NINA K (ex Nina Kinert) – Feels better (new single from upcoming album “On Ice”)

Pop diva

Last time I mentioned Nina Kinert, she just turned into Nina K and just released a new song called Impossible. She answered few questions of mine telling me an album was on its way. Good news it is now officially planned for November. On Ice she called it.

She gave me a glimpse of this album defining herself as a “diva”, which is funny. And true. Cause ladies & gentlemen, I think we have here a pop diva who fully accepts to sing pure eighties influenced pop music with confidence. As she pointed out in my latest post: “For the upcoming work I’ve gone back to my root-references a lot. The 80’s and 90’s artists I listened to and sang along to in my room. My childhood heroines Mariah, Enya, Whitney, Sade, Sinead. The divas are my comforting power animals”.

Well, Feels better is probably less a “hit single” than her previous Impossible, but it confirms the new music direction Nina is taking. In this respect, it can probably be seen as the end of the transformation of Nina from Kinert to K. The folk caterpillar she was is now a pop butterfly. I might miss some of the fragility of her voice and the more discrete production of her debut, but I confess am quite curious to listen to the whole album to see if On Ice is too nice.

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KÖNSFÖRRÄDARE – End of history (album review)


I felt totally in love with Könsförrädare debut album “Curse all law”. It even ended #3 in my 2013 top ten list. Five months ago, Blast beats, first single from their upcoming album End of history (out on the 25th of September on Teg Publishing) caught my attention again since it was a very strong pop-rock outburst. But how about the whole album?

For those of you who studied a little bit political science, “end of history” is a concept and a famous book published in 1992 by the American political scientist Francis Fukuyama. This has probably nothing to do with Könsförrädare. Or maybe it does have a link since politics is a topic that seems important for the band members. Also, to me, their new album could have actually been released in 1992. Not sure those young Swedes were born in 1992, but, yeah, if you ask me, they are somehow “neo-grunge” with their dirty (and perfect) production and their rock attitude that prefers guitars to electro beats. So let’s put it that way: Könsförrädare smells like teen spirit. An angry teen spirit that pictures music as a way to express their anger.

To sum it up, I cannot see any other band within Sweden that express the youth the way they do. And I cannot see any other band within Sweden that defines the “rock attitude” better than them. Those kids manage to sound strong and fragile and the same time, which is actually a very rare asset. Sure, not all the tunes of the album match the immediate greatness of songs such as Birth Rights, Blast Beats, Blood Rush or Some Ending. But, all in all, we have here one of the Swedish records that matters in 2016.

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ELI NA – Jasmine (video)

Summer break is over, here we go again

Well, my usual summer break is done. Finally. I needed an artist I do love to launch September. Well, ELI NA has and always will have a special place in this blog. From her very beginnings under her previous nickname Dear Euphoria to today, she has always amazed me. And I already said how her song Jasmine was mesmerizing. The video has just been out. I actually pictured the tune darker, but still, how beautiful is that?

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PAPER – Come on (first single from upcoming album + video)

My favourite Swedish band is back!

This artist is AbsRecommended

Well, well, well. Just when I thought I could take a summer break and breath a little bit, here comes a video from my current favourite Swedish band PAPER.

I actually could already listen to few tunes from their upcoming album We design the future (out on the 14th of October) and let me tell you I expect a great great great album. Hope I won’t be disappointed. It’s gonna be hard anyway to match the level of their previous one Mischmasch, that I picked as my fav album of the year 2011. I can feel though, at least from what I heard, that it is gonna be more diverse than their previous releases.

Come on, for instance, first single from this third PAPER album sounds calmer than their usual songs. Less punk. More mind blowing. Still addictive. It is actually gonna be a 7″ on Höga Nord Rekords. Its video is fun. Unexpected, to say the least. Damn, I am so looking forward to October…

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LOVISA LINDSTRÖM – “Intervene” and “The Writings on the wall”

Lovable fragility

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I think it is time to go to the beach. Take some little holidays and put the blog on its summer break until September comes back. But before that, here comes the last post of this season.

It is dedicated to the gorgeous Lovisa Lindström, a young artist (her Soundcloud), friend with the nice buddies from WILDERNESS.

I have already mentioned her twice, (here and there). Today, you can listen to and download through this post two new songs from her: Intervene and The Writings on the wall.

Last time I wrote about Lovisa’s music, I made a comparison with Anna Ternheim pop music. Well, this is still relevant with those two new tunes, maybe cause they sound to me (i.e. a French guy) as some melodic ballads sung in English with a tiny beautiful Swedish accent. This is very charming music. Maybe simple. But with a lovable fragility. I mean it smells like honesty, which is to me one of the most important value when it comes to make music. And fuck it if my words sound soppy!

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