Lejonsläktet – “Två”

November 19, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Lejonsläktet

The duon Lejonsläktet, Alexander Eldefors and Volter Hagman, are back with more folk psychadelia on the new single “Två”. It contains the two songs “Väderkvarn” and “Trygghetens rus”, two songs approaching the progressive vibe from the seventies even more than the earlier songs.

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The Spiny Normans, Lejonsläktet, The Tarantula Waltz, Iris & Hedvig, Rökmorsa och Manor Rungs

April 22, 2014 at 4:43 pm
The Spiny Normans

The Spiny Normans

I receive more great music than ever, so I’ll kickstart this week with six releases:

The Spiny Normans – “Waiting For the Storm” – EP

The Spiny Normans are based in Stockholm but have some of their roots in Åland. They released the debut EP in the Autumn, which will be available on Spotify and other services in a couple of weeks. I’d say it’s about folk inspired pop with a certain sense of drama. Here are two songs:

Lejonsläktet – “In och ut” – EP

The duo Lejonsläktet, whom I talked about last month, have released their debut EP now, full of great psychadelia with a vibe of Jämtland. Here’s the starting track “Ett svagt hopp om” from the EP:

The Tarantula Waltz – “Scandinavian Minds”

The Tarantula Waltz has released this Americana-sounding single from the new album “Tinder Stick Neck”, his third album which is being released this week.

Iris & Hedvig – “The Watcher & The Mind”

Here’s a new interesting young pop duo, Iris & Hedvig, with the debut single “The Watcher & The Mind”.  The song was produced by Christina Wehage, whom we’ve met before in her own project Be The Bear.

Rökmorsa

Rökmorsa is one of the projects the trio Pontus Björlin, Anders Åkesson and August Sörensons have been working on. They have collected 12 songs they recorded already in 2008 on the album “Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight”. It’s instrumental, experimental and a blend of influences from now and then. Here are two tracks:

Manor Rungs

The producer deadbeat has written songs and produced music for other artists before, for example electronica artist Compute and The Girl & The Robot. Now he’s grabbed the microphone himself and released seven songs under the name Manor Rungs. It’s a quite special blend of electronica and rock in Swedish, with some instrumental breaks. Listen for yourself:

New album with Erik Borelius and singles from DNKL, Bring The Mourning On and Lejonsläktet

March 19, 2014 at 6:29 pm
Erik Borelius and House of Sound

Erik Borelius and House of Sound

Erik Borelius – “Erik Borelius and House of Sound” – album

“Erik Borelius and House of Sound” is the name of  Erik Borelius’ twelfth album, which was released a couple of days ago. It’s also the name of the band he started three years ago with himself on vocals and acoustic guitar, Pär Hedtjärn on Drums, Jonas Hedlund on electric guitars and Anders Olausson on bass guitar.

On the album they’ve been aiming at the arrangements they play live with as few added tracks as possible. The sound is airy, warm and close. Mostly it feels rather laidback and quite personal in songs where Erik is mixing influences from various directions, from pop, blues, jazz, progressive rock, fusion. Sometimes I get some Dire Straits-vibes but still it feels like it’s the spirit of Al Di Meola which shines through in the strongest way, and which is also allowed to spread it’s wings in a couple of the instrumental tracks and in a song like “What Is It All About?” here below. It’s a band of skilled, tight musicians where of course Eriks’s fantastic and beautiful acoustic guitar gets some well deserved space. Here are two songs:

DNKL – “Battles”

The trio DNKL got plenty of attention on the net from their debut single “Hunt“. Last month they released the follow-up “Battles”, a song where I recognize the large-sounding, soaring electro pop from the debut but which also contain a certain rock vibe.

Bring The Mourning On – “Fading Trail” – video

Bring The Mourning On, hailing from Malmö, are releasing a new album, “Northern Ghost”, on the 4th of April. Here’s the first taste in the shape of a video to the song “Fading Trail”. Naked, beautiful Americana:

Lejonsläktet – “Som om sanden rinner ut” – video

Alexander Eldefors and Volter Hagman grew up together in the small village Undersåker in Jämtland. Later they played together in the band  Rói Höttur, but parted musically, and we’ve heard them here before in projects like The Orange Revival, The Seed Coat and Yellus. Now they are back together again in a new project, Lejonsläktet, which is built upon ideas, melodies and thoughts they have collected over the years. Here’s their first creation, a song that really feels like psychadelia from Jämtland, and which will soon be followed by the debut EP “In och ut”:

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