This Is Head recorded the Repetition Dance at home in Henric’s house on a Saturday night in November. The preparation for the video took 1 hour and then two shots straight were made. “No tired legs just tired clothes!” The song is on This Is Head’s current album The Album ID.
A Thousand Times Goodnight is telling the story about a photojournalist dealing with her extreme life and job situation. Juliette Binoche starring the photographer, documents a group of female Afghan suicide bombers, putting herself in dangerous situations. So eventually she has to choose between passion and family – at her husband’s expense – played by Game of Thrones babe Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. The Norwegian/ Irish produced movie won the Special Grand Prix of the Jury at the Montreal World Film Festival in August this year. Ane Brun’s song Daring to Love captures significant scenes from the movie.
After shining and counting awards for their albums Dying in Africa, and the more complex follow up The Unforgettable Planet, Swedish band Nicolas Makelberge has now re-emerged with an EP that stretches like an odyssey over landscapes, borders, water and cultures. Nicolas Makelberge is a Swedish band consisting of songwriter Nicolas Makelberge and vocalist Johan Tuvesson. Born From The Sun is out today on Emotion and here on stream.
During the late 1990s and beginning of the 00s the musical scene in Norway surprisingly raised up with the so called BERGEN WAVE. Artists such as Kings of Convenience and Erlend Øye, Röyksopp, Annie from Bergen based label Tellé Records took a big jump from the quiet streets of Bergen to the international scene. And like all good things, the Bergen Wave came to stay, and not only to stay, but also to influence a current second Bergen Wave. Kakkmaddafakka, Young Dreams, Casiokids, The Megaphonic Thrift, Skatebård, Bloody Beach are the new names who find their way to the international music world and getting support from the former generation. The Bergen scene is marked by real crew love and cooperations between artists. A scene less competing, more friendly and inspiring? Erlend Øye signed The Kakks to his own label Bubble Records, made them support for The Whitest Boy Alive and faster than expected the guys could grow a huge fan base in Germany. As well other names like Put Your Hands Up for Neo-Tokyo, Machine Birds and Hawkon will find their way to the big world. But wait… before that happens, we decided to introduce the unknown part of the Bergen scene in a cosy environment. The first 100 people who sign up for the guestlist, get in for free.
Nordic by Nature & Zitty present
Put Your Hands Up For Neo-Tokyo (acoustic set)
We’ve had an eye on Shiny Darkly for a while now PLUS this impatient waiting for their debut album Little Earth - to be released on Crunchy Frog in March. So, meanwhile we have three songs from their Dead Stars EP to make the wait much more bearable. Buy the EP here! Shiny Darkly bring us back to good old psych sounds of The Doors/ Velvet Underground who are equally the main inspiration for the Danish trio, as well as younger bands like The Horrors, Jesus Mary Chain or The Stooges. They innocently describe themselves as “a group of good friends who like to be loud and noisy”. It was just a question of time to make them Artist of the Week.
Explain the evolution of the band in 5 words! Inspiring, beautiful and intense. Fast and groovy.
What animal is Shiny Darkly in the zoo? A furious female hyena.
What song would you love to have written? Heroes by David Bowie
What travel destination influenced you the most in your life? Why? It’s difficult to choose a specific destination. Every travel have influenced us a lot. Especially SXSW in Austin and Iceland Airwaves were very intense with many different gigs in a short period of time. We really learned a lot about our music and each other.
Is there a typical Scandinavian sound? A lot of different new music is coming out of Scandinavia these days – different genres and ways of expressing. It’s quite interesting to follow that development and be a part of it.
Miguel – Do You… (Cashmere Cat Remix)
Shiny Darkly – Dead Stars
CEO – WHOREHOUSE
Sportsman – Usher
Phantom – Voices
Postiljonen – All That We Had Is Lost (Gent Mason Remix)
Sprutbass – Schengen- Funk R. Mullen Mix (Sandra Kolstad Remix)
Cashmere Cat – With Me
Pandreas – Rås
Wild At Heart – Saving All My Tears
Put Your Hands Up For Neo-Tokyo – You
China – Hide
On one side, Lucas Nord, on the other, Emil Heró (the solo debut name of Emil Gustafson from Urban Cone). Two Swedish music producers and a catchy tune called Feelings For You. You can find the song in Nord’s debut album called Islands which has just been released by the label Hybris. But listen, the main point of this post is not this good new only… it’s just getting MUCH better: 1987 decided to take part and convert this duo collaboration into a musical ménage-à-trois.
After 4 years, Eric Berglund’s solo project, ceo returns in February with a new album. WONDERLAND will be released via Modular (also works with bands like Darkside or Young Dreams). Whorehouse is the first track from this album. For the ones who might not know, Berglund had a former duo project called The Tough Alliance together with his childhood friend Henning Fürst, though he finally reaches absolute happiness just now, with ceo.