STILLA HAVET – Början på ett slut

About a wheel

What’s up with Novoton? It has always been one of the label I mentioned the most through all those past years. But it’s been a while since I had mentioned an artist of theirs. Let’s get back with their latest baby then.

Stilla Havet is a brand new artist. Well, “new”, at least it is Elias Eriksson from Boris & The Jeltsins new solo project. Its debut single is called Början på ett slut (“The beginning of the end” in English). It will be released on Friday. It sounds exactly like the kind of tune I love. A touch of pop, a touch of punk. No trick. When I listen to it, I picture a rat running on a wheel, faster and faster and faster, and eventually it falls. And the music stops. And you’re exhausted.

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LONEY DEAR – Hulls (Mats Udd video)

Weirdeo

One of the weirdest video released recently. A Mats Udd one. One of the truly best Swedish director, as I already said. And, well, Loney Dear. You know him, right? Loney Dear is Loney Dear. Take it or leave it.

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TENNIS BAFRA – Shit for brains (brand new single from upcoming album Bummer)

Grungy boomer

Tennis Bafra, d’you remember?

Love this band. Cause I was raised with Pixies/Nirvana, ya know. Cause those cool dudes from Uppsala remind me my teenage years. Cause they got the attitude. And the perfectly produced dirty sound.

Their brand new single, released today, is called Shit for brains. It is their best song so far, if you ask me. Watch out though: do not expect clever experimental neat stuff. It’s not. This is straight forward straight to the point straight grunge music straight whatever you can call straight. Take it or leave it attitude, I mean. But without the “I take myself so seriously, I’m a rock star” cliché.

Shit for brains will be featured in their second upcoming album out April 22 (order it). His name : “Bummer”. Not to take literally.

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ABSOLUT NOISE 10 YEARS ANNIVERSARY (2006 – 2016)

My fav Swedish songs from the past ten years

This is stupid. But this whole blog is a joke, right? Did I actually think I would last ten years when I started to write in French about Swedish music back in February the 2nd of 2006? What had I actually in mind? Don’t know.

Absolut Noise has anyway managed to publish a crazy numbers of posts about the Swedish music scene. To celebrate, I thought I could do a kind of list about my own personal favourite tunes I have been listening to between 2006 and 2016. Not the best ones. Just my fav ones. And I decided to pick only one song for each band/artist. A top 50 list, then? Nope, too short. I go for a top 70.

Sure, I guess if I write the same list tomorrow it will not look the same . And I guess I am forgetting some great artists. And some great songs. And several bands in this list have split anyway. So, yeah, this is definitely a stupid list but it is fun. And I am honest while I am writing it. And this is probably why this blog has been kept on running for ten years: I write what I truly feel, the way I feel it in the moment I feel it. Thanks for reading.  

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1. PASCAL – Inte redo
Pascal sings in Swedish. I have no clue what they are singing about. But I can feel their music from my lungs (if I wrote “heart”, it would be cliché, you know). In this respect, Inte redo is incredibly powerful. It starts with a whisper and ends like a firework. Fun fact: I don’t think this tune was even a single when it was released.

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2. HELLO SAFERIDE – Dad told me
This song makes me cry.

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3. C.AARMÉ – Golden retriever
Pure punk energy. Probably the song I have been listening to the most to (try to) launch my day in the morning. Sure it is basic, simple, whatever you can call it. But hell it’s fun.

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4. WILDBIRDS AND PEACEDRUMS – There is no light
Wildbirds and Peacedrums are some old shamen. And There is no light is a true trance.

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5. LYKKE LI – I’m Good, I’m Gone
I am not sure to actually like Lykke Li, cause I think she overacts a little bit. But she is great on stage. And I love her songs (which is the most important, right?). I’m good, I’m gone is the best tune she ever did, if you ask me.

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6. SATAN TAKES A HOLIDAY – Come Over (I Make You Look Good)
I listen to this Come over and I feel like a rock star.

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7. SAMURAJ CITIES – Spoonful Of Talk
If you ask me about my top 5 Swedish bands ever, I will always mention Samuraj Cities.

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8. THE BEAR QUARTET – The Supremes
The Bear Quartet is and always will be the most audacious Swedish band. If you do not believe me, listen to The Supremes.

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9. BRING ME THE FUCKING RIOT… MAN – To spoild to be an artist
Exhilarating fun.

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10. MF/MB/ – The big machine
Damn, I love the ending of this tune.

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11. DEAR EUPHORIA – Pop pills
Dear Euphoria is more about soft and poetic sounds. This Pop Pills does not sound at all like what she uses to cook. The dark side of a drunk poetry.

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12. PAPER – Don’t go out with him
A perfect “take it or leave it” straightforward punk tune. Take it.

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13. PROMISE AND THE MONSTER – Sheets
A lost landscape.

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14. SOVIAC – Uutiset
To me, Soviac is definitely one of the top Swedish bands.

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15. THE HIVES – Bigger Hole To Fill
You know them, right? Even better live, obviously.

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16. HOLANA – Dance man, you’re a modern man (demo version)
Ah, my buddies Holana! Nobody has never heard about them. Everybody should have. And I don’t really care if my fav song of them is a demo version. All in all, my own personal obscure dreamy pop band.

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17. DÖDSFEST – Vi bestämmer över dig
Straight to the point. With melody. And style.

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18. KATHARINA NUTTALL – Play
Bewitched song. It steels me and brings me where she wants to.

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19. MATTIAS ALKBERG – Asterism & Obelisk
Hard to pick only one Matti song. Let’s go for the emotional part of the genius mister Alkberg is. Next time I will pick his angry tunes.

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20. NINA KINERT – I shot my man
It’s like I actually believe in everything Nina Kinert is saying in this song. I guess that’s why she is such a brilliant singer.

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21. THIS IS HEAD – Staring Lenses
Enthralling band. Mesmerizing tune.

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22. MARKUS KRUNEGARD – Jag är en vampyr
The sound of the night.

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23. PETER BJORN AND JOHN – Young Folks
I hate this song. Everybody does. Cause as long as you have listened to it once, you cannot help singing it all day long.

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24. WE ARE THE STORM – I woke up to the bells
Bombastic pop music.

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25. SONJAGON – We are coming over tonight
Dark and frightening. And great intro!

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26. RIDDARNA – Simma hem
My Riddarna darlings made so many great songs, I hardly could pick one. Let’s go for the “papas & mamas” one. Sounds truly rock AND melodic.

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27. BONDAGE FAIRIES – Faze
I am a retrogamer (cf the sound). And I used to go to Debaser in Sthlm (cf the lyrics).

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28. PATRIK BACKLUND – Seesaw
Patrick Backlund’s Seesaw is the perfect pop song. Scientifically proved.

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29. NOVA BLAST – Mina polare
The youth.

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30. EXISTENSMINIMUM – 1993
Unsane structure. Unsane singer. Unsane song.

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31. ELI NA – Stones
Dear Euphoria changed her name for ELI NA. So I guess I can put her actually twice (see “Pop pills” above). There is something in those Stones that give me emotions I did not know I had.

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32. BAD HANDS – Andra relationen
When I listen to this tune I picture Tex Avery.

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33. BEDROOM EYES – (Here’s One for You) Underdog
Classy pop in a white suit. Yes, it actually exists.

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34. MANDO DIAO – Dance with somebody
Radio friendly music pleases me sometimes.

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35. PADDINGTON DC – Bel
Music for a film.

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36. RASMUS KELLERMAN – The Greatness & Me
Great great lyrics. Great great voice.

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37. ANNA TERNHEIM – What Have I Done (acoustic version)
You don’t need much things to make a powerful song, right?

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38. THE KNIFE – Marble house
The Knife is more than music. So is Marble house.

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39. LACROSSE – Don’t be scared
What a chorus! And what an ending!

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40. LOVE IS A BURNING THING – Dancer on a chair
I was born in the 1980s, how can I not like this song?

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41. DU PACQUE – Walk straight
Ah Du Pacque! Such a killer band. They have got it all! I don’t know exactely what they have tuned into now. I wish they had released more songs, more albums, more shows.

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42. STESO SONGS – The Worse
Obvious hit single.

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43. ZEIGEIST – Tar Heart
This is not a Knife song. This is a great song.

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44. THE OPEN UP AND BLEEDS – Same old song
I like Joel (singer of The Open up and bleeds). I like him cause you can feel he is honest in the music is cooking. And I played this song so much in my ipod.

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45. HAJEN – Sharks
I heard Amanda Bergman was about to release her first solo album. I heard she changed names more than any other bands I know. And I heard “Sharks”. It was a long time ago. Amanda was called “Hajen”. I did not recover from the beauty of her voice.

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46. MISS LI – Let her go
Crazy girl.

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47. YOU SAY FRANCE & I WHISTLE – Second thoughts
Pop anthem.

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48. TORPEDO – From Russia With Love (demo version)
Torpedo’s guitars, yeah! And I pick the demo version of From Russia with love cause to me they are even better when they are not overproduced.

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49. LA PUMA – Chill chill
It makes me want to shout. TO SHOUT!, I said.

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50. MONTYS LOCO – Criminal
Tension. Such a tension.

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51. DON’T BE A STRANGER – Yellow moon
I loved this band! I loved their video of their song Mon chichi. But I pick Yellow moon for its appealing darkness.

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52. TERRIBLE FEELINGS – The Moon
First Terrible Feelings songs (from their debut EPs) were their best! Great singer.

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53. CHRISTOFFER ROTH – New kind of love
It rolls. And rocks as well.

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54. AMANDA MAIR – House
Amanda Mair is my pop idol.

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55. QUAGMIRE – Pre-emptive Retaliation
Obscure band. Obscure song. I am physically attracted to this noise.

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56. PALPITATION – Can I blame you
Beautiful crackling fire.

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57. PAINTBOX – Wild chance
Charming fragility.

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58. SKATAN – Top of the mountain
Love this (young) voice.

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59. MASQUER – Happiness
Eighteaser.

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60. SAD DAY FOR PUPPETS – Mother’s tears
Foggy dream.

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61. IAMUSE – When she ran from me (yeah)
I only have this single tune from this Andreas Söderlund (“Niccokick”) side project. Simplicity is the key, you see.

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62. DIVISION OF LAURA LEE – Violence Is Timeless
A list with no Division of Laura Lee tune? Are you serious?

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63. NIELS NIELSEN – We are youth
Niels is a music craftsman.

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64. KARIN STRÖM – Reptilian brain
This song has actually only been released through my blog. I cannot believe this. Karin Ström has truly always interested me cause she made audacious choices with her music. She is good when she does electro in Swedish. She is great as well in pop sung in English.

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65. DAG FÖR DAG – Ring Me, Elise
Rock n’ roll.

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66. ASHA ALI – Fire fire
Love the voice. Love the chorus.

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67. VIVA REVOLUCION – Hearts for sale
But who are those guys?? I found them on MySpace!

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68. TIKKLE ME – Remind the world
Weird. But in a good way.

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69. SOUTHSIDE STALKERS – Not able
That’s what you call a duo.

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70. STIU NU STIU – No you are not special
Radical noise.

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PAPER – Friah (live)

2016

Welcome to 2016. How to reboot this blog for this new year?
With the best song of the best album of the best band of 2015!
PAPER’s Friah. Here you go.

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