October 21, 2014
Oh Land - Head Up High

A new album, a new sound and a no-nonsense pixie cut, Oh Land returns with her first single and video for “Head Up High” off her upcoming album “Earth Sick”. Although the track was initially forgotten, the track saw the light of day after a friend reminded her of the song she wrote for them. Written about her friend struggling romantically, “Head Up High” rides on a dance-pop sound with high-energy, heavy-thumping beats. With it’s dimly-lit video with an angst-filled Oh Land, it’s a bit of a change of direction for the flowery pop-singer now driving harder on this track with more streamlined, beat-driven sound. However, despite the angry fit that Oh Land throws in the video, it’s still an inspirational track. Oh, and her friend, well they’re in a flourishing relationship as we speak.

You can check out “Head Up High” below:

October 17, 2014
Sirena - Chemicals

Written about the little things that make up life, “Chemicals” is the title of Spanish/Swedish songstress and self-proclaimed “spiritual-pop” artist Sirena’s latest track. A protege of the flame-haired, Swedish songwriter Noonie Bao, Sirena’s latest takes a cue from her clunky-pop mentor crafting incongruent pop sounds between the track’s surging wavelike melodies. Music always provided a sense of escapism for Sirena, and “Chemicals” describes her feelings of getting in touch spiritually as if in a drug-like high. You can check out the track below:

October 15, 2014
Disaster in the Universe - Now We’re Gonna Learn to Swim (No Worries, It’s Alright)

In a video of stark contrasts, the latest video from Disaster in a Universe could be described as worlds apart. Their latest video  ”Now We’re Gonna Learn To Swim (No Worries, It’s Alright)" juxtaposes two very different scenes; the first being Norwegian children learning to swim in a leisurely environment and the second being a sink or swim situation for refugees hoping to find a better life in Europe. It’s a bit of a political commentary on the band’s behalf showing something as trivial as learning to swim can be, and almost satirical given the track’s upbeat nature and funky guitar riffs. However as frontman Dosser Schmidt explains the song came about  as a dark realization on what some do to reach the "promise land". The result of a nightmare which he had, Dosser dreamed he was aboard a sinking ship and decided to teach people how to swim. Here’s what Schmidt had to say about the "bad dream":

"This was a period when I had read and heard a lot about "boat people" who drown in the Mediterranean. On average, there are about 7.8 people that drown there every day and it has been like that for several years! These people drown on their way to the dream of a "promised land" but instead are on their way to a Europe that doesn’t care about them, nor want them and has no idea what to do with them. We do not claim to know any solution to the problem, but we believe that if enough people are shining a light on an issue and garnering enough attention to a cause, then that’s a step in the right direction" 

You can check out the video below:

October 15, 2014
Beatrice Eli - Moment of Clarity

With just a week before the release of her debut album “Die Another Day”, Beatrice Eli seems to keep the momentum going with her latest single “Moment of Clarity”. A video with a couple of wardrobe changes and a lot of steamy makeout sessions, Beatrice Eli Blennberger’s latest single is minimalistic yet upbeat, trading her earlier balladeering sound (eg. 2011’s "The Conqueror") for short, quick bursts of staccato-like vocal. Simple yet effective, “Moment of Clarity” races in the dark against the morning sun behind a backdrop of raunch and general mischief. Particularly brilliant is a splendidly-inserted brass section capping off Beatrice Eli’s bouncy and heart-racing single. Check out the video below:

October 15, 2014
Tove Styrke - Borderline

Finding herself on the cold, desolate archipelago of Svalbard, Norway, Tove Styrke puts together a steady-jiving single featuring reggae-infused pop to one of the most remote corners on the planet. Taking place in the Russian-owned ghost town of Pyramiden, Tove Styrke’s “Borderline” carries its lukewarm melodies bringing life to abandoned hallways and empty swimming pools. With her simple and easy-to-follow pop hooks, Tove and her crew radiate the dimly-lit backdrops with their youthful energy singing along to the words, “I’m borderline happy and I’m borderline sad”. An infectious single and a stunning video, you can check out “Borderline” below:

October 10, 2014
Oh Land - Head Up High

Not long since her last year’s release for “Wishbone” (which we were more than thrilled to write about as one of our favorite albums of the year) is Danish pop princess Oh Land’s first track from her upcoming album “Earth Sick”. Using a crowd-sourced pledge project to launch her “Wishbone” follow-up, Oh Land’s Nanna Fabricius penned her latest bedroom track “Head Up High”. Despite the bedroom-pop setup, Oh Land’s single is indeed quite the opposite: it’s a much more “structured” dance-pop track ringing with a more beat-driven sound and heavier pop hooks. Check out the tracklist and her first single “Head Up High” below:

1. “Machine” / 2. “Favor Friends” / 3. “Head Up High” / 4. “Earth Sick” /   5. “Nothing Is Over” / 6. “Doubt My Legs” / 7. “Half Hero” / 8. “Daylight” / 9. “Hot ‘n Bothered” / 10. “Little Things” / 11. “Flags” / 12. “No Particular Order” / 13. “Trailblazer”

You can still pledge to get Oh Land’s album “Earth Sick” with proceeds going to Greenpeace’s “Save the Arctic” campaign. Album drops November 11, 2014.

October 10, 2014
iamamiwhoami - thin/chasing kites


With only a month away before it’s release, iamamiwhoami will be releasing her latest album “Blue” on CD, vinyl and a password-protected website called “The Blue Island”. Anyway album release news aside, Jonna Lee and company have thrown at us not one but two videos for us while the world anticipates the release of “Blue”. The first titled “thin” is a slow and spacious track with its bubbling melodies abruptly cut by heavier beats and iamamiwhoami’s ghostly cries overarching. The second titled “chasing kites” takes a lighter approach with a gentle dance groove and over uplifting electropop hooks. The videos are picturesque, feature sun and sea and as always slightly absurd albeit enjoyingly so. 

October 9, 2014
Korallreven - Spirit Away (ft. China)

Summoning Balearic songstress China Yggström to their aid, is Korallreven’s latest track “Spirit Away”. Riveting with its rave-like sensibilities, “Spirit Away” is an airy and distant haze-pop track gently blends the two vocalists’ voices together. However, it’s not the first time the two have worked together as shown through Daniel Tjäder’s production work on China’s previous track “Hide”.

You can check out “Spirit Away” below:

October 9, 2014
ENA - All Over Me

Filmed in Saravejo, Elena “ENA” Carli Čosović, the Danish emcee behind rap duo Fagget Fairys finds herself back her native Bosnia for her latest video after fleeing the country in 1991. Titled “All Over Me”, the song clings to the memories of better times, like what one feels when one first falls in love. Speaking about the track ENA describes the song as being  about “being overwhelmed when your love for someone has died down”. As Čosović explains, “it’s about having all the intimacy lost in a vacuum  and then the realization of losing it”. It’s a grim feeling but ENA still keeps things sharp and snappy with her soothing voice and her spitting rap verses against the melancholic bass-pumping production of Lasse Lyngbo and Pato Siebenhaar. Check out the video below featuring the picturesque concrete valleys of Sarajevo below:

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