Every Friday we select the best new tracks and videos from all around Scandinavia and present our editorial picks in the New Music Weekly series. This week, to celebrate the forthcoming spring, we’ve collected a bunch of new Nordic releases featuring Iceage, Mani Orrason, LALUME, Emma Elisabeth, Selmer, The Great Dictators, boerd, Becky and the Birds, SHERPA, & WhoMadeWho.
Iceage – Painkiller
March started off pretty great: with a new single from Copenhagen’s rockers Iceage. ‘Painkiller’ is smoky, raspy and really rock’n’roll – and to make it even cooler, it features stunning vocals by Sky Ferreira. The band’s new album ‘Beyondless’ is set for release on May 4.
Mani Orrason – You’re Acting Like a Fool
Mani Orrason is a twenty-year-old singer-songwriter from Iceland, with a wilderness of curly hair, mischievous voice, and quite some addictive guitar tunes. His latest single ‘You’re Acting Like a Fool’ sounds laid-back and cheeky, and the accompanying video is just delightful, with Mani resembling a cross-over between Alex Cameron and Kurt Vile.
LALUME – Phaethon
The fifth single from Berlin-based duo LALUME is called ‘Phaethon’, and with its utterly enticing beats and catchy hooks, it’s probably our favorite yet. By the way, this month the band starts its residency at Funkhaus, so keep your eyes peeled to catch them live at this legendary venue!
Emma Elisabeth – Soul Traveller
Emma Elisabeth comes from Sweden, and yet the groovy country-pop-rock music she creates instantly makes you think of road-tripping across America – windows down, loudspeakers up, wind in your hair and the taste of freedom on your lips. ‘Soul Traveller’ sounds warm, soulful and adventurous, with a melody that lingers.
Selmer – Palm Tree
Funky six-piece from Norway, Selmer, have shared a new video for their latest single ‘Palm Trees’. It’s a dreamy pop-psychedelia ballad with a nod to Mac DeMarco & Co, and the equally hypnotic lo-fi video does it justice:
The Great Dictators – Killing Fields
After an almost two-year hiatus, Copenhagen’s rockers The Great Dictators have finally dropped a new single ‘Killing Fields’. It’s oozing coolness, leather-jacket-ness and dark-shades-ness. And that’s not even all the good news: a brand new EP is also on its way to see the day.
boerd – Blind
boerd aka Bård Ericson has made a career a double bass player in a variety of orchestras in Sweden, including Swedish Royal Opera and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Now he’s taken a different turn, signing to Anjunadeep Records and set to release a mini-LP titled ‘Static’ this spring. His new single ‘Blind’ is a tender, ambient and moody track accompanied by a fittingly atmospheric video, written, produced, and filmed by boerd himself.
Becky and the Birds – Holding On
It’s getting harder and harder to impress anyone with sleek electronic Scandipop, and yet there’re still great newcomers like Becky and the Birds who manage to bring something fresh and special to the table. Her debut single ‘Holding On’ is rich, eclectic, catchy, and very much goosebumps-inducing. We’re definitely gonna keep an eye on this young Swede!
SHERPA – Sunshine
We’ve already featured Danish duo SHERPA on our blog, and they don’t fail to deliver again: their latest single ‘Sunshine’ is a contagious pop banger that can put you in a party mood like nobody’s business.
WhoMadeWho – Goodbye to All I Know (Remixes)
There’s no need to explain who WhoMadeWho are, right? These Danish legends released their sixth long-player ‘Through the Walls’ in January this year, and the lasest single off the album, ‘Goodbye to All I Know’, just got a whole package of remixes. If you’re into experimental electronic stuff, then you gotta check it out.