Shelly Ravid – “Let Them Know” EP

December 8, 2016 at 6:19 pm

Shelly Ravid

Sweden is not exactly a reggae country to put it mildly. I don’t get too many pitches with reggae, so I was curious when Shelly Ravid wrote about her debut EP “Let Them Know”, which she released in Summer. She has moved to Europe’s reggae capital, though, London, which seems like a wise decision if you want to make it in the genre.

And I think she has every possibility to do that, both as a songwriter and an artist, because this a really good EP. The sound is spacious and modern and has a sweet, distinct rhythm package as the groovy foundation. Here are the political lyrics, the uplifting vibe in the music and she tops it with a sharp attitude in her vocals. Taste two of the tracks here below.

Shelly Ravid on Facebookon Spotifyon Apple Musicon Bandcamp

Wrstlng – “Hoarse Bear” EP

December 6, 2016 at 6:02 pm


The band Wrstlng, hailing from Göteborg, are releasing their debut EP “Hoarse Bear” tomorrow and also invite everyone to a release gig in Malmö in the evening. You can say that record is a rehearsal before the upcoming full length album the band is planning, and it consist of songs they have recorded between 2013 and 2015. The sound varies a bit between the tracks, but here below you can hear the two latest songs. In any case their special style comes clear on the EP. You hear embedded vocals and layered guitars with vibes of shoegaze while their light melodies more remind me about classic Swedish indie pop. Well, I guess you could call it happy shoegaze. I asked the band to write a few sentences about the songs::

About “Meds”: “The beta version of ‘Meds’ is really one of the first songs we started out with when we were rehearsing as a band. After a while we tucked it away in the closet, without thinking about it and when it was time for doing some live shows we dusted it off, argued about why we ever put it away, and spiced it up. The ‘Meds’ 2.0 now recorded summarizes what we like ourselves and feels a bit like our anthem.” (translated from Swedish)

About “Avgå”: “‘Avgå’ is really a featherlight lounge tune, but when we started recording we started adding strange guitars which was fun (even if the song suffered somewhat). Then Palle moved to Ängelholm and bought a synth, which was also fun (even if the song had to suffer some more).” (translated from Swedish)

Wrstlng on Facebookon Spotifyon Apple Music

Mårten Lärka’s Christmas calendar “Trasiga pepparkakshjärtan”

December 2, 2016 at 4:21 pm

Mårten Lärka's Christmas calendar

Yesterday the Christmas season started for real as I had to scramble up att seven and join my daughters in front of the TV to watch this year’s Christmas calendar. And every year it’s both fascinating and a bit stressful to see how much a holiday can dominate society during one whole month. In the music business many say that December is the worst period during the year to release music, if it’s not Christmas songs of course.

I’m not going to revel in Christmas vibes here on the blog, though, with just a couple of exceptions. I will probably have a traditional post about new Christmas songs later on, and also present a tip about an alternative Christmas calendar today. It’s the singer-songwriter Mårten Lärka who this year counts ten year for his Christmas track “Trasiga pepparkakshjärtan” (“Broken gingerbread hearts”). He’s celebrating this by inviting friends and artist colleagues to make their own versions of the song, which he presents every day in the calendar together with some other clips. Most of it is in Swedish. He writes:

“There’s a huge varaition among the contributions. One clip from Paris gives me goosebumps and another from Brunflo (town in Jämtland, in the north of Sweden) is a piece of fascinating swamp blues and yet another is a collage of images, so strong I don’t know how to handle it.” (transl. from Swedish)

You can follow the calendar on Mårten Lärka’s Facebook page and here below you can listen to the original song and also watch the first part. And first up was the mentioned swamp blues with Jens Gustavson in Brunflo.

Weibenfalk – “Nu är vi här”

November 29, 2016 at 3:30 pm


For his next album Thomas Weibenfalk wanted a more open and a closer sound than on the last album, also this time in collaboration with the producer Andreas Dahlbäck. And when he lets us taste the record on the new single I can sense it immediately. It’s less “Vassa eggen” and more live vibes, and one reason is that it indeed is recorded live in the studio, with Jens Frithiof on guitars and Surjo Benigh on bass, among others, with no unnecessary adds, as he writes. His presence is perfect and the sound pure candy for someone who likes singer/songwriter-rock in Swedish. It’s a growing track with an increasing dramatic ambience which ends with an instrumental crescendo where we can revel in wonderful, chrunchy guitar layers and whining guitars that send shivers down my spine.

I asked Thomas to tell us something about the song:

“The song ”Nu är vi här” speaks, to a large extent, to the people I got to know, and who became some the best friends in my life, during my time in Skåne and Lund. We had great fun together and a small group of people formed that hopefully will stick together all life. At least on distance.
As you get older you get a job, start a family and move out to other parts of the country and you don’t see each other that often anymore. I think many recognize that. We also live in a world of violence, egoism and despair which I’m also trying to reflect in the song and on the entire album. We easily get stuck in our own stress behind screens och cell phones, forgetting what really means something: the people around us.” (transl. from Swedish)

Producer: Andreas Quincy Dahlbäck
Music, lyrics, vocals and guitars: Thomas Weibenfalk
Guitars: Jens Frithiof
Bass: Surjo Benigh
Keys: Mikaela Hansson and Joel Sjödin
Drums, vocals: Andreas Quincy Dahlbäck
Sound engineer: Frida Claeson Johansson

Weibenfalk on Facebook – on Spotify – on Apple Music

Lilou & John – “100 Faces”

November 23, 2016 at 6:48 pm

Lilou & John

I’m almost hypnotised by Lilou’s vocals. Her dark alto voice breathes of blackness, mystique and rock attitude, like a magical music incantation I just have to listen to again and again. Together with her husband she form the duo Lilou & John, who earlier this Autumn released the debut EP “100 Faces”.

Here we hear them in five tracks that spans from epic folk songs to alternative rock and indiepop, all wrapped in an unpolished sound that perfectly matches Lilou’s charsima. Each song also has a corresponding music video created by different video artists from USA and Brazil. You can watch an example here below in the video to the song “When Murder Victims Die”, a video created by Patrick Paax. The other videos are available on their Youtube channel.

Lilou & Johns site – on Facebookon Spotifyon Apple Music

About “He Broke My Neck, Joséphine”: …inspired by a vivid dream that came to Lilou one night. The ghost child Elizabeth shared with her the last days of her life, and in the dream Lilou felt the brutality when the father of Elizabeth’s love Joséphine broke her neck. It happened somewhere at the end of the 19th century or beginning of the 20th not far from the city of Jönköping.

About “100 Faces”: “About our instinct to always hide our true self, maybe further emphasized by the alienating effect of the modern society of consumption and our emotional difficulties.” (transl. from Swedish)

About “When Murder Victims Die”: …tells the story of the post-traumatic experiences of a child surviving a brutal serial killer. The lyrics was highly influenced by Motörhead and Lilou decided at an early stage that she would sing the song in a weird, tim-burtonesque way, balancing on the edge of quirky disharmony.

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