A talent gone way too soon. Genuinely sad to hear the news.
I caught Swedish neo-soul superstar in the making, Albin Lee Meldau earlier this week in London’s Omeara. Incredible talent!
Let’s get this straight first – Eurovision (to those who aren’t familiar, this is a huge annual TV contest that Europe takes part in every May where one European country – or Australia – tries to win with a song) is notorious for showing off more cheese than edgy music. This year though, truth be told, there is a decent selection of some fun pop tracks…
Sweden – Dance You Off
- Good – This is probably as edgy as Eurovision gets this year. Also, it’s from the team at the hugely successful TEN music production company.
- Bad – Sweden do so well in this contest that the expectations are always so high for them.
Cyprus – Fuego
- Good – Catchy, sassy sound.
- Bad – Probably won’t translate well on a large arena stage.
Israel – TOY
- Good – Easy, fun pop.
- Bad – Chicken sounds?
Belgium – A Matter Of Time
- Good – Belgium is forging a reputation for performing well-produced, minimal pop to this contest.
- Bad – It’s probably too understated for a show that relies on big performances.
The show goes live on the 12th May from Lisbon. Here’s more.
Swedish electro pop.
LINES manage to bring out all that is best in Scandi pop right now. A bold beat, excellent electro and melodies that won’t leave your head for a while. Here’s a bit more about the Swedish outfit.
The short story is that we didn’t form at all, that we don’t exist. But the legend is we evolved out of nowhere like the big bang. Small energetic explosions of light that expanded through time and space. At first we couldn’t make any sense of it, later on we understood it was all part of a grand idea, the blueprints of a masterplan. When everything comes around we’re pretty small, aren’t we.Our sound is solid.
Yaeji, almost exclusively actually. She’s been on repeat in our headphones for the last months.
Our own release party at a sauna club here in Stockholm. Top notch party.
The CIA, our marketing campaigns would really benefit from their surveillance and we would also treat all the information more responsible than they would.
Left wing politics and the belief that culture is one of the basic needs for the survival of our spices. Although that might change in the future unfortunately.
More music coming! We release a single with Dolores Haze pretty soon and we have an EP in the making that will release this summer. That and playing live!
Punchy Scandi pop.
Soft Swedish pop.