Trust the danish quintet Værket to defy the constraints of indie culture with wild explosions of prog rock deconstruction. Queen and Jethro Tull goes to bed with Frank Zappa and Black Sabbath resulting in a bastard love child. This their debut album is brimming with the hubris and impatience and zapper minds of youth (all[…]
A very emotive, ambient-laden experimental jazz album. A spiritual and beautiful piece, evoking the spirits of Talk Talk and David Sylvian. Skúli and Hilmar are long standing members of the international “outer limits” jazz world, with roots in the 90’s NY downtown scene. Here they are joined by Norwegian trumpeter and singer Arve Henriksen in[…]
Fourth album by Finnish metal scene outsiders is a unique mixture of black metal, psychedelic pop and post-rock. Värähtelijä means “oscillator” or “vibrator”. Oranssi is orange in Finnish, Pazuzu used to be the Assyrian demon for winds and storms, kind of a hard core weatherman.
In the not too rich tradition of Norwegian contemporary soul music, the brilliant debut album by Nosizwe Baqwa stands out with its left of centre production, personal, conscious lyrics and gorgeous vocals. The single «The Best Drug» is a good example of her style, with its quirky bassline and massively soulful melodies. The album is[…]
Kornél Kovács has been a household name on the Swedish dance scene for more than a decade, as a DJ, producer and part of the record label Studio Barnhus in Stockholm. His debut album — named after Jeff Mills’s techno gem “The Bells” — was recorded in Gothenburg during a two week stint with friend[…]
The Icelandic composer Jóhannsson is now preparing the score for Blade Runner 2049 and has two Academic nominations to his name (The Theory of Everything and Sicario). This post-classical composer has been breaking new musical and aural ground with his scores and this one is no exception: moody, scary, claustrophobic, “alien” and a brilliant synthesis[…]
Mikko Joensuu first got noticed as frontman in noise/shoegaze group Joensuu 1685. Amen 2 is the second part of his solo trilogy which is all about how he broke free from extreme christian community. Amen 1 had its roots in country music, this second part is powered by deep and spiritual electric groove.
Stories of heartbreak by one-woman group from Finland led by ms. Ringa Manner who used to be vocalist in a punk group called Pintandwefall, now turned into electronic music songwriter and producer. Adrian is her second album.
The art of Cæcilie Trier – CTM – is that of a person looking for difficult beauty in ecotones, in the crossover territories between chamber music composition, hip hop, flamenco, R&B, classical music. She’s a great singer who doesn’t want to play by the rules, but searches her voice for expressions beyond conventional emotionalism. But[…]
The Stockholm-based record label and hip hop collective RMH (Respect My Hustle) has become the heart of the hip hop and R&B scene in Sweden, with acts such as Silvana Imam and Erik Lundin redefining the language and breaking barriers for upcoming generations. Sherihan “Cherrie” Hersi’s debut album Sherihan was the R&B record of the[…]
Bisse aka Thorbjørn Radisch Bredkjær has made 5 albums in 18 months, this being the last one. There’s kind of a plot to it: The protagonist, Bisse, is leaving this mortal coil behind in order to rise to a life above and beyond FOMO and Facebook, narcissism and materialism. He is in other words journeying[…]
She gets better and more fascinatingly Pop with each album, here with striking lyrics and fittingly strong compositions about vampires and menstruation. The album is produced by Jenny Hval with noise music legend Lasse Marhaug, making it an album filled with very visual sounds. Inspiration from Italian horror movies from the 70’s pops up everywhere,[…]