We first wrote about Swedish duo 'Pale Honey' way back in 2015 when they released their self-titled debut album (and I've really enjoyed listening to that again), so it's great to follow their progress through into a new decade with a brand new release ahead of a third album, which is due in September. It has been a while since their last release, and that seems to reflect the challenges of the creative process behind their new songs, but it's been worth the wait, because wh
We've covered a fair few new names and bands in the last week, so we'll return to an 'old favourite' for another new release which was out just yesterday, and it's a very welcome return from none other than Jacques Labouchere, who we last wrote about in October 2017 when he released a lovely album entitled 'Piece' (a follow up to a self titled album and 'BI-polar Baby Strollers'), and shortly before he embarked on a mammoth European tour which took him everywhere but the UK.
We introduced 'Lilla Parasit' back in December when they released the track ;'Feather Soul', which had already been premiered by our friends at 'For the Rabbits', and ahead of a mini-album which is due for release in March they've now released an additional track, entitled 'Eirik', which I must admit has slightly blown me away - mainly because I wasn't quite expecting the intensity of sound they've managed to produce. So, for those of you who missed the original feature, 'Lil
We belatedly featured 'Beverly Kills' for the 1st time earlier last year when they released their excellent track 'Revellers' and the Swedish band have continued to build an impressive reputation, playing showcase festivals, sold out venues and being recognised in media internationally. Yet up until now they've still only released 5 singles, with the 6th being their new song 'I Dreamt in Commercials', which will form part of a debut EP release due in April on 'Welfare Sounds
Well I guess we've made it to Friday, and whilst there may still be a small pile of Albums and EPs to finish writing about, there's always time for a short feature on another Nordic Indie band to add to your latest playlists. 'Dolorifics' are from Sweden, and they're a conventional 4 piece band who write pretty 'timeless' Indie style songs, with a pretty hefty, but always likeable, influence from Britpop and other 90's rock bands. They were formed back in 2016, but actually t
So we're half way through January and we've already got a huge backlog, and there's some pretty good stuff to write about, starting with another band who've been around for a while, but we've yet to feature in NMR. 'Damen' are a 4 piece indie band from Gothenburg, named after a defunct harbour in the city, who started a band simply because they felt the indie scene in the city was getting a bit sterile and not playing the music that they wanted to hear. Already they've record
We’ve seen the name ‘Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes’ crop up countless times since they arrived on the Swedish indie scene, and it’s not exactly a name that even we can forget, so we’re delighted to be able to finally introduce them after the release of a new(ish) single, and ahead of their debut album due early next year. I say ‘newish’ because ‘Moon’ was released last month, and another impressive song from a band who’ve made a pretty big impact since they formed in 2015. The
We have another Album review ready to land shortly, but there's time for a just a very quick introduction to another artist we haven't featured before. Behind the moniker 'lodet' is the Swedish songwriter and producer 'Joakim Björnberg' and he's been writing music in Japan for the last few years, before deciding to release music in his own right. 'Volvo' is an interesting song that rattles along at a great pace, with a laid back melodic feel, that makes it easy to listen to.
So i think it's only right that we get to write about our official new 'favourite' band given it's our 5th birthday, and 'Treemer' from Finland have really captured our hearts with a gorgeous release that blends 80/90s shoegaze and even gothic influences with a more modern indie and even post rock soundscape. Their debut EP 'Meeting' was released just over a week ago to a small fanfare, and we're delighted to do our bit to bring them to the attention of our lovely internation
We often like to highlight bands that push genre boundaries, and mix up styles of music, but there's nothing wrong with a belting classic 'Indie Rock' song - the type that will have you singing along on a festival field sometime in high summer. 'The Bongo Club' do exactly that with their new single 'No Expectations', and similarly to Finnish band 'Mantaray' that we featured earlier, this is a band who also plan to release a new album early next year. They're also new to Nordi
Moving on to Denmark next and another band we haven't covered before, 'Yune', who have just released the lead track from their forthcoming album, and that single is called 'Ørkensangen', which translates to 'The Desert Song', - and yes I have double checked and unfortunately it's not dessert. Anyway 'Yune' are a 5 piece band from Aarhus, and they've been around for about 3 years, mainly playing gigs and festivals in Denmark (alongside the likes of 'Lowly' and 'Sleep Party Peo
Whilst we work on 'other things' this week we're getting straight to the point and bringing you up to date with some latest Nordic releases, and today it's the turn of our favourite Finnish melody makers 'The Stillwalkers' who have released a new single entitled 'Concrete Heart. Now we know we always enthusiastic about these guys, but their latest single is quite possibly their best release yet, an intense 6 minutes which builds to the most glorious vocal 'climax' just at pre
Clearly no-one would ever set up a band just to try and get a feature in Nordic Music Review (in fact, I'm pretty sure some bands have split up due to the shame of it), but if they did there is actually a pretty simple formula - give yourself an Indie sounding band name beginning with 'The', send us an already released album direct and not via a PR company, write melodic Indie Pop somewhere between the sound of 'Delay Trees' and 'Teenage Fanclub' and make sure the very first
Just a quick new artist introduction this morning, before we get on with this mornings important tasks, which really should involve trying to lock up a corrupt despotic Prime Minister*, but in reality probably involves spreadsheets. I say 'introduction', because actually 'J. Ihminen' is not exactly new to Nordic Music Review, because he was featured as part of that great little Finnish Indie band we like so much, 'Giant Giant', whom I was only thinking about the other week.
We've written about 'Spielbergs' a couple of times since they burst on to the music scene with their pretty wonderful track 'We Are All Going to Die', so we're delighted to remind you that they are currently here in the UK embarking on tour that covers a fair good part of the UK. And they've even released a new single too, entitled 'Running All the Way Home', which came out just a couple of weeks ago. For those of you who haven't come across them, they're a Norwegian Indie Ro
There are a few albums from early summer that we still need to catch up on, and we'll try to keep the reviews short so that we can cover other releases at the same time. We've written about 'Beezewax' previously, they released a succession of singles leading up their 7th (!) album 'Peace Jazz' and we featured them a couple of times, mostly recently in April when wrote about their single 'Two Diamonds'. We also keep missing them when they play live dates in the UK - maybe if w
We featured 2 Finnish bands new to Nordic Music Review yesterday, today we return to another 'old' favourite, none other than award winning 'The Stillwalkers' (ok, so it was our award...), who are well on their way towards completing their long awaited 2nd album. The Turku band, known for the warmth of their melodies and guitar sound, released 'Crystal Clear' a few months back, and have followed that up with a new song called 'Still Life'. This can only be described as 'epic
We have 2 Finnish indie introductions to bring you today, and we'll start with a trio who were formed back in 2017, but as these things can do it's taken a couple of years to release their first official single. 'Spring Teeth' are from Helsinki and they comprise 3 musicians, Hannu (Vocals / Guitar), Henri (Bass & Vocals) and Petri (Drums) and that debut single we refer to is called 'Land of Bones'. It was actually released back in July, and it's received some pretty cool cove
So what else have we missed? Well we've featured 'Baula' a couple of times, firstly in May 2016 when they released a delicious single entitled 'Don't Bother', and then a follow up song called 'Nova' which we really liked too. Anyway the good news is that there is now an entire EP of releases from the Swedish / Icelandic duo consisting of Ísak Ásgeirsson and Karolina Thunberg. It's entitled 'Drought', and its a great mix of indie rock and subtle electronica, with 'Thunberg'
We'll be taking a late May break in a few days time, so we'll wrap things before then up by trying to cover a few albums released in the last few months that we haven't yet had chance to cover in detail, with just a few succinct words on each. We'll start off on in Norway and a band we covered last year, 'Spielbergs', when they released their blistering single 'We Are All Going to Die'. So these guys are from Oslo, and they write high energy, guitar driven Indie Rock, which s