ELI NA – Jasmine (first single from upcoming Nature is my mother now EP)

Zen darkness

This artist is AbsRecommended

The witch is back. Elina Johansson, remember? How about her poetic nickname, Dear Euphoria? First time I mentioned her in this blog, we were in 2006. Yes, nearly 9 years ago. And Heal my violence was my favourite record of 2009. Weird, since her genre was exactly the kind of music I hate. Logical, since I found her songs breathtaking. Mesmerizing, I would even say.

Time for a rebirth. Time for the new Elina. Forget “Dear Euphoria”, please welcome her new very personal project ELI NA. Musically, it starts where Dear Euphoria’s songs Pop Pills or That you would gave us a hint: the music brings some “robotic” unexpected noises in the background, while aerial Elina’s voice lift us up. This is more radical, more raw, more discrete than her previous work. Less comfortable. Some might regret the melodies of her past music. Some might find some difficulties to catch her new minimalist touch right away. I don’t. To me, she wins in depth what she lost in violins. Now she cannot hide anywhere. And it’s Dear disarming naked beauty.

Nature is my mother now EP will be out on April 30th. First single Jasmine next Monday. It is actually the best song of this 4 tune album and gives a perfect view of its music landscape. Landscape? Yes, this cinematic music is meant to be listened to with your imaginative brain as much as with your ears. In this particular universe, it looks like we are standing just after Third World War. After a big giant global collapse where everything has vanished. ELI NA, the last guru on Earth? A feminine version of religious David Ahlen? At least, her songs are some post-apocalyptic prayers.

Eventually, it seems this post is a premiere. Did not see any other blogs mentioned it yet. I hope there will be hundreds of new posts about this EP though. Cause if there is one new artist to love those last months, it is ELI NA. Of course, you will never be able to love Elina’s music more than I do. Still, you should try. I am not jealous.

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SAÏGON – New World Outro (album review)

From Atypia

They use big names in the press thing, such as “Jesus & the Mary Chain” or “The Vaselines”, to give us a picture of Saïgon sound. Not false. But I would be more posh: to me, the second album of this quintet, “New World Outro”, (the first was self released) is a kind of pop version of Bear Quartet’s Eternity Now. And if you don’t get it, just think The Knife meets Crystal Castles, or something.

It is streamed (and premiered on Internet) within this post. Will be out tomorrow and Spotified here.

Do not expect mainstream stuff. Just enjoy aggressive beats mixed with Siri Jennefelt and Oskar Carls’ soft & sweet voices. Arty? Kind of, if you watch their “Golden” video. But not only. Cause if this music is definitely atypical, it is not cerebral per se. More gutsy, you see. Powerful and dirty. With character, I mean. No immediate singles around, but a true coherent, interesting and deep album. The kind of one that needs to be listened to several times before you totally “get” it. The kind of one I will remember at the end of the year: with that much music all around the web, it does not happen much when a sound hits you like this one does.

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FRISKA VILJOR – In my sofa I’m safe

110-meter hurdles

Friska Viljor? Really? I have not seen it coming since it’s been a while: last time I wrote about those guys, we were in 2011! Well, they’re back with a new song In my sofa I’m safe, first single from an upcoming album released next May.

I have actually always fancied this band. Folk pop at its best, if you ask me. The new song is less folk and more pop though. A little bit as if the band took some lithium and turned exhilarated. How about the tune? A musical 110-meter hurdles to me: once it has started, it goes faster and faster and faster and stops only at the end. Fun.

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ANE BRUN – Directions

MTWhat?

When I was a kid, there was MTV around. A TV channel full of music videos. You know the story: Michael Jackson’s Thriller and everything. Some specific aesthetics that Alan Parker claimed in many different interviews to have created with The Wall.

Well, that was the youth of music videos. Those times are over. Now the shit is on YouTube. There is less money. You have to be creative. That is the way the new Ane Brun video was produced, I guess.

So, how to film a song called “Directions”? Static shot. And dance.

PS: “Directions” is the first single from Ane Bruns’s upcoming new album available through iTunes or Spotify.

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RIDDARNA – Ni tar mig aldrig levande

Night of the tentacle

Yeah, it’s been a while. Sorry guys. I was stuck. Stuck IRL. “In Real Life”, you know. With people and stuff. But here we go again. Back to the little AbsNoise boutique with one of my true favourite, the lovely stoner cool buddies from hell, i.e. Riddarna. They just released a new song. Why? Believe it or not, it is because those Swedes and their music are featured in the video game “Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number”. What? True story. Amazing. A fun reward for the singer of the band Edward Forlsund who is a big retrogaming lover (he fancies brilliant old Lucas Arts adventure games like “Day of the Tentacle” and stuff).

How about the music? Well, the song is called “Ni tar mig aldrig levande”. It is punchy. Straight to the point. A burst of rage. Less melodic than usual for a Riddarna tune. Noisier. Punker. The punkiest the better, if you ask me.

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