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New start with fantastic music from Dödens Dal, Grapell, Alexandria, Luha and Noras Falcon

August 29, 2014 at 3:42 pm
Grapell

Grapell

Long time no see. It’s been more than one and a half month since I posted. As I’ve been out on the road in Europe most of the time, without Internet connection, I haven’t even listened to music for quite some time. In the end I got such an abstinence that I just had to find a place with w-fi, put my headphones on, put on a playlist with new music and just dwell in this for a couple of hours. Probably my best listening experience this year. I guess I had to rest my ears for a while, find some new motivation and lust to take on a new music season.
So, let’s start today.

Dödens Dal och Peter Morén – “Måste det vara så”

I have told you before about the duo Dödens Dal’s project about inviting singers to put lyrics on and perform songs from the duo’s last album. First up was Jenny Wilson with “Under lager av is” and now it’s Peter Morén’s (Peter, Björn & John) turn. The song is called “Måste det vara så?”, the original title is “Över fältet, mot ljusen”, and it’s another hit in this interesting project.

It’s unusual to meet songs in this way, first as an instrumental, and then as someone else’s interpretation lyricswise. I can compare it with reading a book, creating your own images, and then looking at the book-based movie, where you have to struggle with mixing your own interpretation with the director’s. An added song track can of course change a song to something completely different, but what happens here is that both Jenny and Peter add another layer to the ambience that’s already there, but at the same time add images and places that wasn’t there when I listened originally. Next month they will release an EP with more artists and songs, which will be exciting to explore.

Grapell – “Shaping My Love”

Here’s a fresh single release from the duo Grapell. “Shaping My Love” is wonderful, warm  soul pop with a touch of the eighties. The song is taken from the EP “Friends”, to be released on the eighth of October.

Alexandria – “Laid Back Forever EP”

Alexandria is a band from Stockholm I wrote about last year, when they sent me the rehearsal room-recorded ”Whatever”. Now they are signed to a label and have recently released their debut EP “Laid Back Forever EP”, about a week ago. The earlier song “Whatever” is there in the company of three other songs, in a sound that feels like indie pop inspired by the seventies, a bit in the direction of psychadelia, with distanced vocals and dreamy harmonies. There is a common denominator in the sound and the harmonies between the songs, but they vary the rhythm in an interesting way; from the nice soul-tasting groove in the title track to a more straight rock beat in “Secret Beach”, with it’s hooky guitar figure. A fun and great debut to listen to. Here’s “Another Station” from the record together with the video to “Secret Beach”.

Luha – “Heart”

Luha is the name of a Swedish-Filippino artist, who recently released her second single, “Heart”. It’s a light and pleasant pop-track with a percussion-heavy chorus that makes me think of Iida. Sung with a bright and delicate voice the reminds me of Frida Sundemo.

Noras Falcon – “Sing It Out Loud” – video

Last year Noras Falcon, or Elin Rosenberg which is her real name, released the debut EP “The Spark”. One of the songs from the EP, the duet with Staphan O’Bell “Kiss the Night”, made it to my “Best of 2013″-list, but it could just as well have been this song, “Sing It Out Loud”. Her new video to the song gave me the opportunity to play it again:

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Rock party in Malmö

July 11, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Rock på KB i Malmö

The 19th of July Dead End Records invites you to a rock party at KB in Malmö. The want to open up people’s eyes in Malmö for new rock bands in a time when the already established acts are dominating the gig market. The bands that haven’t climbed to the top of the ladder are often struggling with a hen-and-the-egg-problem: no fanbase – no gig, no gig – no fanbase.

Dead End Records takes it into their own hands by showcasing four great bands that deserve a bigger audience. If you arrive between 19.00 and 20.00 it’s even free to enter, after that only 50 kr.

The four bands Demotional, Carubine, Deceptic and Supralunar span over a wide spektra of rock and metal:

Demotional serves a melodic metal with plenty of energy. The debut album “State: In Denial” was released last year and here’s the latest single “Illusions”, released earlier this year.

Carubine is a trio that mix influenses from the seventies’ hard rock with alternative rock and grunge from the nineties, into their own brew with a great groove. Here are two of their singles.

Supralunar is a band I’ve written about before, and they also bring some influences from the seventies to the table where they blend it with nineties’ rock, but with more focus on vocal harmonies and catchy melodies. “People Like Us” here below is a great example. New album this Autumn.

Deceptic has only presented an album teaser this far, but it sounds interesting to say the least. Progressive metal with grand-sounding choruses is one description of the album which will be released at the end of August.

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June playlists – Spotify, Wimp and Rara

July 11, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Even a music blogger has to get some vacation so everything’s a bit slower here now, as you may have noticed. For a month to come I will only post sporadically, but in mid August I’ll be back with full energy.

I’ve added playlists now on SpotifyWimp and Rara with the music I presented here on the blog in June.

Meadowmusic, June 2014 – Spotify

Meadowmusic, June 2014 – Wimp

Meadowmusic, June 2014 – Rara (the playlist is available on Rara’s page for recommended playlists)

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New pop singles from Nova Becc, Luna Green, LCTRISC, Flod and CMBSTN

June 25, 2014 at 3:22 pm
LCTRISC

LCTRISC

Nova Becc – “Faller ner”

Rebecca Petersson has been working a number of years as a singer and as a songwriter, but it’s not until now as she makes her debut as as soloartist. Nova Becc is her artist name on the new single “Faller ner” (“Falling Down”), a catchy pop track where her vocals impress me; she knows exactly what she’s doing and her voice reminds me of a young Marie Fredriksson.

Luna Green – “Black Magic”

Luna Green is releasing a new single from the latest album “Swedish Strawberries”. The 70′s-pop-inspired song “Black Magic” is written together with Niklas Frisk, who’s also participating on the recording.

LCTRISC – “The Fire In the Distant Future”

Here’s a colourful music video from LCTRISC, “The Fire In the Distant Future”. In the video the duo have been collaborating with the body artist Vilija Vitkuté who has interpreted the lyrics with his art. A beautiful combination of art, music, dance and film.
The song is taken from LCTRISC’s debut album “The Fire In the Distant Future”, a great album, which I haven’t had the time to write about yet, though.

Flod – “Sjung min sång”

Here’s the debut singel and a music video from the band Flod. It’s called “Sjung min sång”, starts with a hard rock riff and glides over to something that feels like 70′s-inspired grand pop. The singer is Christian Dohber, whom you may have heard before in the band Moses.

CMBSTN – “C’mon Get Up (Happiness)”/”One of Us”

Here are two new singles from CMBSTN, ”C’mon Get Up (Happiness)” and “One of Us”, and also the second part of their music video diptych, which started with “My Friend“. It’s an ambitious band who want to achieve a lot with their grand-sounding pop, and if they continue like this, they will.

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Catching up – Hard rock and metal from Transubstans Records

June 23, 2014 at 5:16 pm
Old Man's Will

Old Man’s Will

Transubstans Records has gathered some of the the most interesting hard rock and metal bands in Sweden. Listening through a good part of their album releases from the last year I find quite an impressive collection of records, ranging from  70′s-inspired hard rock to doom metal. Here below you’ll find a selection of great tracks from equally great albums. Klick the titles to go to the bands’ pages if you want to hear more of them.

Thalamus – “Soul” – album

Generous Maria – “III” – album

Syron Vanes – “Evil Redux” – album

Small Jackets – “IV” – album

Oblivious – “Creating Meaning” – album

Dynamite – “Lock ‘N Load” – album

Magnolia – “Tänk själv” – album

Nymf – “From The Dark” – album

Old Man’s Will – “Old Man’s Will” – album

Abramis Brama – “Enkel Biljett” – album

Three Seasons – “Grow” – album

Qoph – “Glancing Madly Backwards” – album

Manny Ribera – “Manny Ribera” – album

Chuck Norris Experiment – “Right Between The Eyes” – album

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