Every week 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 we are featuring new Nordic releases from Kluster, Árstíðir, Fred Nicolas, Sabina Ddumba, Ólafur Arnalds & SOHN, Dolores Haze, Lykke Li, Elina and Lisa Bregneager.
Kluster – civic
Swedish band Kluster have released their debut LP ‘Civic’ on June 15th. According to the band, “civic is a look into the everyday ordinary, the changeable and the constant” with eleven songs treating “situations, emotions and people in our mind at the time, consciously or not.” .
Árstíðir – Lover
Icelandic folk-rock band Árstíðir has revealed their new track ‘Lover’ from their upcoming album ‘Novalis’ featuring a haunting violin and beautiful vocal harmonies.
Fred Nicolas – C’est La Vie
Swedish/Swiss songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Fred Nicolas‘ new single ‘C’est La Vie’ is a lyric-driven indie-pop track, blending together the classic songwriting of yesterday with the lush synth sounds of today.
Sabina Ddumba – Small World
Swedish singer Sabina Ddumba returns with her single ‘Small World’ – mid-tempo and melodic slice of soul-pop.
Ólafur Arnalds & SOHN – unfold
Along with the announcement for his upcoming album, Icelandic composer Olafur Arnalds published the video to his new track ‘unfold’, a collaboration with SOHN. Mixing the opposing forces of a sweaty dancefloor and the icy ocean, the video sits perfectly alongside the track’s subtle power; twinkly piano sits behind forceful thuds of strings and rises and falls with ease.
Dolores Haze – Banana
Swedish all-female punk band Dolores Haze are back with a new single. The overdriven Lo-fi punk band’s new track called ‘Banana’ is inspired by the recent #MeToo movement.
Lykke Li – so sad, so sexy
Swedish songstress Lykke Li has now released her complete fourth record ‘so sad, so sexy’, an electronic, trap-infused album circling around the themes of heartbreak and loss. It’s unlike any of her previous records and we love it.
Elina – Wild Enough
Swedish singer-songwriter Elina has released her debut single ‘Wild Enough’, a powerful piano ballad. Here’s what she has to say about it: “It’s the story of things I’m faced with and can relate to. I wanted ‘Wild Enough’ to talk about my self-belief in my own ability and the fear of being seen as inadequate but also the will to do better and the pursuit of being proud of who I am and what I accomplish.”
Lisa Bregneager – Unless You Want Me To
Danish Lisa Bregneager’s new single ‘Unless You Want Me To’ is a soulful track with a beautiful trumpet arrangement and seductive melancholic vocals.