BEST OF 2012 – My Top 20 favourite songs (20 to 11)

 

Let’s start my best of 2012 with my favourite songs. Not the “best” ones, just my “favourite”. 20 tunes. Today, part1: from number 20 to number 11. (Tomorrow : 10 to 1…). NB : precision : only one song for each band/artist.

20. MAGNUS EKELUND AND STALET – Fortfarande här
My previous post about Magnus Ekelund & Stålet.

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A simple verse chorus verse pop song (with Swedish lyrics) that could have been made by Kent in the 2000s. I have always taken simplicity as a good thing.

 

19. NORMA – Joan
My previous post about Norma.

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Joan is the first single of Norma upcoming second album “The invisible mother”. A great hint. Scary. Cinematographic. Mysterious.

 

18. YOKOLA – Gone
My previous post about Yokola.

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Fun lo-fi tune, probably cooked in the kitchen of Yokola, an unsigned band that deserves a wider audience.

 

17. SIMON RYMAN – Everything in mind
My previous post about Simon Ryman.

I have been following Simon Ryman “career” for years now. I have always classified him as a “folk” artist. Seems this is a little bit more complicated than that. His debut album named “Dawg” is on its way and Simon leaks the tunes through the web. If all of the songs sound as good as “Everything in mind”, you will for sure hear about him soon. Hypnotic.

 

16. ANTENNAS – Off the deep end
My previous post about Antennas.

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Is this still pop? Probably. But more ambitious than 99% of the pop worldwide production. Antennas make you feel unsecure with their dark clumsy beat. The worst of all is that it feels so good.

 

15. RIDDARNA – Du kan få allt
My previous post about Riddarna.

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Since they launched their Riddarna translator, everybody who can speak a little bit English can understand the band lyrics. Actually you did not need it to feel their darkness. No need to speak Swedish neither to be aware of the talent of the band. Du Kan Få Allt, the opening track of Bakom Molnen, Riddarna second album, sums up everything I love in this band: tension, rage and honesty. Hell of rock music or rock music from hell, you chose.

 

14. TERRIBLE FEELINGS – Days to come
My previous post about Terrible Feelings.

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It is not by chance of Terrible Feelings opened for Refused this year. Even two years ago, I considered Terrible Feelings as a terrific punk band. Their debut record “Shadows” is more “pop” than expected. But songs like “Days to come” bring enough electricity in the air to shoot out the band in the top of the Swedish music scene.

 

13. BRÖDET – Chloe dancer
My previous post about Brödet.

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Brödet comes from nowhere. No label, no record. Just songs on their soundcloud. “Chloe Dancer” is a Mother love bone cover. In two words: heaven’s gate.

 

12. SONJAGON – Below the sea
My previous post about Sonjagon.

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Three years of silence. Then, “Below the sea”. Sonjagon is back. Good news, they remain one of my fav Swedish bands.

 

11. KNIVDERBY – Du tror vi faller men vi reser oss över
My previous post about Knivderby.

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What an uppercut! “Du tror vi faller men vi reser oss över” is the first song of Knivderby album “Uppochnervända kors”. It is also the craziest opening tune for any album released in 2012.

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