lørdag 16. oktober 2010

Spillelister : Scandinavia 2010

Hør: Playlist : Scandinavia 2010 (i Spotify)

Jeg laget en spilleliste for The Rock Club UK, med musikk verdt å sjekke ut fra Skandinavia. Her er mine 20 favoritter fra 2010 (hittil). Copy/paste rett fra det opprinnelige innlegget forklarer engelsken:

1. Susanne Sundfør / "The Brothel"
Susanne Sundfør has made the best Norwegian album of 2010 (I dare say already!). It is haunting and beautiful, and Sundfør's voice just brings you out of balance a bit, but in a good way. It's a very evocative album, full of echoes, a horn section and harmonies. "The Brothel" does not reflect the rest of the album fully, though; it is much more mellow and ballad-like.

2. Harrys Gym / "Old Man"
Harrys Gym was noticed by a number of international music magazines during By:Larm (Scandinavian music industry conference) in January. Since then, they've released their album, What Was Ours Can't Be Yours, with the first single being "Old Man." Their music is atmospheric and floating, concentrated on melodies evolving through Anne Lise Frøkedal's vocals.

3. The Radio Dept. / "Never Follow Suit"
The Radio Dept. from Sweden released their third album, Clinging to a Scheme, in April. It was well received by both critics and fans. Their dream pop / shoegaze songs are simplistic with a touch of melancholy.

4. Oh No, Ono / "Helplessly Young"
Danish Oh No, Ono's second album, Eggs, is flooded with strange instruments ranging from sitars to a hymnal organ. This is music that will reveal new elements through each listen. Add their psychedelic hooks and strangely harmonic vocals, and this might be the most interesting band you discover this week...

5. Soup / "We Share the Same Breath"
"We Share the Same Breath" opens Norwegian band Soup's double disc album, Children of E.L.B. It's an album of great songs that build up into explosions of noise, layered guitars and fuzz.

6. Efterklang / "Raincoats"
Danish band Efterklang blends acoustic instrumentation with electronics, and with their third full-length album, Magic Chair, they've taken their music into new pop territory. With a new record label (4AD) and a new recording process, their sound is more organic, but still with the same energy and inventiveness.

7. Hope I Die Virgin / "At Crude Garbage Falls"
Hope I Die Virgin will release their first full-length album in 2011. "At Crude Garbage Falls" is the first single released from the album, and the band's been mentioned as a favorite by Lydverket (acclaimed Norwegian alternative music program).

8. Kvelertak / "Ordsmedar av rang"
Norwegian hardcore/metal band Kvelertak played Reading & Leeds festivals this summer, and rumor has it they're listed on BBC Radio 1 (is this true? =) ). They sing in Norwegian, but I don't think it really matters that much. This is more about great riffs and noise!

9. Dunderhonning / "Ny aveny"
Dunderhonning also sings in Norwegian. They released their second album, Sakte ut av fokus, in September, and have since been favorably mentioned by international press, most notably The Guardian (and alsoWaking Up To). I love the guitar solo at the end of "Ny aveny"!

10. Megaphonic Thrift / "Talks Like a Weed King"
This is a band you might see more of in the near future, as they're about to tour in the UK. Norwegian Megaphonic Thrift's music is build around dissonant guitars and melancholy melodies. It's experimental rock of the best kind!

11. PELbO / "Hey People!"
This is such a fun band! They mix jazz and rock into highly melodic songs with great hooks. Most important to their sound is the tuba. It's refreshing and surprising to hear this instrument used as PELbO does it! Their self-titled debut album was released in Norway in March.

12. Jaga Jazzist / "One-Armed Bandit"
Another Norwegian band featuring a horn section is Jaga Jazzist. They play around with elements from jazz and electronica. This is the title track from their 2010 release. With nine band members handling several instruments each, this is a great band to watch live. It's like a sound-fest!

13. Trentemøller / "The Mash and the Fury"
Danish producer Anders Trentemøller released Into the Great Wide Yonder in May, featuring collaborations with singers Marie Fisker and Fyfe Dangerfield, among others. "The Mash and the Fury" is an instrumental, though, with its spooky electronic vibe and a forceful, drifting sound.

14. Röyksopp / "Senior Living"
Norwegian Röyksopp released their 4th studio album, Senior, in September. It's the counterpart of earlier release, Junior, this time focusing solely on instrumentals. Senior has been described as introspective and as having an "autumn mood." Compared to Junior, it's much more down-tempo and atmospheric.

15. Fever Ray / "Mercy Street"
Swedish singer and producer Karin Dreijer's solo project, Fever Ray, is likely familiar. This is her cover version of the Peter Gabriel song, "Mercy Street." Dreijer's voice is so distinct you recognize it immediately, whether she works with Röyksopp as Fever Ray, or as a part of The Knife.

16. Lucy Swann / "For Heaven's Sake"
Part Norwegian, part British, artist Lucy Swann used to be the lead singer in Norwegian band Fountainheads. She released her debut solo album, La Petit Mort, in March. It's a very rhythmic and melodic album, which also shines through on "For Heaven's Sake."

17. Junip / "Always"
Junip is the band of Swedish-Argentinian singer and guitarist José González. Though active for more than a decade, the band only just released their first full-length album in September. As shown through "Always," it's an album emphasizing harmonies and calm, warm melodies.

18. Casiokids / "Verdens Største Land"
Norwegian Casiokids started out playing music for kids. With their wondrous and slightly naive approach to lyrics and electronic music, their popularity has caught on even with grown-ups. This is happy music!

19. jj / "Let Go"
jj is also characterized by their fragile, naive electronic / dream pop music and soft voices. The Swedish duo's been well received, and did a North American tour with The XX this spring.

20. Robyn / "Dancing on My Own"
Swedish Robyn is the biggest pop star on the list, and probably needs no further introduction. She's very popular in Norway, both for her music and for her strong feminist views.

Bilde: Life Outside the Glasshouse av Ida Skivenes

2 kommentarer:

  1. Ja, Ida passet veldig godt til den skandinaviske musikken =) Og til høsten!