August 27, 2014
Merely - Princess Hervor

Like the name the song takes its name from, Merely, the mysterious songstress and third member of Team Rockit comes off as something straight out of Scandinavian folklore. With its intro entering with pounding drums, distant cries and Merely’s crystalline, heart-wrenching vocals, Merely’s latest earth-shattering single is aptly titled “Princess Hervor”, a character pulled from the legendary sagas of Scandinavia. The single will feature on Merely’s soon to be released “Nirvana” and details about the album can be found below. You might recognize this track from teaser sent out earlier this year:

YOURS0207 hypermemory from sincerely yours on Vimeo.

Check out the tracklist below and of course an obligatory little note from Sincerely Yours:

"it came from the north
a white haze with a platinum mane and purple highlights
a jaguar surrounded by an army of kittens

it came from the north
a gentle breeze carrying a planet on fire
fuck, was i scared at first

it came from the north
in a glossy, flowing armor with a life of its own. extraterrestrial shit. heart shaped opening.
it came from the north
this slut, this empress, this sweet child o mine

it came in the north
i still feel the earth trembling
what about you?”

Tracklist:

1. Scandinavia / 2.Lava / 3. Valkyrja / 4. Neutron / 5. Princess Hervor / 6. Nyx / 7. Forever / 8. Seven / 9. Salām

You can grab the LP as well as other goodies on her label SIncerely Yours September 3rd.

August 27, 2014
Anana - August 11th, 2014 - Interview

Hailing from the small island of Nøtterøy in the Oslo fjord, Anniken Jess Iversen of Anana creates dark yet melodic, emotional yet restrained “underwater pop”. “I didn’t know which genre I could place my music in”, says Anana “so, I made my own genre, and tried to describe it as humorous as possible to make fun of this genre-mania”. It may sound like an old cliché to most of us, but Anniken always just wanted to make music and do it her own way. Although we’re already head over heels with her “underwater pop”, Anana is just happy to just have someone listen along. Still not quite used to talking about herself, we spoke to the elusive Norwegian singer-songwriter about her dreams and goals as an artist. 

Words by Peter Quincy Ng

So, for those who don’t know tell us a little about yourself and how you got started into music.

Well, I’m a girl who really enjoys making, playing, producing, arranging and listening to music. I’ve grown up in a music loving family - with a mother always putting on a Prince, Radiohead or Michael Jackson record on the stereo in the living room, and with a father playing Elton John and Supertramp on the piano and Neil Young on the guitar. I started playing classical piano when I was around 6 or 7, and started secretly stealing my parents’ records at 9. I saved up a lot of money, and when I was 14 I bought a 16-track hard disk recorder, a microphone and an electric guitar, and started making my own songs.There covers of Blink-182, of course (laughs). At 19, I got accepted into the BA program in Music Technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and that was it, really! Anana was born.

I’m sure you’re past your Blink-182 phase these days, what inspires Anana these days?

I’m mostly inspired by music, of course and I’ve listened to everything and nothing through the years. The Mars Volta has made a huge impression on me, with their unusual melodies and progressions. The persona of M.I.A. is also a huge inspiration and I have to mention Radiohead, Erykah Badu, Elton John and Jaga Jazzist as influences as well. Film-wise the movies of Wes Anderson have been inspiration to me and I wish more musicians made music like Wes makes movies! As a kid though, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Grieg and Harald Severud had me really inspired.

The music Anana makes is dark yet melodic, and emotive yet restrained. Tell us a little about your sound and what you mean by “dypvannspop”?

The underwater pop (dypvannspop) thing is a bit of a coincidence. I didn’t know which genre I could place my music in, and I’m really not that good with genres. Like, I don’t know where the borders go. So, I made my own genre, and tried to describe it as humorous as possible to make fun of this genre-mania. Musicians are way too serious when it comes to their music.

As for the sound of Anana well, I actually don’t think too much about what kind of sound I want or am making, it just happens. I can’t really describe it myself - it’s up to the listeners to figure out. I know, that’s such a cliché, but I guess it’s kind of a “positive darkness”, if that makes sense. Like you said, it’s very melodic and simple, but at the same time I want to surprise my listeners, and give them elements and progressions they do not expect. I love that in music myself, and I’m so sick of your predictable hit song where you can sing along even though you’ve never heard the song before. I want my listeners to find new elements in a song every time they listen to it. So, I guess my sound has a “simple complexity” of some sort.

Well you’ve had your first single out for quite some time. How has that been so far?

Island was a stepping stone for me as a musician. I wanted things as I wanted them, so I decided to release it by myself. My first real single ever and on my own label! Kinda cool, but of course you won’t be able to reach as many as you would have with a label supporting you. I didn’t want to make any compromises with my music, so I had to pay the price, I guess but I love it, because all I ever wanted and still want is to make music.  It’s a huuuuge plus just knowing people want to listen to my music and something I really don’t expect! However of course it would have been nice to make a living out of this though maybe in the future - hopefully (laughs).



You’ve come a long way from your small town of Nøtterøy tell us a little about it?

Nøtterøy is a small island in the Oslo fjord just south of Oslo. It’s a really beautiful, idyllic island in the summertime, and considered to be the rich Oslo kids’ Hamptons. It’s where all of Oslo spends their summer days and they really just take over the island, and treat it like a dump. During the autumn, winter and spring there’s really not that much to do when living on Nøtterøy. So I got by spending my days listening to all sorts of music, traveling to Oslo to try to sneak in to concerts because Nøtterøy has no “scene” whatsoever and just “hanging out” at a nearby gas station with my friends and their bikes (laughs). But really, Nøtterøy in the summer is the most beautiful place on earth!

But what about your current surroundings in Oslo right now? Can you give us a recommendation if we’d want to visit?

Oslo is a really beautiful and really shitty city. It’s a good mix of the best people you’ll ever meet in the entire world, and the worst. Oslo tries so hard to be this European “metropolis”, but is just a big town where you almost know everybody - which is something I love about Oslo. On the outside, Oslo people seem rude and stressed out, but if you get to know them they’re warm, cosy and very kind. It just takes time.

The best place in Oslo is of course Grünerløkka, with its unique shops, cafes and bars. The best bar in Oslo however is in Youngstorget right in the middle of Oslo. Make sure you pay Angst a visit if you’re in town. However, a very special place that never gets enough attention when talking about Oslo is Emanuel Vigeland’s Mausoleum on Slemdal. If you ever go to Oslo you’ll probably hear a lot about the (Gustav) Vigeland’s Park, and Emanuel Vigeland was the guy behind the park’s brother. Emanuel spent all of his life in envy of his brother, and made his own grave as a huge middle finger towards him. You should go there haha (laughs).

If anyone does happen to come across your music is there a message you would like to convey? Do you have any words of advice or plans for the future?

 I really want to make better music - become better in my craft. I want to make a living out of it, so I can devote all of my time to the music. So, that is my goal.

In my music I just want to convey some sort of emotion. Perhaps to convey a memory from when they were a teenager with all that anger, frustration, sadness but ultimately hope. I just really hope they get inspired to do or make something. I guess I want my listeners to get stuff out of their system.

You can check out Anana’s latest single “The Easy Path” below:



More information about Anana can be found on her Facebook or Soundcloud.

August 26, 2014
Team Me - Blind as Night

Weird and wonderful are a few words to describe the latest visual distortion that is Team Me’s latest video for “Blind as Night”. With its post-rock edge, twinkling xylophone and clashing male and female vocals, the whimsical single rings with the same grandeur as the Norwegian wilderness. Shot in reverse, slow-motion and bent in all shapes and sizes check out the dazzling video below:

August 26, 2014
Medina - Giv Slip


If you’re familiar with Medina then you know that it’s probably going be a saucy music video we have here, also if you’re familiar with  Medina you are probably going to expect a hook-laden dance-pop anthem from the Danish songstress. Brought to us by the fizzy equally Danish and poppy beverage Schweppes, we see Medina as the beach babe in her latest video on the sand with “Giv Slip” which would probably translate to something like the word “release” or “let go”. Like I mentioned it’s quite a saucy video (even for Medina standards) and also like I mentioned it’s Medina so you have something easily digestible for your pop ears… and maybe eyes as well.

Check it out below:

August 26, 2014
First Aid Kit - Master Pretender

Sweden’s foremost sister folk-duo First Aid Kit return to the forefront this time for an acoustic rendition for their latest track “Master Pretender”. It’s sweet, smooth and pitch-perfect in this latest version of the track which just so happens to be shot by the Shout Out Louds’ Ted Malmros. Dim the lights and watch First Aid Kit drop the “F-bomb” (shocking!) in their latest:

August 26, 2014
Tove Lo - Not on Drugs

Although the track is titled “Not on Drugs”, Tove Lo has been riding high on her pop pedestal in a place reserved for some of Sweden’s biggest crossover acts like Icona Pop, Robyn and Swedish House Mafia. With its hook-laden chorus and pop-ballad vocals soundtracking the video for “Not on Drugs”, its not hard to see why Tove “Lo” Nilsson’s emotive on-screen outbursts in mists of colored smoke have earned her international success.  You can check out the video below:

August 25, 2014
The Embassy - Information

Not a new track if you’ve been following Gothenburg pop act The Embassy however we do have a new video. Noted by The Embassy’s lightly-strumming guitar and calm vocals, the track in commemoration is “Information” a flashback to their 2004 EP “Wearing Our Pop Art Hearts on Our Sleeves”. The video below features skateboarding by Ali Boulala and you can send yourself down memory lane by watching the video below:

August 18, 2014
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour - My Club

Blasting back into pop world orbit is the latest video from The Asteroids Galaxy Tour’s most recent single. Getting down on a more pop-driven, hook-laden structure on the single titled “My Club”, majestic horn loops intersect with quirky whistles and lead vocalist Mette Lindberg’s squeaky lounge singer sound. Bright and colorful like the bands music, the video is a bit of a green-screened redux of The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” zooming in and out with multiple exposures of Mette, Lars and team.

Check it out below:

August 10, 2014
Hello Saferide - I was Jesus

She may be a woman of many names, but this time Annika Norlin of Säkert! assumes the role of Jesus in her English-language project Hello Saferide. Somewhere between a lyric video and a number carefully-placed items, Annika’s saviour song “I Was Jesus” directed by Mats Udd sing-speaks of Norlin’s religious allusions to clanging tambourine and strumming guitars. Short, sweet and wonderfully twee  ”I Was Jesus” will appear on the album “The Fox, the Hunter and Hello Saferide”. You can check out the track below:

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