Ok then, time for the yearly Absolut Noise summer break. This past year was crazy. Busy. Sad. Let’s enjoy a little bit of sunny days, would you?
Before that, just a last hint about a record released, beginning of June, through the young label Scandinavian Crush. It’s a compilation. I never mention compilation in this blog. And it is a Paddington DC record. I always mention PDC records in this blog.
Its name? “A collection”. This is not a sexy name at all, but it prevents from saying “best of”. And that’s quite cool, because this is definitely not a best of. This is more an attempt to give listeners a hint about what PDC is, i.e. an unsane/diverse Calle Olsson very personal project. Hard to sum it up. I tried here or there.
I might have kept the best for last. Soviac, then. Remember? I have always been fond of them (since 2007, to be sharp). Even picked their “Back album” as my favourite one of the year 2012. It took them four years to give birth to “Göld” and the result deserves the wait (Listen to it on Spotify // Get it through iTunes).
Let’s be straight: this 2016 album sounds quite different from their previous record. While the “Back album” was a great piece of pop, “Göld” is heavy, nasty, grungy. A bit like some of their old tunes (I’m thinking about “Halte Jick” for those of you who are Soviac fans like I am). I mean, if you like noisy stuff, you’d better check this out. Melodies remain there though and are never buried under the stormy guitars. It holds a bucket of hits, such as “Shesodc”, “Golddigger”, “Strill” or my fav “Ducklin”. It stands as the most-glorious-Swedish-album-with-heavy-guitars-of-this-current-year. Or something. All in all, a must have.
What has changed between her debut and this come back album? Nothing much. Maybe it is a little bit less minimalist, but the sound remains mysterious, very David Lynchy (in this respect, the “fire” to feed refers probably to the famous Twin Peaks “Fire, walk with me”). And since I am into a name dropping phase, I realize I was quite correct when I first label her as the “new Stina Nordenstam” in my first post dedicated to her.
“Feed the fire” is therefore a cinematic piece of music. A proper album that puts you into a unique atmosphere. A beautiful gem frightening and delicate at the same time.
When I first listened to Amanda Bergman, we were back in August 2008, she was named Hajen and had only 700 views on… MySpace (remember MySpace, right?). I wrote in this blog that we had “a new Swedish talent here, an unusual artist. Impassioned and fascinating”.
Later, she changed her nickname for “Jaw Lesson” and then for “Idiot Wind”, before to stick to “Amanda Bergman” which is, as you can guess, her proper name. And, as if it was not enough, she plays in the band Amason. Also, she has now a Wikipedia page translated in English, Swedish and even in French (yes, French, even if she is totally unknown in this country).
Fun fact: the lady was also quoted by mister Jari Haapalainen (great producer and one of the Bear Quartet genius) as THE thing to remember in my best of 2008 thing and six years later (!!!) by Nina Kinert in my best of 2014 thing.
All in all, I guess we can say this is a quite chaotic evolution. Or at least unusual.
And the music? Well, no chaos. More a poetic piece of lovely tenderness. Her debut album, “Docks” came out beginning of 2016. The Tallest man on earth is one of the guy who produced it. You can get the record here. It reminds me what Nina Kinert or Karin Strôm used to play at their beginnings.
The record holds several killer ballads such as “Falcons”, “Golden” or “Sirens”. All of them put Amanda’s voice forward. And Amanda’s voice is beyond compare. A deep bewitched whisper. Very cinematic in its ability to picture arid landscapes in my mind. To my French little ears, this mix of melancholia, sorrow and sweet melodic pop music sounds very Swedish. Except, in the huge ocean of Swedish pop music, Amanda Bergman stands as the mermaid of the place.
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