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. Check out this week’s selection with Lalume, Bonander, Schultz & Forever, Dream Lake, Amanda Mair, Jimmy Smash, Jónsi, Ruby Empress, and Timshel.
Lalume – Juno
12 songs in 12 months, one song per month – that’s the plan of Norwegian/Australian electro-pop duo Lalume. Today the second one comes out with a video: Juno is as catchy as it’s intense and deals with “gifts and wounds”. The video was shot in an abandoned building in Berlin-Neukölln.
Jimmy Smash – Fine Line
„You snap your fingers when you need me closer…“ – ‘Fine Line’, the new single of Norwegian soul-pop duo Jimmy Smash speaks about unrequited love in a dreamy sound garment. The raspy vocals of singer Håvard Lyngstad are so close, they sound like sung directly into your ears.
Dream Lake – Runaway
Last week Dream Lake released their melancholic pop single ‘Runaway’. Now, four years after their self-titled debut EP came out, vocalist Isabella Svärdstam and multi-instrumentalist Niklas Willar Lidholm finally share their album ‘Lux’ with the world.
Amanda Mair – Wednesday
Bonander – The Oracle
Swedish experimental songwriter & producer Bonander released her first single ‘The Oracle’ today on Icons Creating Evil Art. It’s a directly political track, an outcry against the ultra-right’s perceived ‘success’ in Europe. “I wrote The Oracle one day when I was particularly frustrated about the normalization of racism in Sweden (and other parts of the world). We disguise racist politics behind fancy words and hollow arguments and it is our responsibility to do something.” says Bonander about the track.
Schultz & Forever – Backwards
Schultz & Forever releases his new single today. ‘Backwards’ is a promising introduction to ‘Grand Guignol’, his first album coming out in February 2018. ‘Grand Guignol’ is Schultz’s reckoning with his upbringing and his eventual departure from the church, telling the story of him starting a new life.
Jónsi – frakkur: 4:01
Jónsi Birgisson of Sigur Rós announced the release of ‘Frakkur, 2000-2004’ – a collection of his previously unreleased solo creations. The first snippet dropped earlier this week: ‘frakkur: 4:01’ is just as haunting, and cosmic, and wonderful as you would expect from Jónsi. We can’t wait to hear more!
Ruby Empress – Kimono House
Is there such a thing as glam indie pop? Either way, that’s how one can roughly describe the kind of music Ruby Empress from Gothenburg are making. Check out their latest single ‘Kimono House’ for a portion of shimmering sonic goodness.
Timshel – All Is Well
Finland’s natives Timshel make indie pop with a touch of melancholia and nostalgia. Their new single is called ‘All Is Well’, and although it does not really leave you believing that all, indeed, is well, it is a beautiful and melodic track with hooks that keep on lingering in your head.