Wednesday, February 21, 2007
The Swedish Pipettes by way of Camera Obscura and the Sugababes? Sounds like a recipe for success and the results don't disappoint. Those Dancing Days are five trendy school-girls from Stockholm, and the real life versions are just as cute as the cartoon, but I couldn't find a photo of them all together and I can never help posting cute cartoons. Every band should have one. The girls have posted up four songs for download on their MySpace, my favourite being Hitten, closely followed by self-titled Those Dancing Days, Tasty Boy and Discho... OK, I'll just say I love all of them! Hitten is the least electro-sounding of the MySpace songs, but the beginning of it is so Pull Shapes-esque I just can't resist.
Monday, February 19, 2007
The Ark now have a strong challenger for my Melodifestivalen 2007 support, as Måns has followed them in gaining a place in the final, which takes place on 10th March. His chances don't seem too strong as his competitors include the hugely popular Sebastian Karlsson, who came second in the series of Idol where Måns placed fifth and enters MF with his best song yet, a certain crowd-pleaser, but Måns also has an excellent entry. Cara Mia is a dance-pop song, quite similar in style to last year's Eurovision entry Tornero by Mihai Traistariu, but lighter and poppier and with an amazingly catchy chorus. It's extremely uplifting, it's not left my head since I first heard it on Saturday, and I have hardly stopped playing it. I also must take a moment to mourn the loss from MF 2007 of Magnus Carlsson, which not only means that for the first time in my following the contest there will be no Alexander Bard protegée in the final, but also that an amazing song has lost out, as Magnus' entry was a masterpiece in the vein of the brilliant Swedish singer Bosson, also harking back (perhaps too much, even) to Take On Me by A-Ha. It's up for download here
, and hopefully it will go on to be a big hit outside of the competition - I'll be very surprised if I don't hear it many a time on my beloved Rix FM in the coming months.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
This is such a moving sad song, it's really lovely. Its realness makes it special. The male and female singers are both great, showing emotion delicately and earnestly. I love how it builds up and a phrase like 'Meet me next to fahrenheit', which doesn't really make sense, somehow sounds really profound! The simplicity make the song, and even though I'm not entirely sure what they're on about, I can feel all the indeterminable emotions. I guess you can take it to be whatever emotion you want to feel. The WinterKids are great songwriters, definitely a band to watch out for, more for their greatness than bigness, though I have little doubt that they will be big. They haven't released an album yet but when they do it's sure to be worth buying. Their other songs are more jolly and bouncy and have super-catchy choruses, particularly their amazingly ace previous single Tape It which you can download here
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Dima Bilan doesn't release many songs in English (it's pretty much a yearly event), but when he does they are always completely brilliant. I am hoping that his next album will be simply made up of great pop songs like this, Never Let You Go and It's Not That Simple - if it is, it could be the best album of 2007. I'm sure you already know and love NLYG and INTS, and Lady Flame (which was a b-side to NLYG in Sweden, but has a video
so presumably was a single in Eastern Europe) is similar to the former but faster, poppier, cheesier, more of a disco-pop sound, and extremely catchy. Bizarrely, I saw an advert for a ringtone of this on a music channel the other day, suggesting it may be released as a single here. It doesn't stand a chance of being a hit but I'll certainly be picking up a copy if I can find one. I only wonder why he didn't save this for Eurovision, it would be perfect, although perhaps too much of a conventional pop song to be a winner. Amusing Dima fact: His first single was called 'Bum'!
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Knowing that this band were friends of Fall Out Boy and Panic! At The Disco, I couldn't believe my ears when I heard their single Wine Red
last July. It was not emo or even rock at all, but a lovely and unusual acoustic-pop song. I listened to it often, but not until today did I dare to seek out any more of their work, expecting Wine Red to be their one-off good song. And yes, they do have some quite rubbish ones which make my ears ache, but they also have some really interesting pop songs on their album, including this one which is nothing but fun. It's a bit cabaret, musical-esque, with hints of ska and swing. It's bouncy, melodramatic and silly, and although you can hear similarities in the boy's way of singing to those emo bores, he makes that sound into something completely different and highly enjoyable.
Friday, February 09, 2007