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.
Having already reached our radar with previous singles, its only fitting that Delsbo Beach Club make it back on the site before the year is up. The Swedish outfit seems like they’d just come in real quick, hit you over the head with insatiable licks, then lurk off back to their home. But, as this tune can attest, they’re willing to hang about, playing with traditional formats to really let the listener have something to sink their teeth into whilst jamming out. I love the emphatic close to this, completed contrasted with the song’s slinkily playful opening. This tune will appear on the group’s new EP, dropping via Rama Lama Records in 2019!
Melby have been on my radar for just a bit, having signed up to be part of the strong roster over at Rama Lama Records. They’re currently wrapping up their debut full-length for the label, but have dropped up this wonderful teaser to whet our appetites. There’s a dreamy guitar that meanders carefully through the song, watchful of the precise percussive elements (that sound a little like the percussion on “Young Folks”). As the two vocalists share contrasting vocal lines, a keyboard begins to emerge, elevating the track as the guitar tones, also, give the song a bit of a pick up. If the debut LP is this good, they’re knocking it out of the park!
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.