ORKA: Leipzig Categories: Albums • Alternative • Faroe Islands ORKA: Leipzig That Faroese collective ORKA fronted by Jens L. Thomsen is something entirely unique is no secret. They have proven it with homemade instruments, excellent live shows and now four albums of equal parts alternative rock and industrial electronica. The latest, ‘Leipzig’, is both their most accessible (’Leipzig VII - Sing’ ... (Click To Continue Reading)
Sólstafir: Ótta Categories: Albums • Alternative • Iceland • Metal Sólstafir: Ótta It has always been a bit of a stretch to call Sólstafir metal. On ‘Ótta’ the term really doesn’t make sense anymore, but I got no better genre that really covers it. The Icelandic four-piece just makes music. Haunting, beautiful, rich, atmospheric music that sounds like nothing else. ‘Ótta’ may ... (Click To Continue Reading)
Brother North: Brother North Categories: Albums • Alternative • Iceland • Sweden Brother North: Brother North At just 22 Swedish/Icelandic duo Brother North - Freyr Flodgren and Lucas Enquist - have already been making music together for a decade, the culmination so far being the release of their debut album this year. Inhabiting the same sphere as fellow Scandinavian Klak Tik, although less eccentric, the duo ... (Click To Continue Reading)
Nancy: Seas Surrounding Categories: Albums • Alternative • Finland Nancy: Seas Surrounding Pretty much exactly a year on from their debut, ‘IDDQD’, Finnish quartet Nancy return with a full length album departing a bit from their first in style. The core is still grandiose rock, but this time around they’ve intensified the use of electronics and more than once tweaked the knobs ... (Click To Continue Reading)
Musique Le Pop: l’été EP Categories: Albums • Electronica • Norway Musique Le Pop: l’été EP Last year Musique Le Pop had a bit of a blogosphere hit with their great single ’Turn To Sand’, and a couple of months ago the Norwegian electropop trio followed up with their debut EP, ‘l’été EP’ (“summer” in French). It’s a perfectly titled release and will extend the feeling ... (Click To Continue Reading)
Tomas Barfod: Love Me Categories: Albums • Denmark • Electronica Tomas Barfod: Love Me Twenty-some years ago I went to boarding school with Tomas Barfod. Then a very accomplished (jazz) drummer he surprised most - at least most of us, his fellow students - when suddenly charting as half of electropop duo Filur (his later work with WhoMadeWho making a bit more immediate sense), ... (Click To Continue Reading)
Eline Thorp: Mirror’s Edge Categories: Albums • Norway • Pop Eline Thorp: Mirror's Edge It's been a long time coming, the debut album from Norwegian songstress Eline Thorp, but 'Mirror's Edge' can only be said to have been worth the wait. The 20 year-old preacher's daughter began making waves some three years ago when she inked a deal with Beyond Records, not least thanks ... (Click To Continue Reading)
Meadows End: The Sufferwell Categories: Albums • Metal • Sweden Meadows End: The Sufferwell You can’t accuse Meadows End for rushing things through. They played together for almost a decade before releasing their debut album and now we have had to wait for four years for them to make the followup, 'The Sufferwell'. Luckily it's been worth the wait. While the Swedes debut 'Ode ... (Click To Continue Reading)
Buspin Jieber: Night Drive EP Categories: Albums • Electronica • Iceland Buspin Jieber: Night Drive EP Also known as Murya, Gudmundur Ingi Gudmundsson has now released what appears to be his first EP as Buspin Jieber, an alias used to "explore the passion of his youth" - a passion seemingly counting albums by Jean Michel Jarre and Vangelis among its igniters. Because the 'Night Drive EP' ... (Click To Continue Reading)
Black Twig: Heliogram Categories: Albums • Finland • Rock Black Twig: Heliogram On Monday Finnish indierock quartet Black Twig released their second album, 'Heliogram' (out in Finland back in February), in Germany with UK to follow later in 2014. Compared to the lauded debut, 'Paper Trees', they have brought down the shoegazing noise a bit here, but other than that not much ... (Click To Continue Reading)
SLOWOLF: Bounty + Wolf Grey Categories: Albums • Denmark • Urban SLOWOLF: Bounty + Wolf Grey Back in April SLOWOLF aka Andreas Asingh launched #slowolffridays which - as the name imply - is a 10 songs in 10 Fridays project culminating next Friday to coincide with his second concert at Roskilde Festival. All songs are also released on two EPs, 'Bounty' (out May 26) and 'Wolf ... (Click To Continue Reading)
Heidra: Awaiting Dawn Categories: Albums • Denmark • Metal Heidra: Awaiting Dawn Every year the record label Mighty Music hosts Mighty Fight Night where a handful of promising Danish metal bands compete for a record deal and an appearance at the Copenhell festival. This year Copenhagen based Heidra wiped the floor with the (indeed strong) competition. Listening to the band’s debut album, ... (Click To Continue Reading)
Siinai: Supermarket Categories: Albums • Finland • Rock Siinai: Supermarket Claiming a supermarket as inspiration for anything more than a spontaneous killing spree is a courageous move, but somehow Finnish prog-rock quartet Siinai pull it off. 'Prisma' might not be very supermarket-y, 'Smiling Cashier' perhaps only so by title (a bit more freaky than smiling, that cashier), but I feel ... (Click To Continue Reading)
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