Skuggan

August 21, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Skuggan i replokalenThe band Skuggan is a new pleasant musical acquaintance. This is a band that has started over afresh, they made a control-alt-delete, as they themselves describe it, from the roots in the previous band Shade Tree. Below, you can listen to “Rör vid mig i igen” (“Touch Me Again”), a melancholic, beautiful, atmospheric, pensive song – expressed by Carl Jönssons light and soft voice.

At their current restart they have been mentioned on several other good music blogs, such as jacksoncage (in swedish) and skivgrisen (in swedish). Check them out.

What is perhaps equally interesting about Skuggan is how one can follow them on their journey on their web site, which is in blog format. They purvey a feeling of movement, a sense of who they are through what they write about. One can follow the development of the songs from early scetch, to rehearsal demo to the version you can listen to here. One can read about the band, personal thoughts and what they see and feel. Compared to traditional band sites where there are long bios and a separate news section, one can create one’s own image of who they really are and where they are going. And they are there with you, as they are only a comment away. I hope that more artists realize the strength of this concept and follow their example. (note: Their blog is in swedish)

Other songs you can listen to at the site, in different versions, are “Västergatan” and “Buena Vista” – the latter with pleasant Joni Mitchell vibes in my ears. And it is most likely that, by the time this piece is written and published, you will find new tracks to listen to, new stories to read and new reflections to take part of.

Visit Skuggan on their homepage

Rör vid mig igen

(translated by Clint Hell)

Shotgun Crackers

August 20, 2008 at 12:00 pm

What the Lund based band Brainpool left in the 90’s and the Gothenburg based band Bad Cash Quartet picked up at the beginning of the 21st century is now taken a step further by Shotgun Crackers from Norrtälje, north of Stockholm!

Don’t be fooled by the slightly metal sounding name. Shotgun Crackers offers a fantastic mix of great melodies, marvellous vocals (in that extremely cool childish way), accomplished musicians…..and….hand claps…..(there should definitely be more hand claps in songs!!), combined with pop music that, at times, closes in on the Beatles.

That’s what i think…

…make up your own mind:

Blood Tears and Dreams
The Worst Love
She Wouldn’t Mind

You’ll Find Shotgun Crackers on Myspace

(translated by Clint Hell)

Peter Estberg

August 18, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Peter EstbergBecause of the southern dialect, and maybe to some extent the voice too, he often brings the great late rocker/protest singer Björn Afzelius to mind but is really something quite different, one of the closer voices on the web actually, a kind of quiet flasher without grand airs nor poses but with a tone apparently so sincere and honest it makes it’s way straight through the waxplugs, he’s about words poking among themselves looking for one or the other context or connection, and words finding quite a lot. He’s the definition of nice in my dictionary, and behold then that we didn’t even ever meet.

These songs are from the new Peter Estberg album “Då faller bitarna isär” (“Then the pieces fall apart”):

Då faller bitarna isär
Alltid på dig
Natten är hos mig snart
Var finns ni nu
En stilla förhoppning

You can get the whole album, as well as the albums “En indian i Småland” (“An indian in Småland” 2007) and “Eftertankens kranka blekhet” (“The sickly paleness of second thoughts”, or something like that… 2007) from peterestberg.com

Maini Sorri

August 17, 2008 at 12:00 pm

I willingly admit that I haven’t been a big consumer of music in languages that I don’t know. And for you to understand why, I must say that the lyrics are really important to me as a listener. Just as important as the feeling of the song.
My experience of music sung in Finnish has been at a level of zero. Or at least very close to it – I may have overheard one or a couple of the Finnish contributions to the Eurovision Song Contest. Until now.
Beacuse after Maini Sorri’s great success with her “Lähden Yksin”, which was releaesed on the compilation “Allt ljus på oss” (All lights on us), I must say that I am amazed and astonished. Never had I thought that I’d be humming along on a Finnish song – which is exactly what I am doing on a more or less daily basis now. And I’m also happy to expand my own Finnish vocabulary.

Apart from that, Maini Sorri is also an inspiration as a marketer. Maini does not bashfully ask permission. Maini kicks the door open, and armed with her stubbornness she has now succeeded in creating personal contacts with several musical editors at both Nordic and European radio stations. She is also played in Canadian radio as well as on TV6 in the US. Maini does not only inspire as the fantastic female musician she is – but also with her great personality, stubbornness and strength.

Laulu elämän vuodenajoista
Hanhipaimen
I Am Leaving (Lähden Yksin)
I Shouldn’t Have Trusted You
Someday

Lähden Yksin:

I you want to hear “Lähden Yksin” in Finnish you can visit Maini Sorri on Allears.se

Maini Sorri on Last.fm

Maini Sorri on Myspace

(translated by Clint Hell)

Some Kind of Rubus

August 15, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Some Kind of RubusIf you enjoy getting happy – raise your hand! As a little help on the way, you can listen to the Stockholm based band Some Kind of Rubus. They offer folk music wonderfully mixed with rock! The vocalist Emil Gammeltoft is a former heavy rock singer, from the band Nerved. Having played rock for 18 years – and with a lot of folk music in his head – he started Some Kind of Rubus, with Petter Axelsson and Örjan Johansson, at the end of 2005!

And it is now time for Some Kind of Rubus to conquer the world. Their first conquest lies in the land of folk music, Scotland, where they have already received a lot of attention, e.g. in scottish radio!
Emil says that a Scottish tour is planned for October.

Listen and download:
Microphone
Hippo
Mother

Hälsa på hos Some Kind of Rubus:
SKoR on Myspace

Keep cool,

Jeppe

(translated by Clint Hell)

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