WHAT TO REMEMBER FROM BEGINNING 2016 (PART 3/5) : AMANDA BERGMAN – Docks

Mermaid

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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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WHICH ALBUMS TO REMEMBER FROM BEGINNING 2016 (PART 2/5) : NIGHTMEN – Fifteen minutes of pain

Raw power

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If you wanna be featured in this blog, you have to name one of your song “Amanda Lear“. Nightmen did it. It is the tune #10 from their debut album “Fifteen minutes of pain” released in April (get it there). Ok, a title is not everything. And truth is: there is no album ever which holds its best song as track #10.

With this album, as usual, the strongest tunes are in the first part of the record (“Hot days”, “Go go”, “Baby on the run”). The whole thing sounds quite the same that what Terrible Feelings sounded like when they released their first demos. I mean the production suits perfectly for this kind of dirty-punk-rock-music-with-a-strong-pop-side, i.e. we got here a raw production here. With a “grunge” sound. Looove it.

It actually makes sense: the band shares Anton Colliander on guitar with Terrible Feelings (he has also played with Hurula live). Other members are from Yast and (brilliant brilliant band) MF/MB. So, yeah, Nightmen do not play it too smart. They just rock. Nevermind the bollocks and everything.

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WHICH ALBUMS TO REMEMBER FROM BEGINNING 2016 (PART 1/5) : NEJ – Nej

Pascalish

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May is just beginning. Since it is the fifth month of 2016, I thought I could try to make a kind of “the 5 albums that I do remember from this year” thing. As usual, I will probably forget some. But I can guarantee that those five ones are truly brilliant records. First part : NEJ and its debut album Nej.

The first record that came to my mind, when I wondered which albums counted to me this year, has not actually been properly released yet. It is NEJ debut (and self titled) album. I have been listening to it for a while, but it will only be born on the 11th of May. If you ask me, this is the most powerful Swedish album cooked in 2016 (I say “powerful” but I could say “best” as well).

First single (and opening track) “Aldrig meg” came out few days ago. It is a quite logical choice: this single is one of the best tunes of the record and a good view of its whole sound. But the album is filled with potential singles: the apocalyptic “Kan inte hindra det”, “Över havet” and its crescendo of noise or the angry “Res er upp”.

The band is described in the press file as “a trio from Stockholm, using two electric basses, a drum kit, the Finnish language and as many watts as possible to try to recreate what happens in the Earth’s core”. True. To me, it is also the Pascal‘s hidden son, one of my favourite Swedish band that will actually come back soon with some new releases, after few years of silence (I actually love Pascal so much that I put one of their tune as my fav one from my past ten years songs best of).

So, well, Pascal’s hidden son? Yep. First, Mimmi Skog is a member of both bands (Mirella Hautala and Björn Eriksson are the two other Nej members). Second, Nej shows the same ability to build a strong tension and big noise with no lack of melody. Do not expect happy tunes. It is dark as hell. Somehow a little martial too. At least, it brings picture in my heads. Weird ones. Like an original soundtrack. The original soundtrack of a firework of rage in slow motion.

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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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