to describe music, I can find no better word for this music. It’s bright, shiny, and full of a delightful bit of pop tendencies. Check out “Great Expectations” below and enjoy what I’ve been listening to all day.
We already introduced you to Stockholm based group Little Children last month and today we have even more new music to share. New single “We’re Falling” is a genuine, easy going pop number for anyone needing some bright sounds and happiness in their day. It maybe doesn’t have the rougher edges like many of the bands we typically promote, but I’m finding it catchy and uplifting regardless. I’m sure you’ll find something to like as well.
Pick up new Traveling Through Darkness on June 2nd.
With all this SXSW business going on, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed…you know, scheduling, advice, sleeping arrangements, etc. So, with that in mind I figured I’d just throw out this jam from Cape Lion to lift all our spirits. It’s a pretty straight-forward pop jam of the electronic sort. The Swedish duo craft the sort of jam you just want to throw on to get the evening dance party started for all your friends, so why not throw that party right now? Expect an EP from the band later this Spring…for now just enjoy the swelling pop sounds coming through your speaker.
Cape Lion proves to me that I should move the Sweden and start Stockholm Town Hall.
Nathan was a little worried this was too poppy. Bah, no such thing as too poppy, but it can’t suck. I like this track from a pending EP quite a bit. It has the big wave synth with soaring riffs and an M83-at-their-best feeling while having a pleasant pop sensibility. I see this as the soundtrack to a drive home. Get the timing right, pull into the driveway just as the last notes fade out…
I have the embed to stream right here, but head past the break for a surprisingly awesome live video they shot in an attic above their recording space.
I’ve really been digging this new track “Flesh & Bone” from Stockholm based experimental punk group Holograms since it dropped yesterday. It makes me think of what might happen if you mixed the hardcore tendencies of a band like Iceage with the more atmospheric qualities of a band like We Were Promised Jetpacks. If that’s a terrible comparison, check it out for yourself and make your own description.
New album, Forever, will hit the streets on September 3rd via Captured Tracks.
It seems almost too easy to call a band dream pop when they use dream in their name so I’ll go ahead and apologize now for that. This new electro pop sound called “Glowing” comes your way from Stockholm based artist Dream Curtain. It’s a shout out to our more elctronica, beat driven fans and our resident electronic expert B.Gray. I know those kids will dig it and I kind of do too. Enjoy.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Glowing.mp3]
Download: Dream Curtain – Glowing [MP3]
I Break Horses keeps showing up on my liked and most played playlists after several introductions around the web as featured new music. So, I decided to share this track.
Out of Stockholm, I Break Horses is Maria Lindén and Fredrik Balck. Winter Beats is definitely a slow build, a chilly shoegaze track. I love this stuff this time of year – just enough fuzz teamed with space and synth around vocals and calming layers of noise that are perfect for being lazy on a summer afternoon (indoors).[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/01-Winter-Beats.mp3]
Download: I Break Horses – Winter Beats [MP3]