One of my favorite discoveries of the last year has been Sweden’s Alpaca Sports. The duo creates hook-laden pop that dares you to play the songs just once; I promise you that’s not a possibility. Lucky for all of us the group has been kind enough to let us stream their new single, “She’ll Come Back for Indian Summer,” which I sincerely hope is a Beat Happening reference. You can get your hands on the digital single on June 20th via Luxury, and then you’ll have it on your own stereo to play over and over again. Keep your eye on these guys, as there’ definitely going to be more gems from them coming our way soon. Also, you can check out a video for the single that just went up today by clicking HERE.
It’s Monday, and while my body recovers from Chaos in Tejas, let’s throw something a little bit more chilled out in your direction. This Swedish group is currently in the middle of releasing a trilogy of albums titled The Archer Trilogy–Part 3 should be out later on this year. One of the reason’s I like the group so much is that I can see similarities to other electronic duo’s like the Knife, but this group has a sound completely all their own; it’s always good when you can build on influences and take your own direction. The Deer Tracks is set to come to the US (though not Austin) in June, so keep a look out for them in your town.
Download:The Deer Tracks – W [MP3]
It’s good to have Tallest Man on Earth back again, not that he’s really been gone, but you know what I mean. Rolling Stone posted this great new track, “1904” from the songwriter today, and it’s exactly what you want from the man we fondly refer to as the Swedish Bob Dylan. There’s No Leaving Now is the title of the new record, set for release on June 12th on Dead Oceans. There’s a little bit of a change to Kristian’s vocals in the second half of the song, which hopefully shows that he’s looking to add something to his sound. In the end it’s not really going to matter much because he’s got this quality that makes everything he writes emotionally touching. He better be ready for more praise!
Download: The Tallest Man on Earth – 1904 [MP3]
I feel like I need to apologize, briefly. I’ve been jamming to a lot of rock n’ roll, as Spring is just around the corner. But, I figured I’d throw out something a little more composed and craft today via Sweden’s Solander. This creative trio is going to be releasing their Passing Mt. Satu album on March 13th via A Tendervision Recording. When you listen to this track, it might be the whispering quality of the vocals, or the incredible craftsmanship that goes into the details, but most definitely it’s the emotional hook that follows you throughout. Be on the lookout for this record, as its beauty might sneak up on you quickly.
Download:Solander – Book Of Advice [MP3]
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]