In 2006, my favourite record was Samuraj Cities’ Cheap Deluxe.
In 2007: Promise & the Monster’s Transparent knives
In 2008: Paddington DC’s Love is Leukemia.
In 2009: my fav one is Dear Euphoria’s Heal my violence.
Dear Euphoria – Pop Pills (artproject video by Zara Zetterqvist)
This is a very dark album. But a beautiful one. Elina’s pure and clear voice is at her best on songs like Swimming or Jag vet inte. But whereas she only played with this natural gift on her first record, on this second one she tries more adventurous paths : Poem just a musical ballad, That you would a loop of few words and on Pop Pills – the summit of the record – she takes the exact opposite direction than in her other songs, destroying her voice in a angry electro background of noise. Stangely enough, Stereo Test Kit did not like this particular song while I truly think she should keep on experimenting in this direction. Well, maybe it was not the right label for her : Dear Euphoria is now unsigned again. What are the Swedish labels waiting for ? I don’t know. At least we have Heal my violence. A magical album. But watch out, I am talking about black magic here.