Ismael – “Lukas”

June 30, 2016 at 3:52 pm


The trio Ismael has recently released the song “Lukas” together with a video, a song they describe as a fiery pride pop song about the possibility to find a new  way out together with someone else. The track is taken from their album “Som om jag vaknar nu”, released in the beginning of this year.

That album is possibly the best I’ve heard so far with the band, so I thought I should let you taste some more of it with another song here below. They command the space between postpunk-vibing Swedish rock from the 80’s and grand-sounding indiepop with soaring guitar harmonies, a space they fill with earnestness and blackness in lyrics where they find their own angles on the issues we wrestle with today about our humanity.

Ismaels on Facebookon Spotifyon Apple Music

Pop in Swedish with ismael, David Josephson, Eddie Wheeler and Josefin Glenmark

April 29, 2014 at 4:17 pm


ismael – “Atlas”

The trio ismael released the album “Atlas” in the Autumn, an album which I didn’t have the time to write about then. Fortunately they are now releasing the title track as a single, so that they get some deserved attention here. And I like it; the band has developed their sound quite a bit since I first heard them. They have found their own poetic and melancholic space, somewhere in the vicinity of Thåström, and it feels both nostalgic and fresh. An extra plus also for the hard working bass on this track.

David Josephson – “Moln på vift”

Today David Josephson release another single from his upcoming album “Drömmaskinen”, this time with sailor choirs and vibes of Pengabrorsan and Eldkvarn.

Eddie Wheeler – “Kom in i mig”

I’ve written before about the musical elemental force from Göteborg, Eddie Wheeler, but it’s acually with this new song that he makes his solo debut, at least officially. “Kom in i mig” is the name of the song, and it sounds different from what I’ve heard from him earlier with it’s pumping, catchy electropop, and he shows that he can master this genre too.

Josefin Glenmark – “Du din jävel” – video

Here’s a new single with Josefin Glenmark, “Du din jävel”, her first single in Swedish from what I understand. Bittersweet pop with a jazzy touch with a nostalgic trace which makes the song stand out. This is the first song we hear from her next album, scheduled for release next year.

ismael – “Stjärnan du var”

December 6, 2012 at 1:55 pm

It’s been a couple of years since I wrote about the band ismael. Then they had just released an EP, and after that I didn’t hear from them until now, as they released a new single last month, “Stjärnan du var”. It’s a quite good-looking, well-arranged pop song, with a sticky chorus and which reminds me about Swedish po from the end of the eigthies with LeMarc, Staffan Hellstrand and others. Overall the sound feels refreshed, which is promising for the new album they say they are recording now this Winter.

ismael’s site – on Spotifyon Wimp

Stjärnan du var


September 24, 2010 at 2:28 pm

“Sången heter Chans” is a new EP from the band Ismael. Three songs with a somewhat different sound compared to their last album. Karin Wistrand (Lolita Pop) is a guest on two of the tracks and on the beautiful ballad below Elina Ahlander (Mezzobell, Moraltanten) contributes with some vocals.

Listen more on Myspace or visit them on their site.

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