Tobias Isaksson seems to be no a roll the last couple of years with his Azure Blue project, settling into a groove of releasing pop gem after pop gem; he released “Shine On” late last year, just a few months after the release of the excellent Fast Falls the Eventide. Quietly, Matinee Recordings has uploaded a new song with the promise of the forthcoming Images of You album. This song features steadied electronic pulses; Tobias excels at layering his sonic bursts atop one another until they seem like one endless pop pulsation. His voice has always had this natural soothing warmth, perfectly fit to his brand of pop…and this tune is no different. Look for the new album to come sooner rather than later, though no official date is out there.
David Josephson set his Nervous City Nervous Self project a lofty goal; he wanted to be Sweden’s Leonard Cohen. But, other than the poetic leanings and the deep vocal tones, Josephson is clearly branding his own pop adventure. There’s this gentle electronic pulse that moves the song forward; it’s right in long with countless other pop songwriters from Sweden…hook laden and easily digestible. A nice little piano touch rounds the track up, fading quietly into your Monday. In the video you get a trio of travels throughout the world, with a character I think we can assume is Josephson itself…watch below to see where he goes!
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.
Looking for a quick pick me up on a slow Monday? Look no further than this banger called “Beggars and Buskers” from Swedish based rock n rollers Surfin’ Charlie. This is a short track, clocking in at just under 2 minutes, so you should have plenty of time to give it a chance. You’ll be treated to a loud, old school rock n roll song sure to pep up your day.
The boys in Surfin’ Charlie are working on the release of their debut album due out later this year on Rexius Records.
With vocals like Lissie and a sound sort of like Beach House, Swedish band Wy won me over with this new song “Tired II” today. It’s a beautiful song full of plenty of rises and falls, and of course powered by the insane lead vocals of Ebba. I’ve played it many time in a row and I’m sure you will be doing the same.
Wy will release new album Softie on April 30th. Pre-orders are up on the band’s bandcamp page.
Still playing a little catch up after being out and about all last week, and of course I’m going to slide right back into the world of Delsbo Beach Club. They seem to have crafted the perfect vibe for the rest of this Monday, giving us a pop song with just enough fuzzy edges to make us swoon. The song carries through with this natural bounce that’s gives seems to match the way the vocals come out, hopping along through the verses with melody hitting at the chorus, swelling as it crests through your speakers. They’ve got the new A Burger in Akersberga EP coming on April 26th via Rama Lama, so slide into these Monday vibes.
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.