We've had one new artist introduction from Norway today, and somewhat inevitably our 2nd takes us in the direction of Bergen, which remains the most prolific of musical cities. 'Mia Berg' is a relative newcomer to the Norwegian musical scene, but she has already appeared at gigs organised by Øyafestivalen and By:Larm, so clearly she's an artist that everyone is looking out for already. Her new single is entitled 'Hurry', and this appealed to me predominantly because of her vo
We have a couple of new releases today that are probably slightly different in style than our normal Indie Rock and Folk influenced sounds, although 'Lokoy' ('Lasse Lokoy') is connected to a band we have featured a number of times - as he is also the bass played of the excellent Sløtface. His debut EP is released today through 'Propeller Recordings', and it's an intriguing mix of experimental pop, with 4 tracks that head off in completely directions - which is backed up by 'L
I've still got the sounds of that lovely 'Rami Vierula' album going around my head, and probably will have for some time, but we can't stand still for too long as we have so much to get through, and we're delighted to be able to introduce you to a part Norwegian band who've just formally released their first single, and whom I've been keeping an eye on for a short while 'Ålesund' are admittedly only 'slightly' Norwegian, but definitely qualify for NMR inclusion because singe
We're really excited about the range of Nordic releases to bring you this week, and we'll start off with an artist we haven't had chance to feature before as a solo artist. Terje Torkellsen, also a member of bands such as Mats Wawa (whom we have featured), writes slightly offbeat alternative pop tracks influenced by all kinds of music, but his new track 'Sean' is a very specific eulogy to none other than Sean O'Hagan of the excellent High Llamas, Stereolab and Microdisney. 'S
If truth be told we almost missed the new 'Say Lou Lou' track 'Ana' because of our normal organisational incompetence. But thankfully it was spotted just in time, and thank goodness we did, because I think everyone will really like it. 'Say Lou Lou' are a band we haven't had chance to feature before, they're an Australian / Swedish duo who've been around for a few years, and they were featured on the 'BBC Sound of 2014' longlist. But if they didn't have my attention previousl
After featuring 2 tracks yesterday with classical influences, our two features today cover music that is far more 'mainstream'. If truth be told we get sent (and come across) a huge selection of 'commercial' style releases, and we write about very little simply because that's not quite our 'audience', but 'Bellhouse' (aka Emma-Lee Andersson) from Sweden is no ordinary commercial artist, and her music stands slightly leftfield from everyone else. A trained truck driver, 'wanna
After the outrageous 'classic pop' melodies of 'Moving to Canada', we'll switch emphasis to a different style of music writing, but remain in Sweden. 'Prins Wilmer' is a young songwriter (just 22) and producer, and he writes what I'd describe as orchestral pop, ambitious complex pop songs that are often (but not always) grounded in big instrumentation, and have a sense of theatre to them too. The track that we'll feature is entitled 'Ett gud välsignat koris, en helig symfoni'
We're always on the look out for original sounding bands that bring together different styles of music, and fuse it together into something which sounds unusual and interesting. And Swedish band 'Ox' have arrived on the scene with their debut single and video released today, the likes of which I really don't think you'll have seen or heard before. So 'Ox' are are a 4 piece band from Gothenburg, consisting of Ida Gudmundsson (vocals, ukulele), Tone Persdotter (vocals, philico