Vidar – “Yet”

March 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm


The trio Vidar, hailing from Karlstad, released their debut EP “Yet” last year. They serve an acoustic americana inspired by Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver, with nice vocal harmonies, earthy, simple arrangements and a bunch of good songs.

You can listen on their Bandcamp page or on Spotify. Follow them on their site and on Facebook.

What Did I Know

Six Figure Transatlantic – “The Owl”

February 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Six Figure Transatlantic - "The Owl"

Friday night is here and I aim to finish this week by helping you get a good feeling for the weekend. And for this I get help from Six Figure Transatlantic’s new album “The Owl”, which in fact is their debut album, even though they started already in 1999.

I wrote about the band a couple of years ago, and then the album was on it’s way, but you know, if you’re waiting for something good… And good it is, at least if you like soft americana, singer/songwriter and a nice retro sound. If you’ve encountered the band before, you’ve probably heard some of the songs on their earlier EP:s.

It was the singer and guitarist Mattias Dahl who came up with the name, Six Figure Transatlantic. Sick in fever, he read the name on a truck during a subway trip. The band was looking for an unusual name, it sounded sweet for them and they settled for the name. Afterwards it turned out that there weren’t any truck companies with that name; Mattias had misread the whole thing.

To listen to “The Owl”, you can go to Spotify or similar services. The band also has a Facebook page and a home page.

Last Waltz
All Over Town

Second Hand Rumours

October 11, 2008 at 12:01 am

Second Hand RumoursI must say that I like Marcus Brännström’s voice in Second Hand Rumours, and his way of singing. A nice tone and a laidback, cool expression, somewhat similar to Chris Martin in Coldplay.

And I can sense the Coldplay influences in their music too, at least partly. It feels lighter though, the melancholy is not allowed to take over, and the acoustic guitar points in a different direction. They navigate very smoothly between this modern pop and their other sources of inspiration, from the americana and singer/songwriter genres and find their own way.

Here you can enjoy three tracks from their EP “So Many Steps”, which was released this summer:

Summernight Tune
Seven Years
Like a Dream Come True

If you like what you hear, I recommend a visit to the band’s web pages.
Listen more on Second Hand Rumours’ Myspace page.
And don’t forget to visit their blog.

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