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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BEST OF 2015 – TEN (MORE OR LESS INTERESTING) THINGS I WILL REMEMBER FROM THIS PAST SWEDISH MUSIC YEAR

Top ten list

10 // Absolut Noise has been running for nearly 10 years and I confess this past twelve months were not the ones that made me wanna blog the most. Maybe because I do not think 2015 was as great as the previous years. Maybe because I have actually not found much exciting new bands/artists. Maybe because I could not find them. And with Facebook, Twitter, Spotify and so on, blogs are definitely not what they used to be when I begun AbsNoise back in February 2006. Oh, I forgot, I still miss It’s a trap.

9 // So I did not make my usual top ten fav albums list. But I am not sure albums are still relevant nowadays. Songs are. EPs maybe. But albums? Really? Well, there are exceptions of course, but let’s face it: too many fillers in too many albums. Not enough ambition. Not enough coherence.

8 // Promise & the Monster is back! True story. Raised from the death after 4 years of silence. New album Feed the fire expected in 2016. Can’t wait.

7 // I said I found some difficulties to discover true new Swedish bands, but the ones I have been kept on following remain great! In 2015, This is head gave birth to a brilliant kraut album, We are the storm cooked again some unstoppable pop singles and Nina K(inert) totally reinvented herself.

6 // Most interesting up-and-coming Swedish band? Konsförrädare (great second album End of history released this year). But everybody is aware of that, right?

5 // Mattias Alkberg is definitely the Swedish Woody Allen. Except this is not a movie he releases every year but an album. And if he is funny in his own way, I would call it poet more than comedian. His 2015 record, Personer, is not his weirdest one, not his best one neither, but once again with Matti I did not expect him to make this kind of music and this album remains one of the few great Swedish albums of this past year. And mister Alkberg proves that youth is not a matter of age: this guy is a teenager for life.

4 // Please tell me what ELI NA should do to be considered by the whole planet or at least by the whole Sweden as the top artist she is? She changed her name, released new songs, still has this extraterrestrial voice. What else can she do? Do Swedish people have ears? Do Swedish people have an heart?

3 // Nova Blast: yeah! Näv: yeah! They don’t play it smart. They just make rock music and seem to enjoy it. They are not well known, kind of new. I truly love them.

2 // My music shock n°1 of this past year: PAPER’s Friah. My music shock n°2: PAPER’s The Magnificent Descent Of A Lowland Arpeggiator. My music shock n°3: PAPER’s Rushmore.

1 // Since the bear Quartet is sleepwalking somewhere, PAPER is by far the most interesting current Swedish band. I wrote it so many times in this blog. Their previous record Mischmasch was my favourite one of the year 2011. Their third and latest album We design the future is the most ambitious one of 2015. And my favourite one of this past year? Sure it is! If you need to get one and only Swedish album this year, go for this one. Powerful, coherent, brilliant, unsane, transcendental. Did I say transcendental? Yes, I did.

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NINA K – On Ice (album review)

The Diva device


Previously on Absolut Noise, there was this hint. Remember? Ok, just one last time: keep the K, bye the INERT. Nina Kinert is now Nina K. She said why and everything in this interview we did last April.

So I had in mind the songs Impossible and Feels Better before I listened to On Ice, Nina’s new album. Thus, I could already guess that her sound was quite different that what she used to do. That she now defines herself with irony as a “diva singer”. But if you ask me, I have to admit it took me a little bit of time to totally get into this new album. After my first listen, I did love few songs but was not really fond of some others (I know, You don’t owe, Apples). I mean it is obvious that Impossibleor Wry are some killing singles. But the other songs left me doubtful. Sure there is a strong atmosphere during the whole album, but I am not that much into that kind of “dreamy” music. However, to be fair, I actually felt the same feeling when I first listened to Red leader dream, Nina’s previous album. It took me time to get into it and when I did, songs I did not really fancy at first turned brilliant.

The same process seems to occur to me with On Ice. For instance, the more I listen to Air (believe in Asians) and Feel better the more I enjoy them.

All in all, I need time to pretend to actually LOVE this new album as much as the first ones Nina cooked (her new “diva” sound is less immediate that her “pop folk” period). But I truly find amazing her ability to renew her music universe. And she still has one of the most beautiful voice within Sweden. And this is an ambitious way she is taking. And a “career” remains only interesting when the artist remains itself while exploring some new paths, right?

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PROMISE & THE MONSTER – Time of the season (first excerpt from upcoming album Feed the fire)

This artist is AbsRecommended


I live in Paris. So, as you can imagine, I did not really feel like blogging those past days (weeks?).

And then I saw one of true AbsNoise favourite, Promise & the Monster, came out from her four years of silence (even if she has released songs with her other band Stiu nu Stiu) and gave birth to a new tune Time of the season + video, first excerpt from an upcoming album named Feed The Fire (out on January 22nd).

Considering Billie Lindahl’s (the girl behind P&M) love for Twin Peaks, this fire is attended : it has been walking with her since her very beginnings (her debut album Transparent Knives was my fav album of 2007).

How about the new song? Well there is not much to say actually. The tune is more up tempo than what she used to cook. But it is still 100% brilliant. Crazy how she is able to build a strong atmosphere with few sounds. I put right away her upcoming album as my most awaited one for the weeks to come.

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