Rooni – “Who You Are”

August 26, 2016 at 4:11 pm


After a long summer break I thought I should kickstart my season with the new single from the powerpop trio Rooni, “Who You are”. They surprise me with a more spacious and more polished sound than before, where glittering acoustic guitars set the mood in the song. Sometimes Tom Petty feels close, but here are also strokes of the sixties and indiepop from the nineties. They say that half the budget was spent on the recording and the other half on pancakes with strawberry jam, so the music video had to be produced with the little resources that remained. The single is the first one in a series of three, to be released this Autumn.

Rooni’s site – on Facebook – on Spotify – on Apple Music

Rooni – “YODO” EP

October 5, 2015 at 3:43 pm


The trio Rooni, with the songwriter Gustav Nilsson at the front, have just released their new EP “YODO”. The title is an acronym for “You Only Die Once”, paraphrasing the popular expression YOLO. Gustav writes that he became a first time father a year ago, an experience that made him start thinking about his own mortality, which is now reflected in these songs. It is hardly a gloomy collection of songs, though, rather the opposite. It feels life-affirming and the EP is full of uplifting, playful indiepop. The songs have a straight-on approach with simple, catchy choruses, stirring bass melodies and a nice unpolished sound which makes it feel like they’ve just been pulled out, smoking hot, from the power pop oven. Listen to a couple of tracks from the EP:

Rooni’s site – on Facebookon Spotifyon Apple Music

Rooni – “Ambulance”

June 17, 2013 at 4:09 pm


Here’s Rooni with their third single, the catchy “Ambulance”, a song in the same spirit as the earlier ones, with their own mix of indie pop and retro-vibing power pop. The best song so far I think.

Rooni’s site – on Facebook – on Spotify – on Wimp – on Soundcloud


November 20, 2012 at 6:03 pm


The quartet Rooni, hailing from Stockholm, released their debut single “Run (Into My Arms)” a couple of weeks ago, and next week the follow-up will be available, “Danny’s Gun”. Behind the microphone we find Gustav Nilsson, whom I wrote about a year ago when he released his album “Makeup On, Letdowns Off”. And I do recognize some of it from the earlier recordings, in the groove and in the retro vibe with a dose of classic pop and rock from the seventies, but at the same time it’s of course something completely new about the sound.

They say themselves that bands like Pixies, Stone Roses and Big Star have been sources of inspiration, but add that they might not sound at all like these. Big Star and a little of Stone Roses is what I come to think of when I read this, and with a garage-indie sound added to it we’re closing in on what their music sounds like. If you’re in Stockholm next week, November 27th, you can watch their live debut on Southside Cavern. You can download the first single here below, and the second one is already available on their Soundcloud page.

Rooni’s site – on Facebookon Spotifyon Wimpon Soundcloud

Run (Into My Arms)

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