Låtsaspoeten – “Två steg fram”

May 27, 2016 at 5:18 pm


Now Låtsaspoeten, aka Jon Rinneby, has released his third album in a year, an accomplishment in itself. It’s even more impressive with the high quality of the albums, and how he constantly evolves his sound and seems to be able to pick up anything around him to write a song about. I really enjoyed the first two albums, maybe the second “Nattmusik för människor” the most, where he started blending the acoustic poetic songs with vibes from dreamy folkindie into a more colourful mixture.

“Två steg fram” continues in this direction, but adds even more shades, playfulness and variation. He begins with his specialty, one of these melodic figures that refuses to leave your head afterwards, in “Hösten är vår”. Yes, it was so sticky that I found myself humming the melody in the supermarket when I was reminding myself what I had to buy: “We’re out of milk”. At the same time he throws us into a feeling of fellowship which sticks with us through the album as he digs into personal reflections, everday life and human delusions. I even smile in recognition when he sings about dyscalculia, even though I’m not afflicted by this term myself. He is quite a nice chap to hang out with this Jon, and wise as well, and poetic. The ability to make the songs soar with beautiful melodies, soft vocal harmonies and echoing riffs are there all the time, but it’s also down to earth and full of rough edges which makes it all land in a tousled folksong indie. In this trilogy of strong albums, this was the most fun to listen to. But I suspect that he won’t stop there, and that the next one is already on its way.

Låtsaspoeten on Facebook – on Spotify – on Apple Music

Funeral Suits – “Tree of Life”

May 4, 2016 at 4:07 pm

Funeral Suits

The Irish quartet Funeral Suits has released a strong video to their latest single “Tree of Life”. It’s about the 7  deadly sins, which are placed in a modern financial context, a fitting topic these days. They have had quite some success before with their videos, first of all with “Those Friendly People” in 2012, a video that has attracted millions of viewers. It’s a great song also, a percussion-heavy, dramatic indie electronica which almost feels like a reincarnation of the early Tears For Fears.

Funeral Suits hemsidaon Facebookon Spotifyon Apple Music

The Culture In Memoriam – “We Will Always Love You”

April 29, 2016 at 2:42 pm

The Culture In Memoriam

Victor Håkansson and his The Culture In Memoriam are back with a new single, which is also the first peek at the upcoming album “History’s Dust”. It’s an impassioned strike at the hollow values of the adult world, that builds up to a grandiose final where I immediately join them in the chorus. We also get a bonus track in the shape of “Foggy Days In Malmö” where Victor is left alone with his guitar and his intensity in a folkindie-vibing song.

The Culture In Memoriam on Facebookon Spotifyon Apple Music

Two Year Vacation – “Dresscode: Safari” EP

April 21, 2016 at 6:07 pm

Two Year Vacation

I wrote about the debut single from Two Year Vacation one and a half year ago, and it seems like they are still on holiday. Tomorrow they are releasing their debut EP “Dresscode: Safari” on the new label Vårø. I wouldn’t say that the savanna is what comes to mind when I listen, but definitely summer, pleasance and carefree days. Basically they have an organic indiepop sound to which they add happy synth lines. It’s stirring and full of contagious cheerfulness, even when they slow down, and these two songs here below will be accompanied tomorrow by another three songs which sound just as great.

Two Year Vacation on Facebookon Spotifyon Apple Music

Boys – “Happy Hour”

April 14, 2016 at 5:29 pm


Nora Karlsson, guitarplayer in Holy, has a solo project running which she calls Boys. Last year she released the EP “Kind of Hurt”, and is now heading for the follow-up “Love On Tour”. It will be launched in May and as a first taste she is showing us the song “Happy Hour”. It’s a sweet shoegaze-vibing garage indie track with a dreamy, melancholic atmosphere. Which is emphasizing the lyrics about the emptiness she felt when she returned to everyday life after Holy’s tour in England last year.

Boys on Facebookon Spotifyon Apple Music

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