MY FAVOURITE ALBUM OF 2014: DÖDSFEST – Det sista äventyret

 

Let’s look back a little, would you?
In 2006: Samuraj Cities – Cheap Deluxe was my favourite Swedish record.
In 2007: Promise & the Monster – Transparent knives.
In 2008: Paddington DC – Love is Leukemia.
In 2009: Dear Euphoria -  Heal my violence.
In 2010: Masshysteri – Masshysteri.
In 2011: Paper – Mischmasch.
In 2012: Soviac – Back album.
In 2013: MF/MB – Colossus.

This year, I already told you about numbers 2, 3 and 4, numbers 5, 6 and 7 and numbers 8, 9 and 10. Here comes my favourite album of 2014….

1. DÖDSFEST – Det sista äventyret

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What I wrote about Dödsfest in Absolut Noise here

I guess it makes sense: my favourite album of the year 2014 was released by what I used to call “my new favourite 2013 band“. His name: Dödsfest. The album: Det sista äventyret (my review here). The band: a reunion of nice people from nice bands, Manuela (from Pascal), Conny Nimmersjö (from Bob Hund), Karl Malm (from Mattias Alkberg BD) and Christian Ramirez (from Park Hotell).

Honestly, when it came to decide which album was my fav of this past year, this record is the first one that came to my mind. I have not hesitated much. Dödsfesten, Utan din kyss, Vi bestämmer över dig, Går aldrig hem, Söte Jesus or Det sista äventyret are some of the songs that I have been listening the most in my ipod this year. Six absolutely stunning tunes. With the kind of raw production I do fancy. It reminds me a Swedish band I did love: Bring me the fucking riot… man.

Direct, melodic and catchy, the whole album can be played all over and over again with no sign of boredom. Do not expect experimentation or “smart” stuff though. Just enjoy verse chorus verse at its very best. I guess you will find it in stores at the “pop/rock” department, but, to me, it has definitely something “punkish” inside. Because, I can feel a raw honesty in this music, some little anger underneath and a refreshing straight-to-the-point attitude. You know, kind of “take it or leave it”. Nope, those guys do not pretend to be rock stars. Nej nej, they do not reach the red carpets. They wear t-shirts. Just t-shirts. No “have you seen my The Hives suits?”, if you know what I mean.

Finally, when it comes to state which album is my fav of the year, I always think “will it last?”, “will I play it with the same joy in five years?”, and “how about in ten year?”. Thus, usually, I am the kind of guy who enjoys music that needs time to be properly appreciated. But nothing like that here. It is more simple: I loved Dödsfest thirty seconds after I started to listen to their first single Vi Bestämmer Över Dig. Will I play it with a smile in the future? I guess so. But since this is just a debut, my real interrogation is: what’s next?

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ABSOLUT NOISE BEST OF 2014 – MY FAVOURITE ALBUMS (2-3-4)

 

Winter + end of the year = time to look back! What did I actually enjoy in Swedish music this year? Did my loves at first listen last long in my heart? Or to be more mundane: which are my favourite albums of this past year? Cause, yeah, believe it or not, I still believe in albums. More than in Spotify. Yesterday was dedicated to numbers 5, 6 and 7. The day before to numbers 8, 9 and 10. Today: #2, #3 and #4.    

 

2. HELLO SAFERIDE – The Fox, the hunter and Hello Saferide

What I wrote about Hello Saferide in Absolut Noise here

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Excuse me, but is there a word in Swedish for “storyteller”. Actually, there is none in French. Thus, how can I explain to my compatriots that Annika Norlin is the best storyteller in Sweden? Should I give them an old record of Hello Saferide? Or a Säkert one? Let’s sum it up: at first, Annika sung in English and she was Hello Saferide and we were in 2005 and the Internet praised her and she became a little bit “famous” and she made songs in Swedish under the nickname “Säkert” and then she disappeared. Blank. I lost traces of her. I actually did not even see she was back this year with “The Fox, the hunter and Hello Saferide” a new album that holds one of my top 3 fav songs of the year (“Dad told me”) and the best video shot in 2014 (“I was Jesus” directed by the always interesting Mads Udd). All in all, this record is an incredible and unexpected return. Seriously. Every song is a story. Trust me: there are hundreds of ladies singing with a soft little voice all over the globe. Hello Saferide is just the best in 2014 (for next year, I am looking forward to listening to the new Nina Kinert album which is on its way…)

 

3. RIDDARNA – Under Jorden


What I wrote about Riddarna in Absolut Noise here

Them? Again? Yeah! Riddarna debut album ended #3 in my 2011 best of, their second one was #4 in my 2012 thing. “Under Jorden” is their third record. Their best one so far: songs such as “Hjärtat slår” and “Simma hem” prove they topped the perfect mix between stoner power, melody and despair. So once again, it is obviously in my personal podium. I guess Swedish people with taste are aware this band is one of the best thing that happened to Swedish rock music during the last decade. Me, emphatic? Well, I admit I might find some difficulties to be objective cause I have been following the band since their very beginning back in 2009 while they were still unsigned and had released a couple of songs. Am I a fucking groupie, then? Totally.

 

4. ŞTIU NU ŞTIU – Ultra Silvam

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I have actually never written about Stiu nu stiu in Absolut Noise yet

Some might find it “irritating” because it is “too much”. I would just say “ambitious”. Stiu nu stiu (“I know, I don’t know” in romanian language) debut album “Ultra Silvam” is at least radical. You’re gonna find a 14′ minutes song in the middle of it (“Borta”), some agressive guitars, some tunes with no words (the exhilarating opening song “Ultra Silvam”) and a kind of “single” (“No you are not special”) which is obvious and weird at the same time. All in all, this is a post-punk / noisy / goth / whatever trip to darkness. I guess I should have mentioned this band in the blog before, but I actually discovered it quite late: in November, whereas the album came out in June. A shame since it is Billie aka Promise and the Monster side project, an artist I have always praised in this blog (her own debut “Transparent Knives” was my fav record of the year 2007).

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ABSOLUT NOISE BEST OF 2014 – MY FAVOURITE ALBUMS (5-6-7)

 

Winter + end of the year = time to look back! What did I actually enjoy in Swedish music this year? Did my loves at first listen last long in my heart? Or to be more mundane: which are my favourite albums of this past year? Cause, yeah, believe it or not, I still believe in albums. More than in Spotify. Yesterday: numbers 8, 9 and 10. Today: #5, #6 and #7.
 

5. HURULA – Vi är människorna våra föräldrar varnade oss för

What I wrote about Hurula in Absolut Noise here.

Back in 2010, Masshysteri eponymous album was my favourite album of the year. A great punk album sung in Swedish, released by ex-members of punk band The Vicious. Then, they split. This year, Hurula debut album “Vi är människorna våra föräldrar varnade oss för” came out. Same singer, shoot again. Great songs, great album. And a sound that could be sum up as the perfect heritage of Masshysteri punkiness, Broder Daniel teenage angst romanticism and Bad Cash Quartet energy. One little drawback though: if Masshysteri sounded like the record of a nasty young band trapped in a basement, Hurula seems to me more “stadium” oriented. I mean, I do like it, but all those melodies, all this grandiloquence, remind me from time to time The Killers. Still, a must have of the year for anyone who enjoys pop-rock-punky music with Swedish lyrics.
 

6. MATTIAS ALKBERG – Södra Sverige

What I wrote about Mattias Alkberg in Absolut Noise here.

It depends to which degree you take it. You can take Mattias Alkberg “Södra Sverige” record as a pure hommage to old school punk music. Or as a joke. Or as the album of an immature kid. Perhaps, it is actually an hommage to old school punk music made by an immature kid who likes jokes. Well, I have no idea what this record is, if you ask me. I just know this political outburst sounds fun, with its enraged very short songs. And Matti still impresses me: how does he manage to release each year that many albums inspired by that many different music genres? Don’t know. How this forty something guy keeps his anger? Don’t know. Anyway, looking forward to the Swedish elections of next year: sadly, I guess they might inspire him another record…
 

7. WILDBIRDS & PEACEDRUMS – Rhythm

What I wrote about Wildbirds & Peacedrums in Absolut Noise here.

It seems that nowadays people need coaching. How to flirt. How to work. How to decorate the walls of the bedroom. Coaching everywhere for everyone. Are you serious? Gurus are what we need. And Wildbirds & Peacedrums are true gurus. Their music has nothing to do with the little things of daily life. Their sounds are aimed to raise souls. It deals with spirits. Maybe “Rhythm” is actually not very different from their previous records. But it is simply brilliant, even if, to be honest, I cannot find the words to explain why it is that powerful. So let’s say it is transcendental. Let’s say it connects your minds to your feet. Let’s say it is unique. And damn I love drums!

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ABSOLUT NOISE BEST OF 2014 – MY FAVOURITE ALBUMS (8-9-10)

 

Winter + end of the year = time to look back! What did I actually enjoy in Swedish music this year? Did my loves at first listen last long in my heart? Or to be more mundane: which are my favourite albums of this past year? Cause, yeah, believe it or not, I still believe in albums. More than in Spotify. Today: numbers 8, 9 and 10.    

 

8. LACROSSE – Are you thinking of me every minute of every day?

 

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What I wrote about Lacrosse in Absolut Noise here.

It is hard to find a true great pop band. You know the kind of one that sounds melodic, simple and catchy without sounding anecdotal. I mean there have been so many pop idols that it is now difficult to exist. Lacrosse is a pop band. Just pop. Verse chorus verse tunes. No experimentation here. But dozens of ideas for each song (damn crazy, this little game with the word “break” at the end of “Don’t be scared” !). And it sounds so fresh, so immediately entertainning that it is hard to resist. I have actually been a fan of the band for quite a long time, but this god damn opening song “Don’t be scared” is to me their best tune so far. The other songs are probably not as brilliant but it remains truly well crafted.  

 

9. DISKOTEKET – Jag ser över mitt liv

What I wrote about Diskoteket in Absolut Noise here.

I admit, I hope grunge people and bad 1990 techno music will get us out of the never ending 1980s revival. When the sound is as good as Diskoteket though, I am ok. Because, those guys can cook an atmosphere like no other.  And because this is a proper album, i.e. a coherent and homogeneous record. A dark one too. A pop preachment sung by a desperate priestess.

 

 

10. PIG EYES – Pig Eyes

What I wrote about Pig Eyes in Absolut Noise here.

Pig Eyes eponymous album is probably sent from Hell. Sure, this is heavy. Your neighbours will hate it. Cause, if it holds only six songs (just like the Diskoteket album actually), it manages to build a scary wall of sound. However, while the singer might evoke a devil, melody remains. Best exemple : “Dirge” and “Warlord”, two angry anthems that show all the qualities of the band. Looking forward to hearing more from them in a next future.

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TIGER LOU – Homecoming #2

Back from death


You will see next week, in my best of 2014 thing, there are some great records in my yearly top 10 list that I have not even written about yet (expect some obscure stuff, newcomers, surprises, etc). Well, I admit: I missed several new releases this past year or mentioned some songs a little bit too late.

This “Homecoming #2″ is probably the one song I regret the most to have not mentioned before. This is the great return of Tiger Lou, one of the bands I praised so much in this blog before. There is a skeleton in the video, but the music sounds less weird/dark than A Partial Print, Tiger Lou latest album released back in 2008. If you ask me, it is not a bad thing: I have nothing against darkness when it comes to music, however I confess I was not a huge fan of this particular record.

Anyway, the band already recorded half the tunes of their new album. The release date is planned for after this summer.

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