Here’s an excellent piece of energic and dramatic folk rock from the band Bernard et Bianca , hailing from Göteborg. It’s called “White Mountain Lies” and is taken from their new album with the same name, which was released earlier this year.
It’s been almost three years since Yamon Yamon released their excellent debut album “This Wilderlessness“, but now, in about a week, the next album “Uisu” will be revealed to us. Meanwhile, while we’re waiting, they have released the single “Sticks/Stones” as a first taste of the album.
Here’s a nice track from the hip hop band Anydaynow, “Interstate 22″. Well hip hop may be the wrong word for it, maybe it’s better to say soul-vibing rock with rap lyrics. They have anyhow created their very own pleasant mix, recorded, they say, in a shower room inside a an old worn building out in the Swedish woods, just a few steps away from the airport. The song is taken from their new EP “The Heartbreak” which was released recently. You’ll also find their debut single from last year here below, “College”.
Karin Ström is perhaps mostly known for her own electronica productions from before. After six years of producing in solitude, she felt the need for some company in the studio, which led to a collaboration with the producer Mark Ephraim (A Nighthawk, Sibille Attar, Sofia Knapp). Together with the musicians Kevin Barker (Feist), Parker Kindred (Godspeed You! Black Emperor), and Tyler Wood (Antony & the Johnsons) they recorded the two songs “New York” and “Los Angeles” in Vibromonk Studios, Brooklyn. She says that these songs are the first songs in a larger project with songs about her relation to various cities.
I wrote about YAST, or Youth and Student Travel, already in the first stumbling steps of this blog in 2008. They had just left their hometown Sandviken for Malmö, or at least they were in the process of doing so, and they had a couple of DIY-EP:s in their luggage. Now, five years later, they have just released their debut album, they work with the label Adrian Recordings and right now they are touring in Europe.
When I listen to the new album it strikes me how well they had defined their music already back then, in the beginning. It’s still this dreamy, light indie pop, with a laidback attitude, a playful naivety and sweet melodies. But of course, they have a bigger sound now, it’s more polished, there are more and smoother vocal harmonies as well as guitar layers and their registry is wider. It’s an album that feels perfect for a summery, cloud-watching day and and album fit for a band that have one foot in the gound where they started and the other foot in a big step towards new destinations.
In the beginning of the year I presented a taste from Grande Roses’ upcoming album “Disease”. The album was later released during Spring, and with such a excellent collection of soot-black post rock songs, it would be a sin not to mention it in a post. Not least because of the album’s highlight ”Radio Heartbreak”, which is probably the best rock track I’ve heard so far this year, and which has totally got stuck in my head. Here it is, together with the video.
I wrote about Per Sahlströms album “Cross the Line” three years ago. Since then he’s released another album, “Play the part of the random guy”, plus some single songs, where the latest one “Reconstruct Me” was released during Spring. ”Play the part of the random guy” fits pretty well now; with it’s happy, light indie pop with doses of the sunny seventies, latino and dreamy folk pop, it feels refreshingly springlike, and like a good soundtrack for today. The first two songs here below comes from the album.
This Spring the shoegaze band Star Horse has followed up on the debut EP “Crush” from the Autumn with the new EP “Lust”. They serve us five songs, this time with a wider, and somewhat bigger sound, but still with the same unmistakably dreamy gentleness, and melodic beuatiful music.