JON MAGNUSSON – Psalm för syndare

The unknown


Jon Magnusson is not Justin Bieber. He is even the opposite. I mean he is just a cool dude with no label, no music deal, nothing linked to any kind of business. But he sent me an email. A nice email with a link to his homepage that actually did not work. “I’m a musician and producer who records my own stuff in my home studio. I just released a new song in Swedish called “Psalm för syndare”. It’s a folk/pop song with a punky feeling”, he said. And he was right.

So we are talking about a nobody who just enjoys making music from time to time, about a guy who just released several little tunes, including his latest one, a pop song with Swedish lyrics called “Psalm för syndare” and a video to go with it. It is written “professional social worker and hobby musician” on his website. And the music? Well, let’s quote Jon again: “The music I write and play is sometimes plain folk or sometimes more punk. Still my ambitions aren’t that big. I just think it’s a hell lot of fun to write, play and record my songs and hopefully someone will like them as well”. Oh, dear do it yourself Internet era…

Sure, I do not think this song will change my life forever, but I enjoy it enough to mention it in this blog. Cause Absolut Noise is not something that serious. It is ad free. It can give a little room to unknown people with cool songs. And if you are not into this home-made spirit, there is still Aftonbladet to read.

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NÄV – Djävla Kladd / Lyft På Luggen / Diggilodiggamej (PREMIERE!)

Bring back the riot, man


It all happened by chance. I went to the Bring me the fucking riot… man Facebook page because I was wondering if the band – one of my favourite – had definitely split up. I mean forever. Surprise, I discovered there songs from another band I never heard about. It was NÄV, a brand new trio with two ex-riot guys (Jens Sjögren and Jon Graffe) and Christoffer Roth who has already been involved in many different music projects (as I pointed out here). So, yeah, this is a “premiere”: premiere for the video within this post and premiere with those three tunes that Google has barely heard about.

And the music? Well, it actually makes sense that the rioters and Christoffer join their forces. All of them have always put simplicity in the centre of their music. So do not expect too smart stuff then. Just straight to the point songs with energy and melody. And Swedish lyrics. Exactely the kind of music praised in this blog.

This deserved a little Q&A with the guys. Here you go:

I lost track of Jens and Jon when your previous band “Bring me the fucking riot… man” split. And I did love Christoffer first album but it was a while ago. What happened in between? And how has NÄV actually been born?
We started with an idea to make music really simple, and in the moment without thinking too much. We never start a discussion about an idea, but instead do what we can with it. In that way we make songs really fast with less brain than heart. I don’t know if we actually formed a band, we just wanted to find a way to spend more time together. But I guess we’re a band now! We’re all good friends and we just thought we’d see what we could make toghether. Our previous or ongoing bands are still what they are, or were.

What does “NÄV” mean?
NÄV is the way the word nerv (meaning nerve) is pronounced in the south of Sweden.

How would you describe your “sound”?
It is what it is. Sounds great!

If you ask me, I would say keyboard plays a big part in NÄV music. And to be honest, I am quite amazed by the numbers of Swedish bands that use a keyboard. Is it the 1980s influence? Am I making any sense?
In our case we just grabbed one instrument each when we came to the studio, and Christoffer went for the synthesizer. It limits you in a good way to play in a band with no guitars.

My Swedish is quite poor, I mean… “jag pratar inte Svenska”. Could you please let me know what lyrics deal with in your songs?
We write the lyrics in the same way we make the music, from the top of our heads, and we all seem to be interested in people’s relation to each other and to the society and all the systems we’re in together.

Since you mention “people’s relation to each other and to the society”, how do you explain the rise of the extreme-right wing in Sweden?
In Sweden there is at the moment basically one political party that carries the voice of the extreme right. SD is a party that has grown since the mid 90′s and that has its roots in outspoken fascism and racist movements. They have worked hard since then to make their tone more ”household” on the outside but without changing on the inside. They are still racists, nazists and fascists that uses people’s worries and fears to gain ground at the political arena. They are a disgusting, populist party with a badly hidden agenda.

Finally, what’s next with the band? An EP? An album planned?
We don’t have a master plan, but we have enough songs for an album now, so we will definitely release something soon.

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CONNY NIMMERSJÖ – Aldrig tyst igen

(Verse) chorus (verse)

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So there is this guy, member of Bob Hund and Dödsfest. His name is Conny Nimmersjö. He is the only Conny I know. And the only Nimmersjö I heard about cause this name is not very French even if it might sound Swedish. I don’t know. What I do know though is that his second album “Tänk, nyss var här så trevligt” is hell of a fun. Punk with a pop side. Or pop with a punk attitude. Melodic punk I would say. I will come back to it when it will be out in March 2015.

“Aldrig tyst igen” is the first single of this second album. It just came out. It does sound like a Bob Hund tune, i.e. kind of crazy. And punk as I pointed out. I have no idea what Conny is shouting about but it gives me energy. And no need to fight: it is damn impossible to resist to this chorus!

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WHITE BIRCHES – Hunting (premiere)

Lynchy

When I started this blog in 2006 (yes, 8 years ago!) I wanted to write first about the artists I liked. Nowadays, I still want to give artists I like the widest audience as possible, and still want to mention them asap. But being the first one is not an obsession. Just a wish. Anyway, this post is what you call a “premiere” i.e. this is the first blog to mention this song.

The tune we are talking about is called “Hunting”. The band which cooked it is White Birches. I had actually never heard about them before, but they released their debut EP “Stands of White Birches” during spring 2014. “Hunting” is therefore their return single. It will be out on next Monday the 19th. Later, in spring 2015, will come their debut album.

Their label Birds will sing for you sums up the band as a duo with “indie-vaudeville singer Jenny Gabrielsson Mare and electronica artist Fredrik Jonasson”. They also mention David Lynch as an influence.

Spot on! “Hunting” could easily fit in a Lynch soundtrack. Cause there is some mystery lying beneath Jenny’s voice. And some obsessive feeling underneath those electro beats. Damn cloudy darkness. The storm seems about to break. Am definitely curious to listen to the whole album to come…

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WE ARE THE STORM – Disappear Appear

Singly


I already wrote it in this blog: We are the storm is a single band. Make no mistake, I do not speak at all about looking for a girlfriend/boyfriend. It is just that every single of this band is a smashing hit. A true pop-rock gem.

“Disappear Appear” makes no exception. Released end of 2014 when I was focusing on my best of 2014 thing, it is a little more eighties oriented than their previous releases. But still fiendishly melodic, fiendishly catchy, fiendishly addictive. And classy.

In March, “Night” their new EP (from which “Disappear Appear” is the first single) will be out. It stands resolutely in my most awaited EP/album/record in 2015.

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