Tentakel – “Impulse/Inversion”

November 1, 2016 at 6:56 pm


In his solo project Tentakel Pontus Torstensson continues to weave together electronic influences from krautrock, techno, ambient and other genres with driving rhythms. Last year I wrote about his debut album and now he’s released the two track single “Impulse/Inversion” on the label Höga Nord Rekords. “Impulse” is an intense story with fast analogue synth figures urged on by a high-paced beat, sending me images of a hardboiled action movie in the beginning of the eighties. “Inversion”, on the other hand, is a more complex creation full of mystique with layer upon layer added until we reach a breaking point, where we are left floating over some cosmic no man’s land. Listen to the first track here:

Tentakel on Facebook – on Spotify – on Apple Music

Kriget – “Out Of The Fire Into The Sun”

October 18, 2016 at 3:32 pm


The quartet Kriget, Christoffer Roth, Gustav Bendt, Per Nordmark and Mattias Franzén (new member), are on their way with a new EP, to be launched in the beginning of next year. Earlier they have released three full length albums and also an EP, “Fazed”, last year where they were accompanied by Sophia Somajo and Dida. It’s a band which seems constantly on the move so from the last year’s excellent EP, where they added vocals for the first time, we can probably expect something quite different now.

And the first taste, the single “Out Of The Fire Into The Sun”, also points in that direction. It’s a track that runs me over with punk hammering drums, intense pumping bass and saxophones that sweeps in like solar winds across the fast journey. I can’t help feeling some vibes of psychedelia, something like early Pink Floyd, in a shade of “Astronomy Domine”, when voices come in chanting the title. Otherwise it’s hard to put labels on their music, it’s both rock and electronica in a special symbiosis, so the best advice is to just jump on the ride and feel for yourself. Here’s also a spectacular music video, made by Marko Brandobanski, which may help set the mood.

Kriget on Facebookon Spotifyon Apple Music

The Legends feat. Maria Usbeck – “Cocaine”

October 10, 2016 at 6:33 pm

The Legends

The Legends, Johan Angergård’s solo project, released this suggestive pearl recently. It’s a song about our endless need for affirmation, nowadays more current than ever of course, a topic he takes on with something that can be described as a dreamy and intoxicated electronica ballad. The equadorian singer Maria Usbeck joins Angergård in a duet, and adds lines in Spansh with a beautiful and human voice which is soon also swept away into the seductive mist.

Ealier this Summer The Legends released a couple of singles and I have added one them here below, “Summer In The City (Living Is For Somebody Else)”. The duet partner Maria Usbeck is also just out with her solo debut album “Amparo”, released in May on the same label (Labrador), and you’ll find a sample of her unique style here in the song “Uno de tus ojos”.

The Legends on Spotify – on Apple Music

Maria Usbeck on Facebookon Spotifyon Apple Music

Liljor – “Grändens skymning”

September 20, 2016 at 5:30 pm


A Finnish tango legend and some fascinating Swedish indie artists sounds like an unlikely combination at first. It all started last year when the Finnish artist and songwriter Pentti Viherluoto would have celebrated his 100th birthday. His grandchild Tatu Metsätähti came up with the idea of recording Penttis old songs in new, modern versions and as many of the songs already had been translated to Swedish (by the actor Thure Wahlroos) he contacted his friend, the producer and artist Henrik von Euler. Henrik got involved and together with Billie Lindahl (Promise and the Monster), Rickard Jäverling and Pelle Lindroth (Parken) he started recording. One song led to another and they ended up with an entire album named “Skymningsland”, which is going to be released this November.

The first song “Grändens skymning” is an appetizer which definitely makes me interested in more. It’s a track where they blend the two worlds with synths and tremolo guitars that wrap us in a harsh, Finnish melancholy, a drum machine echoing of the last beats from the old dance floor and dreamy, longing vocals which turn into a warm duet. Listen for yourself here below.
I should add also that the original Finnish lyrics, to this song and the others on the album, were written by Pentti’s brother Aimo.

Korda – “#1”

September 12, 2016 at 2:58 pm


If you like ambient, airy and slowly evolving sounds this may be something for you. It’s about a two-track release simply called “#1” by Korda, or Niclas Lindgren which is his real name. The two tracks runs in and out of sounds, noise, (lightly) distorted tones and similar. An interesting detail is that both songs have roughly the same shape (two convex arches), but rather different length.

Korda on Spotifyon Apple Musicon Soundcloud | Niclas Lindgren’s site

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