JONAS CARPING – The Last Approval (first single from upcoming album Cocktails & Gasoline)

The apocalypse horserider

Jonas Carping is one of those underdogs I have been following for several years.

His brand new tune, “The Last Approval”, is the first single from his second solo album “Cocktails & Gasoline” (planned to be released in October 2015). I will not repeat myself: Jonas and his big voice brings an amazing atmosphere in his music. And this new tune sounds a little bit like his previous ones. But at his best. Powerful. Actually, when I listen to it, I feel like an apocalypse horserider.

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PATRIK JAKUBOWSKI – Excited Hiker (debut single from Riddarna member)

Peaceful


I am a big fan of “grunge” Swedish band Riddarna. Have always supported them in this blog. Therefore, I was eager to listen to first single from Patrik Jakubowski, member of Riddarna, who goes solo with a debut EP named Ocean (the single will be out officially tomorrow, the EP next autumn).

Surprise, surprise: this “Excited Hiker” does not sound Riddarnish at all. More a calm ballad with no shouts, no rage, juste a peaceful feeling. Like the view of an ocean? Well, it would be easy to say so, but it will be correct as well. All in all, this is a quite relaxing song that makes me curious to listen to the whole EP.

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SVART KATT – Jag vill inte, Hård, Tommy, Skitsvin (new Bring me the fucking riot man music project)

The Urge of urgency

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After NÄV, here comes another new music project with members that belongs to the Bring me the fucking riot man family. Name: Svart Katt. Sound: very straight forward / simple / energetic / melodic just as BMTFRM was. A little bit angrier, perhaps. Exhilarating. Punkier, I would say. And hell of a fun.

The rest is quite secret. I cannot say I know exactly where those guys are from and to which direction they are aiming at. I just know they recorded, mixed and mastered four songs on two tracks (Jag vill inte, Hård, Tommy, Skitsvin), in one single day. You can actually feel this while listening: Svart Katt smells definitely the urge of urgency.

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WILDERNESS – Bandung City Rockers (VIDEO PREMIERE)

Indo-Swedish

Some people don’t care. I do. I truly believe the opening song of an album is VERY important. Cause (except for few unsane people) this is obviously the first sounds listeners will hear from the record and therefore it might lead to:
1. Desire to discover more.
2. An :-( face. And then silence: the rest of the record might not even be heard.

Some people are patient. I’m not. To me, the sound of music is probably more important than the songs. If I did not get into it after one minute, the probability I will listen to the whole record afterwards is low. Even for an EP.

That’s being said, here come this question: how do you make a video for an opening song of an EP called “This world is not ours”?

This might be one of the questions that came to Wilderness mind when they had to decide how to shoot this “Bandung City Rockers”, the video premiered here in Absolut Noise. Cause if this world is NOT theirs, what is their universe? And Bandung? Well, this is definitely not Bandung: the landscape filmed there is mostly taken from the lake Storsjön which is the lake in Östersund, and Frösön, the island band members are from. Musically, it starts like a Twin Peaks soundtrack before to evolve into a long cloudy shout. And there is this girl talking in Swedish. And this landscape “smelling” so Swedish. And this Swedish pop music about to take off. All in all, this is the obvious video for the opening song of a definitely so Swedish record.

Epilogue: While I was finishing to write the short text above, I have been chatted with Kim, member of Wilderness. And what he told me gives a view slightly different from my immediate impressions. “The title refers to the indie music scene, and the culture, in the Indonesian city Bandung, he told me. We made a gig in Bandung 2009 with Penny Century (Wilderness previous band) and we totally fell in love with all these people and their unconditional love to music and music culture. It was like being in the UK in the 1980s where there were mods, skinheads, rockers everywhere. People were obssesed, in a good way, by the Smiths and other bands like them. They really made an impression on us and we really made some friends there. So “Bandung City Rockers” simply refers to these bunch of lovely people and to the indie music scene in Bandung. These people are true rockers.” Now you know!

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MATTIAS ALKBERG – Tjugonde (first single from upcoming album “Personer”)

Inte lagom (lost in translation)

I have not been blogged here for a little while since I was busy in real life. Real life, you know, the time you actually have when you do not lose it in front of a computer. Well, I am back in the cyber world again and plan to write in the days to come several posts in a row about artists I do like.

The first one is dedicated to Sir Mattias Alkberg himself, an artist I have always mentioned in this blog, when he was cooking regular rock music with the Bear Quartet, when he did his punk thing with Mattias Alkberg BD, when he experimented some weird things when the Bear Quartet, when Mattias Alkberg BD turned folk, when he went solo, when he lost his mind into his not-that-much-my-cup-of-tea Begravning thing, when he played straightforward punk music with Södra Sverige and in many different occasions I have probably forgotten.

Well, Matti just wrote a little text on his Facebook page and put a song called “Tjugonde” to go with it. Stop. I know. Most of Mattias Alkberg listeners/fans/lovers/addicts/people who are interested in what he writes or sings are mostly Swedish. I am not. I am French. Sorry about that. And I do not speak Swedish. Ok, maybe a little bit. Jag är Fransmann. Jag tycker om lyssna pa musik. Well, no, I actually cannot speak Swedish: I do not even have the proper Swede letters on my computers.

My point? Where is my point? Ah, yes, my point is that there were the lyrics of “Tjugonde” on Matti’s post. So I used the Google translator to get them into French. But, I am sorry: dear Larry Page and Sergueï Brin, your translator thing is shit. Impressive in a way, sure. But shit when it comes to understand the Swedish lyrics of a song a French guy wants to write about in his blog written in English. So, well, I have no fucking idea what Mattias Alkberg is singing about, but I guess it is ok cause I have no fucking idea neither about the new music direction he is trying to experiment. It is not as if I actually cared. I mean trying to really get Mattias Alkberg music intentions (even when you are a fan), is like trying to understand a David Lynch movie plot.

It is too early. I need time in an era that seems clearly to not care at all about people who needs time. I need to buy a record, come back to my home, play it several times on my machine, play it again, and again, and again, just like that for two months and then try to have a definitive opinion about it. “Tjugonde”? Right now I have no idea. I do not know. I am amazed. I am surprised. And I realize it does not happen to me much to be amazed and surprised when you discover a new song of an artist you have been listening to during the past 10-15 years. Every time, Matti goes in a new musical way, it is the same: I thought I got it, and eventually realize I did not.

So give me at least few months and I will come back to you telling you if “Personer” (release date : the 11th of September), the upcoming Matti album from which this “Tjugonde” is from is totally rubbish or pure genius. Yeah, rubbish or genius. Cause there is no Frenglish for “lagom”.

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