Ditt Inre’s intensely melodic and left of center pop’s ability to bash through language barriers has justifiably been the topic of much discussion on ye aulde Internet, and the sexy/scary whispers and supremely buoyant synth bass that form the launch pad for “Tystnaden” (translation: the silence) certainly combine to form an elusive type of communication all their own. But that’s just the first 20 seconds. A sophisticated slow build a la Yello or Femminielli eventually gives way to heavier, sequenced rhythm pieces and cooing falsetto that delivers a blissful sugar rush of straight to the brain’s dance pop processing centers. Seamlessly transitioning between moods and instrumentation suites like a Vegas performer shifts through costumes, the duo are able to create a track that balances the abstract and accessible, with a smoothly produced delivery that’s become their trademark. Without spoiling anything, Värd mer än guld, the duo’s debut full length on Cascine, manages to expand this balancing act on an impressive 10 track scale. Something to look forward to; in the meantime, put this in your ears a few times and let it work itself out.
Värd mer än guld will be available September 3 from Cascine
Written by Luke Carrell
Zeon Light Kassett is this cassette label from the woods in Sweden. We´re happy to this mixtape for International Tapes cause they´ve supported the Zeon Light since day uno. This mix includes plenty of Swedish music. New and not that very new. Hope you´ll enjoy it! Please visit us at zeonlight.wordpress.com
Yours truly, Jocke/ZLK
The 17 tunes of love:
Blago Bung – I en tysk bar
Leibniz & Newton – Professor Whom
Steve Kuhn – The meaning of love
Jonas Fust – Bulb in dust
Horrid Red – Celestial Joy
Hills – You talk the talk
Cryme – Blaze the world
You – Electric day
Group Rhoda – Virtual dancer
Jang Hyan – Pushing through the fog
Cooly G – He said I said
Edourd Masengo – Hata unacheza
The Garbage and the flowers – Call out the dogs again
Pero – Pommes
Ralph Lundsten – Guldvingedans till blåklocksklang
Edward Vesala Trio – Fill in
Diskoteket – Mörka tankar
Submitted by Zeon Light Kassett
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Fans of Edinburgh-based dream-pop act Magic Eye should have another reason to celebrate, with Alex from said outfit’s new project NAKED. While the name may be stark (pun intended) and its origins mysterious (the three members claim to have met in Fårö, Sweden and lived above a secret radar station), NAKED’s new single “Lie Follows Lie” is all about diaphanous texture and circuitous, often breathtaking washes of sound. The band’s own description of of using “a mix of sculptured guitar dissonance, R&B beats and traditional Gotlander vocals” sums up the track nicely. It’s the sort of song that sounds great in the background, but takes on a rainbow of new dimensions when cranked to high decibels. According to the band, they have some exciting things coming in the near future, but for now, “Lie Follows Like” stands alone as a particularly pretty monument to crystalline darkness.
Written by Nathan Reese
Olof Persson stays busy. As a member of Malmö-based duo Broken Boys, he makes dark pop that mixes 808 beats with layers of analog synth, while his solo project, Heat and White, employs similar elements for wordless but no less affecting compositions (when he’s not making mixes for us, that is). ”Sleep Now,” is the latest from the latter project, and plays out like a giallo movie that’s as concerned with subconscious terrors as it is slasher scares. It’s all slinky narrative with no outlet (at least at first), driven by arpeggiated synths that culminate with an ominous sample that asks the listener, “Is sleeping OK?”. Before we can answer for ourselves, another voice chimes in with what we’re all thinking: “No. I can’t sleep.” Thank god – who knows what nightmare might arise if he could?
Heat and White’s new cassette is coming out soon on Zeon Light
Written by Nathan Reese
01 – laura cromwell – real cool time / basic channel – mutism
02 – bj nilsen – austrvegr / arthur russell – soon-to-be innocent fun
03 – gas – untitled
04 – sparklehorse – dreamt for light years in the belly of a mountain
05 – besnard lakes – because tonight
06 – tim hecker – the piano drop
07 – harmonia – sehr kosmische<
08 – durutti column – never known
09 – godspeed you! black emperor – providence
10 – yo la tengo – by two’s
11 – cosmic jokers – cosmic joy
12 – olivia tremor control – grass canons
13 – heat and white – sleep now
14 – philip glass – mad rush
15 – robert wyatt – sea song
Submitted by Heat and White
One hundred years from now a rebooted robot Ridley Scott will be desperate to find the perfect soundtrack for a film he’s directing set in early twenty-first century Sweden… something kinda like Blade Runner, but not at all like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. A time of all types of uncertainty, he will try out acoustic based music, but find it incompatible with his story. He’ll try every form of antique technology, before finding, buried deep in the ruins of an anonymous Swedish secret society, a dusty cassette labeled Sand Circles, Motor City. Scott will find a boombox, functioning only by a miracle, and fall madly in love with the music he’s hearing. Elaborate set up aside, Sand Circles (Swede Martin Hertrich) makes near perfect sci-fi sounds. The hazy synths and tired beat machines paint in reverb and carve out nooks with just the right amount of space between them to make for a compelling trip through his version of “motor city.” What is that vision? It’s noir for sure. As a listener we’re taken into an urban landscape that is full of struggle, but there’s a hopeful, if ambivalent, glimpse of happier days on the horizon.
Motor City is still available from Not Not Fun
Written by Jeff Daily
Swedish summer rain can be calm and soothing, a welcome experience on a hot summer day. It can also be harsh and unforgivable, falling heavily from the sky with cold raindrops hitting the ground, giving away rhythmic sounds while the wind plays a monotonous tone over and over again. Follow us through this mixtape and let us show you novel experiences and glimmering nostalgia.
1. Boards of Canada – Roygbiv
2. Tears For Fears – Sowing the Seeds of Love
3. Scuba – So You Think You’re Special
4. Keep Shelley In Athens – Fokionos Negri Street
5. Pure X – Twisted Mirror
6. Janet Jackson – That’s The Way Love Goes
7. Bruce Springsteen – I’m On Fire (Cousin Cole’s Bad Desire mix)
8. Paul Simon – 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (Pollyn’s re-edit)
9. DJ Giulio – Inner life
10. Leather Nun – F.F.A.
11. Pional – We’ve Been Waiting For You
12. Kenton Slash Demon – Sun
13. Morgan Geist – Detroit
14. CJ Bolland – Camargue
15. RxGibbs – Silver
16. Kranium – Björnen
Olof Persson of Swedish duo Broken Boys made quite a splash this past week with Sea-Through, the first release of his solo material under the name of Heat and White. Where Broken Boys favor inventive sampling and passive aggressive beats in their ominous tunes, this new project relies on a more relaxed palate of sounds reverb heavy guitar and reliably punchy drums. It’s highly conversant with the always trendy “beachy” guitar jam and semi-Balearic Nordic tropicalia, while still managing to do its own thing. The track “Standing Wave” is a simultaneously more complex and pop friendly adaptation of the musical element of Persson’s conceptual multimedia project Stående våg, which translates as, you guessed it, standing wave. The track’s wafts of highly melodic guitars, pianos, and melodicas (?) mesh beautifully, as barely controlled synth arpeggiations threaten to break the song’s delicate balances. Our advice: put on some good headphones, direct your eyes at the ceiling, and let the track evolve.
Sea-Through is now available from Zeon Light
Written by Luke Carrell
Have you had enough of electronic tune from Nordic countries this week? Great, then here we go. Gothenburg, Sweden’s Anders Tillman approaches downbeat minimalism with a genuine passion for nuance and restraint with Nightwalk, his latest release under the moniker of Harmony & T. The seemingly straightforward sound design, which might be mistaken for a slew of basic presets, is actually a carefully customized kit that’s holistic enough to give the illusion of simplicity. Constant series of artful changes to seemingly steady synthetic patterns go almost unnoticed as “Sleep” pivots along its miniaturized dub trajectory. It creates an experience similar to lazily watching the evening light fade: you suddenly realize it’s dark and, while you can remember what the scene looked like when the process started and the growth of certain shadows here and there or a few static color palates in sequence, most of the exact gradations of the process evade your memory. Tillman’s self-produced video offers the contrasting metaphor of a single undulating, ephemeral band. Feel free to interpret as you like, or just embrace the opportunity to relax for a moment.
You can hear this same tact applied to more dancey/housey tracks on Nightwalk, which is now available on cassette, for streaming, and as a download from Sweden’s Zeon Light
Written by Luke Carrell
If you’ve been keeping up with your music think pieces the last few weeks, you may have noticed an influx of articles about the popular resurgence of electronic dance music. The music industry term “EDM” has come to serve as genre marker for the cadre of mass market artists the articles highlight, who’ve found success by fusing electro, dubstep, and various branches of house music to create music that is deftly accessible and unapologetically brash. Yet, even as this contrived EDM narrative gets echo-chambered by the likes of the New York Times business section, danceable electronic music continues to diversify aesthetically, with many producers and musicians exploring beyond the formulas that define the legion of house music sub-genres and still more bringing fresh takes on openly nostalgic sounds – all far removed from signature layers of bass wobble.
Enter Korallreven, the Swedish duo made up of Daniel Tjäder (of The Radio Dept) and Marcus Joons, whose An Album By Korallreven was released late last year. Standout track “Sa Sa Samoa,” notable for its guest vocals by Julianna Barwick and beautifully breezy ownership of its big dance pop sound, is now being released as a single, along with a series of remixes by Elite Gymnastics, Recycle Culture, Arca, UNKNOWN. Recycle Culture‘s treatment ups the track’s pulse considerably, transforming it into a euphoric piece of progressive trance bliss. Yes, that kind of trance. Balearic keys ring out over a beat that unapologetically embraces the mythic sensibilities of ‘90s Ibiza’s rave culture. It’s four minutes of dancefloor ecstaticism that’s perhaps best explained by the purple pills in the artwork. If that doesn’t drive the point home, the emoji that serve as the single’s genre label certainly do: ヘ(^_^ヘ)(ノ^_^)ノ.
Written by Nathan Reese