Sunday, February 03, 2008

Jens Lekman - Friday Night At The Drive-In Bingo  

I don't think I've posted anything by Jens (pronounced Yens) before, which is surprising because he's excellent. His latest album has been released in the UK and he has been gaining fans gradually, although I can't imagine him becoming famous here in a mainstream way. He's very Swedish, and if you haven't ever heard any Swedish indie-pop before this is a good introduction to it as although his sound is typical of the genre, this is surely the jolliest of any Swedish indie-pop songs ever made. I absolutely love it, as it gives me fond memories of Sweden (especially Zingo!) and never fails to make me smile with its cheery melody and funny lyrics. It's extra good if you've been to a Swedish small town (or seen films about them, of which there are many) but the sentiments are recognisable in any country. Jens is rather cute as well, which always helps matters, and he's from only 16km away from my favourite boy's hometown, so it's a nice reminder of him to hear Jens' music.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Ola - Can't Get Enough  

I have to say when I got Ola's latest album, apart from the 2 excellent singles I thought it was complete rubbish - very outdated and wimpy. However, it may be both those things but neither one is necessarily preventative of goodness, and once I'd listened to it a bit more a few songs stuck out and I soon found myself quite addicted to this one. It's full of joy, great to sing along to, just pure pop with no pretentions of being anything else, and I'm lucky to say it's quite fitting to my life at the moment, which makes it all the more enjoyable. The song Totally Addicted is still totally cringe-worthy, though...

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