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…


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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