Negash Ali: The Collage Categories: Albums • Denmark • Urban Negash Ali: The Collage Following up on 2014s most excellent 'The African Dream', Negash Ali returned a bit earlier this year with the EP 'The Collage', also marking Ali’s debut on production in collaboration with Playminds/Jacob Vidkjær. On 'The Collage' the Danish/Eritrean rapper goes soft on us with three soulful R&B ballads, and even ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
Black Lizard: Solarize Categories: Albums • Finland • Rock Black Lizard: Solarize Two years on from their great eponymous debut album Black Lizard return with another sweet, self-produced offering of psyched out rock as it was first done some fifty years ago. This time around horns, synths and other bits have been added to the Finnish quartet's sound palette, but these have ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
Jonathan Johansson: Lebensraum Categories: Albums • Pop • Sweden Jonathan Johansson: Lebensraum It's not usual that pop deals with themes heavier than "why did he/she leave me and will life ever be good again" or "why don't we just get piss drunk and party like it's [insert year]". With Jonathan Johansson it's different, immediately suggested by the title of his new album ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
HULDA: HULDAsound Categories: Albums • Electronica • Faroe Islands HULDA: HULDAsound Back in October I featured a couple of singles by Faroese electropopster HULDA and early March this debut album followed. Comprising eight songs - produced by ORKA main man Jens L. Thomsen and guested by several of her compatriots, e.g. Petur Pólson and Guðrið Hansdóttir of BYRTA fame with whom ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
Halshug: Blodets Bånd Categories: Albums • Denmark • Rock Halshug: Blodets Bånd Danish trio Halshug ("decapitation") has two speeds: Fast and very fast. This means that their debut, 'Blodets Bånd', isn't the most varied album you can imagine. With eight songs clocking in at just at little more than 17 minutes in total it isn't very long either. It is, however, punk ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
Then Comes Silence: Nyctophilian Categories: Albums • Rock • Sweden Then Comes Silence: Nyctophilian I was quite smitten by Then Comes Silence's first album, 'Then Comes Silence', and I liked their second effort, 'II', even better. After listening to 'Nyctophilian' (kudos for thinking outside the box regarding the album title) I have to say that if the Swedes don't get a major breakthrough with ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
Ring Them Bells: No One’s Dead / We’re Just Dressed in Black Categories: Albums • Denmark • Rock Ring Them Bells: No One’s Dead / We’re Just Dressed in Black Following up on their 2013 debut Ring Them Bells released this second album earlier this week. Over ten tracks they playfully explore the noisier regions of rock while making sure pop is there to soothe and ease, and it's a combo that sits them nicely alongside fine representatives for the ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
The Megaphonic Thrift: Sun Stare Sound Categories: Albums • Norway • Rock The Megaphonic Thrift: Sun Stare Sound Three albums in and almost three years on from their latest effort Norway's The Megaphonic Thrift just keeps getting better and better, and on 'Sun Stare Sound' they're again on the move musically. In: More pop. Still in: Noise. The mix is perfectly exemplified and so very expertly executed in ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
Siamese: Siamese Categories: Albums • Denmark • Rock Siamese: Siamese The band formerly known as Siamese Fighting Fish, Siamese, have been favourites of ALL SCANDINAVIAN since their excellent 2011 debut 'We Are The Sound'. 'Siamese' is the band’s third album and marks a new direction for the six Danes. Compared to their first two albums this is essentially a pop ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
José González: Vestiges & Claws Categories: Albums • Rock • Sweden José González: Vestiges & Claws Seven years on from his latest solo effort, 'In Our Nature' (released 2007 and preceded by 'Veneer'), José González returns with his first all original album, 'Vestiges & Claws'. The absence of cover versions is not the only change here, as González has also added more guitars, percussion and backing ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
Them Bird Things: The Bride Who Came To Yellow Sky Categories: Albums • Finland • Rock Them Bird Things: The Bride Who Came To Yellow Sky Four albums in Them Bird Things show no signs of slowing down (or speeding up for that matter), still adding layers to their output which began with the 1960s-tinged debut 'Fly, Them Bird Things, Fly!' (2009), went dusty americana on the followup, 'Wildlike Wonder' (2010), and proved them ultimately unique ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
Bite The Bullet: Wheels Categories: Albums • Denmark • Rock Bite The Bullet: Wheels It's all about now, Bite The Bullet's second album 'Wheels' which is released today. Now as in right now, right here. Where the Danish trio are in life musically and personally at this point in time. A theme taken to its fullest extent in the creation of the new album, ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
Ólafur Arnalds: Broadchurch Categories: Albums • Electronica • Iceland Ólafur Arnalds: Broadchurch The very first time I heard Ólafur Arnalds I was on my couch surfing aimlessly around MySpace (remember that place?) and a few months later I was (again) blown away by him at his Iceland Airwaves show. This was back in 2008 and since then I've featured him way too ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
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