Best of 2012, my favourite songs. Episode 2. : from number 11 to number 1. Precision : only one song for each band/artist.
There is no logical reason why Skatan has not been signed on a “big” label yet. She has got the voice. She has got the songs. She has got the talent. Her debut album was one of my favourite of 2010. His second one is just as great. If you do not trust me, just listen to this goddamn “Control”.
I kind of hate all those Swedish girls crying their songs on their little pianos and all those pseudo romantic Swedish singers playing Jeff Buckley with their wooden guitars. Patrik Backlund is the exception that confirms the rule: he just need a guitar to bring my mind away, just like anytime I listen to his “My valley is my home”.
I have always taken retrogaming music as “funny”. Bondage Fairies is the only band (with Crystal Castles) to sound like a gameboy AND great.
Now Samuraj Cities are a little bit off the radar (I’m sure they’re will be back soon though), Niels Nielsen is the last of Mohicans to represent an alternative Swedish pop music that mixes electro with dancing beats. The new version of his old song “Shadow Twin” shows Niels nevers stops to improve. If you ask me -and I don’t care if I’m the only one to claim it right now- he is about to reach the very top of the Swedish music pop scene.
Nope, I am not tired yet of The Hives. Sure I do not mention them in this blog cause I cannot see the point of writing about a band that have more audience at their gigs than in some football matches of the French second division. Their latest album “Lex Hives” is better than their previous one though and “Take back the toys” holds a terrific verse.
Björn Anders Nilsson is a music genius architect with no contender. There is no other song this year that sounds similar to “Future sound of Essingen”. Very original and 100% brilliant.
Bring me the fucking riot… man has, is and always will be in my top favourite Swedish bands. From their brilliant debut album to their third one this year, I have been following their career. “We are never coming out again” is the most exhilarating song of this latest record. Latest and actually last one because they split this year. I still have not recovered.
3. AMANDA MAIR – Doubt
“Doubt” is my favourite song of Amanda Mair. It was released in 2011, but her debut album saw the light of the day in 2012, so I guess it’s ok. To be honest, I have never mentionned miss Mair in this blog before. Well, that’s not totally true: Johan Angergård told me about her in Absolut Noise… back in 2010! Anyway, when I should have written a post about her, I stupidly did not. And then it was too late. She met success very fast and I preferred to focus on more anonymous Swedish artists. Anyway, Amanda Mair does not need me. I am pretty sure she will be very soon “the new Lykke Li” or something. She deserves it.
Soviac have made several great hit singles before (“Ogashaga”, “I got the ribbah”, “Halte Jick”), but I am not sure they have released a better song than this “Uutiset”. A perfect exemple of how great a male/female rock duo can sound. And those guitars riffs! Unstoppable.
My favourite song of 2012 was released by the band which released my favourite album of 2011. “Back to Bagarmossen” is an unexpected Les Big Byrd quite special cover (from the sound to the album sleeve) as I already explained it. But it is also soooo Paper, with this kind of obsessive and desperate sound. More pop than what they usually do though. But dark. All in all, the most addictive song of the year.