April 15, 2014
Pieces of Juno - Saffron

Photo: Tonje Thilesen

Taking us to the backwoods of rural Norway is Pieces of Juno’s video debut for “Saffron”. A track full of twists and turns, “Saffron” details a morning run gone awry. Like the yellowish spice, “Saffron” is one of differing contrasts with the palate of lightly-seasoned track switching from the gentle ruffling of quick arpeggios and soft coos to the track’s deeper crushing synth keys.

You can check out the video below:

Saffron from Pieces of Juno on Vimeo.

April 9, 2014
Nite Flights - From Her to Infinity

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Secret projects? That’s so Swedish! Well we know who this masked avenger is but well that would ruin the fun behind our latest surprise who happens to be a tall, dark and mysterious, mustached gentleman wouldn’t it? Like a really cool pair of sneakers, this title of this latest project is titled Nite Flights and eschews of a Veronica Vasicka dubbed minimal wave - space-age disco that’s heavy on the synths. Wanting to leave his music more open to interpretation Nite Flights decided to do away with the lyrics and instead described his latest single “From Her to Infinity” as floating away in deep space or a long flight home crossing the international dateline.  

You can check out his latest effort here:

April 3, 2014
Iisa - Neljä ja puoli

Making an album is never easy. After spending days, months and years compiling the songs you’ve written it usually comes down to the ten or twelve tracks you think best fit the idea of your record and unfortunately some songs will inevitably be left out. However fortunately enough Finnish songstress Iisa whose record we simply adore (see review here) decided to give the world a new track or rather essentially what was a leftover from her debut LP. Titled “Neljä ja puoli” which translates to “four and a half”, Iisa thought the  track was too similar to some of the others on the album and decided to scrap it when it came to the final cut. “Neljä ja puoli”  was resurrected while Iisa was on tour and it’s not hard to see why. The song which is about sleepless nights and insomnia, is light and easy with the gentle guitar work adorning Iisa Pykäri’s vocal calm over a spacious and cavernous reverb.

Currently working on new material and a new album, Pykäri looks for inspiration in the springtime, but for now you can check out ”Neljä ja puoli” below:

April 2, 2014
NATTEN - Disco Anticimex

Stockholm dark-jazz disco ensemble Natten have once again crawled out of the woodwork and this time with a new video for “Disco Anticimex” off their latest EP  ”Omen”. On “Disco Anticimex” sinister undercurrents cut through the saxophone loops and looming reverb, while the band performs in the snow in work coats and gas masks - a possible allusion to the pest control company which the song takes its name from.

You can watch the video and check out the “Omen” in full below:

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April 2, 2014
Tomas Barfod - Happy (feat. Eddie Chacon)

Featuring Eddie Chacon from 90s pop duo Charles and Eddie, “Happy” is Tomas Barfod’s latest video single. A dark little track juxtaposed with its lightly twinkling electronic ambience, the video follows the an elderly man having the time of his life dancing it off in his dark, gloomy yet uber-cool house. A tale of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, guest vocalist Eddie Chacon had this to say about the track:

The lyrics to Happy came about differently than any song I have written before. One day while driving in Los Angeles with my wife we were talking about a person’s natural disposition. She labeled me an eternal optimist. I thought about that for a second before I replied that this world is hard on artists. In my 35 year music career starting in the late 70′s in San Francisco and leading up until now that I had seen so many of my great musician friends slip away due to aids, drugs, car accidents, suicide and even santaria but that I had decided I was gonna be happy. My wife was moved by this and insisted I make a song out of it. I’ve attended many funerals in my life and I always think the same thing: Any day above ground is a good day.

Check out the video below:

April 2, 2014
Darkness Falls - Hazy

Trentemøller’s electropop proteges Darkness Falls are back in the spotlight with their eerie brand of synthpop, this time with their video for “Hazy”. Taking to the themselves to the rural corners of Denmark, members Josephine Philip and Ina Lindgreen throwdown an all-serious, no smiles hoedown. With its heavily-sustained synthesizers, fading guitar twang and nocturnal twinkle, Darkness Falls stay true to their namesake.

Check out the single, its remixes and the video below:

March 26, 2014
Moto Boy - Too Young to Know

"Too Young to Know" is the latest single from Malmo’s Moto Boy off his album "Keep Your Darkness Secret" released today. Dark and moody, Moto Boy’s latest single is filled with Humlebo’s breathy vocals, spooky guitar twang and punchy synthpop beats. Shot in black and white, Moto Boy once again got a bit emo with the hard-pinned lights blaring at his face for his latest video.

You can check out his latest effort below:

March 26, 2014
Alice Boman - What

With a new EP to follow up from last year’s “Skisser” soon on the decks, “What” is the first single from Alice Boman’s upcoming album “II”. Another gem from the dream-weaving hands of the Malmö resident, “What” flows in a sleepwalking daze with Boman’s gentle coos rising over heavily-dampered piano keys.

Check out the ethereal track below: 

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