Sweden exports a lot of audacious acts, and it’s rare to find music from an artist that doesn’t fit that bill.
Cue the project of timid indie pop crooner, Frithiof Stenvall (aka Tall Blonde), who resides amongst the Northern forests of Sweden.
Frithiof initially found interest in music when he formed a band in 2013. The self-named project released three singles but things took a turn in 2017, when two of the band’s members left and Frithiof suddenly found himself fronting a solo project. Not deterred by the unexpected news, Frithiof took the new name Tall Blonde and finished writing his EP ‘Wonderful’, out today on Diginorth / Musichelp.
Sounds like: Tom Odell, Coldplay, Cage The Elephant, Radiohead
We’ve been fans of New Zealand talent, So Below, for a while now.
We wanted to find out what helps So Below write her incredibly reflective, dark electronic pop, so what better way than her expressing it in a playlist?
“In this playlist I feel like a have a memory or feeling associated with each song, they all have a nostalgic quality to them. Like The Dodos track for example makes me think of sitting on my mums roof at her old house in Auckland and drinking beers with my friends in summer. Or the Trentemoller track makes me think of waiting at the bus stop for the bus to go to work and its pouring down with rain. All such great songs!”
Sounds like: Raindear, Kate Boy, The Naked And Famous, MUNA, Ofelia K, Monogem, Bo Rocha
German-based Satin Jackets teams up with British singer, David Harks on ‘Northern Lights’.
As with all of Satin Jackets’ music, ‘Northern Lights’ has a distinct cosmic vibe, which is to be expected with the title of the song. Add to the mix, nostalgic vocal tones and reflective melodies, to create a breathtaking listening experience.
It’s out today on Eskimo Recordings.
Sounds like: Empire Of The Sun, Goldroom, RAC, Hot Chip, Cut Copy, Du Tonc, Future Islands, Phoenix
Love songs don’t have to be all about the doom and gloom of a relationship, they can be about the music you adore. Brooklyn locals, Secret Weapons do just this with uplifting new single, ‘Comeback Season’.
The twosome deliver a positive message about overcoming the odds (specifically the struggles they encountered whilst writing their album), which is further highlighted by the delightful addition of a gospel choir!
It’s out now via Epic.
Sounds like: Youngr, The 1975, Lionel Richie, The Levity, The Island Club, Ghost Beach, Backstreet Boys, LANY, Great Good Fine Ok, The Knocks
Continuing with his monthly release schedule, VILDE, shares ‘Maintain’.
The music of VILDE – an innovative music project set up by Stockholm-based Thomas Savage, former member of Kins – is dutifully firm and ‘Maintain’ stands by that mentality with its racing drum beat and Savage’s claustrophobic vocals.
Elaborating on the themes behind ‘Maintain’, Vilde explains, “The subject matter of the song is somewhat of a crammed amalgamation of ideas. Part inspired by the film ‘Ace in the Hole’, where a news reporter begins to twist events in a dark way to gain fame through his portrayal of the story. There’s some pretty bleak imagery in the lyrics, yet bits of optimism seep through too, provoking a sense of solitude, release & calm.”
July 21 – Kantine Am Berghain, Berlin w/ Foreign/National
July 29 – Old Blue Last, London w/ Foreign/National
Sounds like: Wild Beasts, Spektor, Radiohead, Thomas Azier, James Blake, Ulrich Schnauss, TV on the Radio, BØRNS, Tim Hecker, Future Islands
VILDE is the innovative music project of Stockholm-based Thomas Vilde, former member of Kins.
We have no idea what ‘study dance’ means, but this is how VILDE describes his new single, ‘Strictly Speaking’, and we dig.
It is the third in a series of monthly releases, following ‘Produce’ and ‘Dreamboat’.
Whilst ‘Strictly Speaking’ commences as an energetic rendition (Hayden Thorpe from WildBeasts comes to mind), it soon takes an unexpected turn down a street of ominous and heavier bass lines, before taking yet another turn into an lighter, more ethereal landscape.
This is song construction that is not often seen within music these days, and it’s a very welcome change.
Sounds like: Wild Beasts, Spektor, Radiohead, Thomas Azier, James Blake, Ulrich Schnauss
Meet electronic band, Fröst, a collaboration between Franco-Swedish sound artist Johanna Bramli (vocalist for Stereolab offshoot Imitation Electric Piano) and Fujiya & Miyagi’s synth player and producer, Steve Lewis.
‘Crackling on the Wire’ combines icy, minimalistic electronic landscapes with motorik beats. There are even elements of the Madchester rave culture from the 90’s in there too.
The track is out on 9th December via Lost Room Records.
Sounds like: Lilies on Mars, Massive Attack, Kate Boy, Radiohead, Kraftwerk
What’s half of nothing? Well, “nothing” you might answer, but that isn’t strictly true with our next act, RobBravery, who is altering perspectives on ‘You Take Half’.
Idiosyncratic in nature, and already drawing comparisons to Porishead and MassiveAttack, the video for ‘You Take Half’ follows Rob as he battles with the desire to succeed without compromising in some form or another.
Warning. The scenes in the video will be very familiar to those who have witnessed, or been party to, a disintegration of some sort.
‘You Take Half’ is the lead track from his upcoming EP, out on 2 September via Insanity / SonyMusic an available for pre-order on iTunes here.
Rob has worked with Sneaker Pimps‘, LiamHowe (FKATwigs, LanaDelRey) on the EP.