Photo from Susanne Sundfør’s “White Foxes”
As we mentioned in our last post, we’ve steered clear of many of the years trends from British boybands, hipster R&B to “Gangnam Style”, not because we think we’re better than you but to put out what we thought were the biggest (and often smaller) pop tracks from the Nordics that made this year what it was. Sure we’ve avoided many of the fads, memes and trends, but it doesn’t mean we love a gimmicky video, because everyone needs a selling point. In the end, if a song or video speaks to you, then it is a good song - plain and simple. So without further ado, here’s our Top 25 Nordic video singles of the year, with a special mention for those videos which were taken down and could no longer be with us today.
#1 Susanne Sundfør - “White Foxes” - Norway
Our top video single of 2012 was an easy choice. Directed by Mats Udd, the video which revolves around four separate stories whose common thread is the fox is brilliantly cut. Combine that with the song’s icy synths and Sundfør’s operatic vocals and we have ourselves a clear winner.
Also kudos to Sundfør for also having the live performance of the year.
#2 iamamiwhoami - “kill” - Sweden
As seemingly absurd as Jonna Lee’s iamamiwhoami project can seem on the surface, the underlying notions of its lyrics and visual presentation yield something deeply heartfelt and visceral.
#3 Jonathan Johansson - “Centrum” - Sweden
Taking the lead in a local Swedish production of Dracula and working behind the scenes in The Knife’s “Tomorrow in a Year”, this modern poet with his dramatic falsettos certainly knows something about stage presence.
#4 Young Dreams - “Fog of War” - Norway
Working again with director Kristoffer Borgli, Young Dreams’ “Fog of War” once again deals with the lost of innocence. Definitely a video worth checking out if you can stomach the idea of a burning dog that is.
#5 Taken by Trees - “Dreams” - Sweden
While for many years Victoria Bergsman has painted herself as a shy and elusive person, her stronger and more confident work on the Balearic blast that is “Other Worlds” shows Bergsman is no longer that “scared little girl”.
#6 Postiljonen - “How Will I Know / All That We Had Lost” - Norway/Sweden
While Whitney Houston may have been passed away earlier this February, Sweden’s Postiljonen brings new life to the Houston single through its Balearic pop twist.
#7 World Tour - “Forever Tonight” - Sweden
From their small town of Funäsdalen in western Sweden, World Tour proclaims it’s a good place to live and a good place to die. With its breathtaking backdrops and stunning panoramas it’s easy to see why.
#8 Nordpolen - “När mitt blod pumpar i dig” - Sweden
It’s Balearic for the person who likes Balearic.
#9 Alpaca Sports - “Just for Fun” - Sweden
A charming duet who sing charming twee pop songs. Add in some overgrown members of the llama family and you’re probably dying from cute overload.
#10 MØ - “Pilgrim” - Denmark
No big budget required here, but rather a found footage video perfectly synchronized to Karen Marie Orsted’s eclectic R&B sound.
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