Although most Americans would likely only know of Stockholm, Sweden’s capital and largest city, it’s Umea, Sweden’s third (and most Northern) and Malmo, Sweden’s twelfth (and most Southern) cities that have emerged with reputations for […]
Over the last couple of years, Umeå, Sweden has developed an internationally recognized reputation as the home of burgeoning indie scene, as the Northern Swedish town is the home of artists such as Casja Siik, Old Man’s Will, Refused, Meshuggah, Tove Stryke, Deportees, Lisa Miskovsky, and Frida Selander. And with the release of her first two, critically applauded full-length albums, Selander has been largely considered by many Swedish critics as her country’s closest thing to Patti Smith and PJ Harvey. Granted, those may be incredibly lofty but they also aren’t far off base, as Selander’s sound, as you’d hear on “Like A Cat” and on her latest single “Soon” off her forthcoming album I Hear Sunshine pairs blues-based rock chords, propulsive drumming, incredibly catchy, anthemic looks with Selander’s expressive and sultry vocals. It’s straightforward but in the case of “Soon,” the song possesses bluesy, boozy swagger that perfectly suits Selander’s vocals, which are feel warm and comforting, as though she’s commiserating with you and your pain.
Indeed, much like “Like A Cat,” “Soon” possesses a fearless honesty and emotional honesty that most music these days just doesn’t have — perhaps because the song comes from hard-fought personal experience, life altering mistakes. And thematically speaking, the song says you have to stop struggling against the tide and accept the fact that things happen at their own speed, and in their own way.
The Malmo, Sweden-based lo-fi indie rock quintet YAST can actually trace their origins to when its founding members Carl Kolbaek-Jensen, Tobias Widman and Marcus Norberg met in the steel town Sandviken in 2007 and started […]
With the release of her first two, critically applauded, full-length efforts, Frida Selander, an Umeå, Sweden-baesd singer/songwriter and guitarist has been considered by some critics as her country’s closest thing to Patti Smith and PJ Harvey — […]
If you’ve been following JOVM for the last couple of months you may be familiar with the Stockholm, Sweden-based indie rock/indie pop act Caviare Days. The band initially started out as the recording project of founding […]
Inspired by Dungen, The Doors, Fela Kuti and Deerhunter, Swedish quartet Tussilago can trace their origins to 2011 when friends Pierre Riddez, Rickard Renström, Samuel Lundin and Zacharias Zachrisson (Lykke Li’s younger brother), decided to […]
Comprised of founding and fairly constant members Marcus Admund (vocals), and Albin Wesley (bass) and current members, Nikki Nyberg (guitar) and Erik Fritz (drums), the Stockholm-based indie rock quartet of Honeymilk formed in 2012. However, […]
Les Big Byrd was formed in Stockholm, Sweden a few years ago by Joakim Ahlund and Frans Johansson. Ahlund was raised by an immigrant mother in Bagarmossen, a rough and tumble suburb of Stockholm, while […]