NEW MUSIC: Childmind – Island Of Lambs

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Psychedelic explorations of the electric kind are the order of the day on this new single from Childmind – Sweden’s Hannes Glans. ‘Island Of Lambs’, a dark story about the Swedish island of Gotland, excels in its constantly changing vistas. One second it’s pulsing kosmiche electronica and the next it ramps up into a heady rock mantra worthy of comparison to King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. It bodes well for his upcoming album, set for release on limited vinyl on September 25th via Black Hair Records.

NEW MUSIC: Silvermannen – Gryning

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Playfulness in electronic music can be a hard thing to capture, without sounding like pop music and lacking depth and nuance. Silvermannen (Sweden) have got the balance just right. ‘Gryning’ is light on it’s feet but still has a weight of gentle melancholy to it. It’s definitely more autumnal than summery in its vibe. There’s more than a whiff of nostalgia in the synth sounds – harking back to early Depeche Mode and elements of Kraftwerk. Lovely stuff.

‘Gryning’ comes from the new album Mitt i Bilden which is released today, June 7th.

NEW MUSIC: Wine Flies – Business

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Some wonderfully weird-pop here courtesy of Wine Flies, the solo project of Swedish musician Henrik Lennartsson. It hits that same spaced-out, fever dream vibe of John Maus and Ariel Pink with a warped, lo-fi production aesthetic that accentuates the haunted feel of the music.

“Business was the result of me, merely improvising keys over a beat. I never know what I’m gonna get, since I don’t write the songs beforehand. I’m not at all classically trained in any form, I always just play whatever chords or notes I know until I get something that sounds alright (at least to me). My biggest inspiration is all the bad/boring music I’ve ever heard, because it makes me feel absolutely no pressure what so ever. I simply aim to create something listenable, preferably a hit, but mostly just barely okay. I’m basically just trying to have fun with it, because why not? 

I’d say that my fuel/drive in all of this comes down to the concept of irony. It completely destroyed me as a person, when it first hit me as a younger man, but it is also now the thing that makes me sane and keeps me going, because life is ridiculous, and so am I.“

 

NEW MUSIC: Wy – Softie

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Malmö, Sweden duo (Ebba and Michel) Wy are set to released their second LP Softie, at the end of April and this is the title track, a swelling swoon of a song that takes in pop angst, dream-pop swirl and an indie aesthetic. At various times it reminds us of Siouxsie Sioux and Anna Calvi singing the music of Cocteau Twins. It’s emotional and passionate music with cool angles and it threatens but never pushes the emotive quotient too far into bombast. This is their second album and third release following their debut EP Never Was (2016) and their 10-track LP Okay (2018).

‘Softie’ is an attempt at proving there is more than one way of being a functioning human being. The album is about coping, growing out of your fears, learning how to distance yourself from your anxieties and the ups and downs that comes with being bipolar. ‘Softie’ is ultimately about releasing the pressure from yourself and that’s what we have been doing in the process of writing these songs. We ended up with a record that was turbulent, back and forth and non-conforming. And we love that, because it feels very ‘us’ and we really wanted our second album to hit you in the face rather than rock you to sleep.”

 

NEW MUSIC: Surmland Sound Science – Analysis: Unidentified KHz

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We’re hitting up some sounds from Sweden today, in the form of this track from Surmland Sound Science. It comes from their EP The First Thesis. There’s not much to be found online about the group or individual – no Facebook or Spotify presence. I guess they let the music do the talking and we’ll take that. ‘Analysis: Identified KHz’ is an instrumental piece that sounds like a mystery noir soundtrack filtered through a Bond theme, as played by a 00’s post-rock group. Intriguing? Dig into their EP, on Bandcamp, for more…

NEW MUSIC: Umifozi – Asterkross

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Umfozi (Elias Araya) hails from Sweden and is the former drummer for indie band Junip. His solo project sees him channelling self-confessed influences such as Alice Coltrane, Neurosis and Sylvester and creating these hypnotic instrumental pieces that are built on percussive elements yet they possess floating, drifting avant-jazz and electronic qualities that take the pieces to quite interesting and subtle places.

You can listen to the rest of his EP Asterkross on Spotify.