Friday, March 30, 2007
On this track two well-known Swedish indie-pop female singers teamed up to create a story in a song. The story is of two girls who used to be penpals and they talk of how their lives have changed and wonder if the other's has changed as much, and what's happened to them since. It's a simple, slow song, but a lovely, touching one with interesting lyrics, so it's never boring. It may not be bursting with poptasticness, but I think every one of you will love this song. It certainly made me stop and listen. It has quite a hilarious ending as well, surprisingly since it begins so sweetly! There's a great, very literal video
for it too. I only just got into Hello Saferide and now I wish I'd listened to her music earlier, as I've known of
her for quite a while. I also recommend The Quiz, San Francisco and Highschool Stalker, which have similarly cute and funny lyrics, and Annika's lovely Swedish-accented singing.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Breaking through to the mainstream pop market with their catchiest, poppiest single, Stay The Night
, Ghosts have only hinted at the beautiful music they are capable of creating. Their MySpace, showcasing 4 songs from their forthcoming album, reveals all. Temporary is stunning, as good as Snow Patrol's Final Straw highlights (Chocolate, Run etc.), Ghosts (the song the band named themselves after) is a bouncy summery haze which reminds me of Hal
, and this one, the title track of their album, is my favourite. The World Is Outside is not earth-shatteringly momentous or ground-breakingly original, but I sit here and it makes me smile and feel like life is good. Is there anything better than that?
Thursday, March 22, 2007
I was very lucky last night to have the chance to see the very ace Swedish pop group The Sounds play live in London. Unlike previous Swedish gigs I've been to in the UK (eg. Melody Club and The Ark) where there was a tiny crowd, mostly of Swedes, The Sounds managed to pack out the fairly large Islington Academy and the only Swedish accent I heard was from Maja Ivarsson herself! I can't remember when I last saw a band who were so precisely on the verge of becoming huge. This week they finally released their latest album, Dying To Say This To You, in the UK and it was right at the front of Fopp (ace music shop), and they had a 2-page feature in NME. Their star is rising and I hope it will continue to do so - we really do need more Swedes in the UK charts right now. My copy of the CD, ordered cheaply from Sweden, arrived by chance on Monday and of course I have been listening to it ever since, to make sure I knew all the songs for the gig. There were a few I already knew and loved (Painted By Numbers
and Tony The Beat
particularly) but it was this track which stood out to me as every time it came on my mp3 player in a public place I wound up embarrassing myself by singing or dancing along. It will already be familiar to some as it was released as a single in the USA and Sweden.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
Here's my second embarrassing mumsy post, but yet again I do genuinely think it's a brilliant song. It's a cover of the Heart power ballad, by a Fame Factory winner who generally sounds like a 1-man Swedish Westlife, so it should be awful but every time it comes on Rix FM I have to stop what I'm doing and sing along. I've always liked the Heart song, but reimagined as a boyband ballad it somehow turns into the best boyband ballad I've heard in a long time. Every time it gets to the "Til now" part, I just have to join in and from then on I'm consumed by the power ballad drama. It's just one of those cover versions you never imagined would work or be any good at all, but somehow it's amazing - only in Sweden! If you don't know the original, just download this and pretend it's the Backstreet Boys, cos it really sounds like it - it's like having a whole new BSBs song, and probably better than their new material since I hear they're writing it themselves, without Max Martin.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
I posted this last year when the Lovebites recorded a cover of The Primitives song which this too is a cover of, and now Matt Willis, 1/3 of the reason for Lovebites existence is having a go himself, so I thought I would re-post it to remind you of the actual best version. I must say Matt's version
is surprisingly good, although it is more of a surprise for him to be doing something good than it is for a version of Crash to be good, because it really is a superbly ace song. Shebang have been away for a while but they finally have a new album out, released today in fact - hear all the songs in full here
Saturday, March 10, 2007
This site is getting very Swedish at the moment and I'm afraid that's not about to change as I have yet another ace Swedish song to post. Well, someone has to since the amazing Swedish pop blog Catchy Tunes of Sweden
is no longer with us. While perhaps not so frivolously jubilant as many of the songs I post here, this certainly isn't a miserable song, but it is quite sweet. The music of the intro particularly is very jolly. Lisa is more middle-of-the-road and mumsy than the typical schlager queens or indie chicks we get from Sweden, but she does it very well and has produced several lovely songs over her career, which now spans 6 years. She just turned 32 yesterday, so happy birthday Miss Miskovsky! Some interesting facts about Lisa are that she wrote the lyrics to Shape of My Heart by the Backstreet Boys, and she is a member of the Swedish national snowboarding team!
Friday, March 09, 2007