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Luke’s Scandinavian Pop Sampler Volume 8! (August 2007)

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

Click here to download a zipped file containing all 23 mp3 files and the front and back cover artwork.

1. Costar: Good Morning Sunshine (Exit, 2007)
Costar’s debut album was an undiscovered gem a few years back. Their follow-up “Exit” is a fantastic album of deceptively simple, beautifully-conceived powerpop/rock. In my little world, this track is the feel-good hit of the Summer.

2. Moi Caprice: The Town And The City (The Art Of Kissing Properly, 2006)
Moi Caprice are one of our best-selling artists at Popsicle and their third album capitalizes on the artistic experimentations of the first two. Sure, they’re an acquired taste but once you get a taste for them, they’re hard to live without.

3. Montt Mardié: Set Sail Tomorrow (Clocks/Pretender, 2007)
Montt Mardié’s latest release is a phenomenal double album of chamber pop, the second disc featuring a slew of special guests like Jens Lekman, Andreas Mattsson (Popsicle), Hello Saferide and more. Hey, doesn’t the start of this intro remind you Giorgio Moroder’s theme song to Electric Dreams?

4. Billie The Vision & The Dancers: I Saw You On TV (Where The Ocean Meets My Hand, 2007)
Pablo is back! BTV’s third album is a sublime slice of janglepop sunshine. There’s a good reason these guys are our best-selling band…their music just makes you feel so good!.

5. Andreas Mattsson: It’s Easier To Handle All Your Friends (The Lawlessness of the Ruling Classes, 2006)
The former Popsicle frontman has taken things down a gear since his “Sweet Chariots” album of a few years back. Here he presents a mellower side not dissimilar to the mellower side of the last two Popsicle albums. His masterful songwriter and beautiful voice always take centre stage.

6. Dylan Mondegreen: Girl In Grass (While I Walk You Home, 2007)
One of our most anticipated new releases in years (and from an unknown artist as well!), this guy found us on myspace a year or so ago, and we instantly fell in love with the feelgood Summer vibe of this early work-in-progress version of the debut single from the album.

7. Ronderlin: Wake Up (The Great Investigation, 2007)
We were a little worried about this one. After all, Ronderlin’s 2003 debut was a total masterpiece, but this follow-up doesn’t disappoint, with a mix of tracks that capture their sound and great melodies, but clearly strike into some new territory both vocally and musically.

8. Suburban Kids With Biblical Names: Parakit (#3, 2005)
This is taken from the long playing debut from this unique Swedish duo and includes their previous two brilliant singles along with 10 entirely new tracks. Quirky like only the Swedes can be, this album evokes Swedish classics Eggstone and more recent influences like Isolation Years.

9. Tiger Baby: At Least I’m Honest (Noise Around Me, 2006)
Let’s get a bit more electronic with this excellent group from Copenhagen. While it beats, throbs and pulses, a pop vein is still there and the sultry vocals of Pernille Pang are as sweet.

10. The Lovekevins: Eurovision (Vs. The Snow, 2007)
Melding live instruments with beats and found sounds, this long awaited debut album is one of the most musical and infectious albums we’ve heard in years. Add to that the great packaging and glossy full color lyric booklet and it’s one of this years treasures.

11. Dorian Gray: This Boy That Girl (Hazel Grove 07:46, 2005)
Dorian Gray are old favourites here at Popsicle with their infectious blend of guitar-driven melodic pop combined with glam influences. This second album is not a huge departure from their superb debut, well…if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it!.

12. The Radio Dept: The Worst Taste In Music (Pet Grief, 2006)
This brilliant album sheds a lot of the fuzz and reverb from 2003’s “Lesser Matters”, but none of the heartbreaking melodies and earnest, impassioned music. The band’s sound benefits from the change, making this their most accessible work.

13. Steric: Make Believe (No Way Back, 2007)
Steric’s debut album delivers eleven pop songs inspired by the likes of Prefab Sprout and the Style Council, sung and played with a smooth lead vocal, crispy guitars and ingenious horn arrangements, not un-like a Danish Burt Bacharach – simple, elegant and stylish.

14. Helena Josefsson: Never Never (My Dynamo) (Dynamo, 2007)
Helena rose to prominence as the brains behind the two excellent Sandy Mouche albums (and as Per Gessle’s prominent backing singer), and her debut long-player sees her treading a path with a sound that falls somewhere between Kate Bush and Bjork, if a little more accessible than both those artists.

15. Mocca: You Don’t Even Know Me (Colours, 2007)
As regular listeners know, I always feature one non-Scandinavian band on the sampler, and Indonesia’s Mocca have proved to one of our best-selling acts with their jazz-tinged tweepop Summer sounds.

16. Pelle Carlberg: I Love You, You Imbecile (In A Nutshell, 2007)
The former Edson frontman’s second solo album is a sheer delight, full of his unique irony and song-craft, it is possibly his most “pop” oriented work and a great Summer album.

17. Daniel Saturn: It’s Running Through My Fingers (Lakehill Soccer Association, 2006)
One of our favourite artists here at Popsicle, Daniel kept us waiting a long time for this third album and it’s a gem from start to finish, with superb piano-based songwriting and Daniel’s magical Beatlesesque harmonies.

18. Acid House Kings (feat. Magnus Carlsson): Will You Love Me In The Morning? (Everyone Sings Along With Acid House Kings, 2006)
We have a bunch of AHK EPs in stock, but this one is a real treat. The band invited a few of their favourite arists like Magnus Carlson, Lasse Lindh and Montt Mardié to record “karaoke cover versions” of songs from their last album.

19. Popium: Anchor Down (The Miniature Mile, 2006)
This is the fourth album from Norway’s Popium featuring former Pogo Pops leader Frank Hammersland, and it’s a brilliant collection of light and breezy pop songs that could just be the best work the group have ever done.

20. Punky’s Dilemma: Shooting Stars (Echelon, 2006)
This represents the first proper release from the brilliant Malmo trio. Previously we only had teaser clips on the Sound Of Young Sweden samplers, now they’re given us a proper 5 track EP to cherish. It’s so good, it made Spinguy heady.

21. Ferns: Disaster Strikes Again (On Botany, 2007)
OK, I lied, there are TWO non-Scandinavian acts on this sampler. We can’t help it…Fruit Records who brought us the Mocca albums have some great stuff, and Ferns have that dreamy tweepop sound that almost always only ever comes out of Sweden, and in this case…Malaysia.

22. Favorita: Well, It’s Only Pain (Favorita, 2007)
Favorita’s long lost album finally gets an official release this year, courtesy of yours truly. I’m releasing it because I still believe it’s one of the finest powerpop/rock albums of the last 20 years and it deserves to be heard. So buy it. Please. Pretty please.

23. Vapnet: Färjemansleden (Jag Vet Hur Man Väntar, 2006)
Another sampler tradition is to include a band that sings in Swedish. This album (“I Know How To Wait”) is so engaging and poptastic it crosses all boundaries regardless of language.

Luke’s Scandinavian Pop Sampler Volume 5! (December 2003)

Monday, December 1st, 2003

Click here to download a zipped file containing all 22 mp3 files and the front and back cover artwork.

1. Metro Jets: The Morning Show (single, 2004)
Metro Jets is the perfect pop fix for those of you who are waiting patiently for a new Beagle album. Magnus from Beagle and David from Brainpool bring you this slice of power pop perfection which is actually the theme song for Sweden’s new hit TV sitcom Hipp Hipp…did  someone mention The Rembrandts?…

2. Ola Framby: My Turn (EP, 2002)
Ola Framby was the songwriting force behind and frontman of The Girls in the early 90’s whose masterpiece “It’s Not For The Oskon” album has become a sought-after rarity among powerpop collectors. On this one-man-band solo project he flexes his considerable songwriting muscles with a set of innovative and unpredictable tunes which will  draw you back again and again.

3. Vibeke Saugestad: Velvet Revolution (Overdrive, 2003)
This Norwegian singer’s latest album “Overdrive” is a powerhouse of catchy powerpop numbers, co-written and co-produced by Beagle’s Magnus Borjeson and Brainpool’s David Birde who also play bass and guitar on the album. Also co-produced by the great Christoffer Lundqvist, it’s absolutely essential listening.

4. Johan Bergqvist: Shine (Boy Extracting Thorn, 2002)
This just came across my desk recently and blew me away. A young Swede with a knack for catchy writing that brings to mind influences such as Elliott Smith, Popsicle, and Shawn Smith. Bergvist even contributes two tunes to an upcoming Shawn Smith tribute album. Don’t know who Shawn Smith is? We need to talk!

5. Freewheel: Queen (Varandra, 2000)
It only took me three years to track down this Japanese follow-up to “Starfriend”. In all honesty it’s not as good as its predecessor, but it has a few standout tracks including this one.

6. The Mopeds: She Went Boom (Celebrate The Herring, 1998)
Possibly the Mopeds’ finest song, this was a single in Sweden and has never appeared on an album. It does show up on this excellent Japan-only Celebrate The Herring EP from 1998 though.

7. Sweet Chariots: All I Want Is What I Had (Beat Based, Song Centered, Spirit Led, 2000)
This album picks up where Popsicle left off with their 1997 release “Stand Up And Testify”. Main Popsicle dude Andreas Mattsson hooked up with longtime Popsicle producer and Atomic Swing dude Niclas Frisk to put together this very Popsicle-esque CD a couple of years back…great stuff!

8. Andreas Johnson: Glorious (Liebling, 1999)
This album was produced by Peter Kvint of Melony. It’s the kind of music  you think you’ve heard on the radio before. Lush production and lots of catchy hooks. This track was a hit in Europe.

9. Popundret: That What Makes Me Love You (Montmartre 15 40, 1996)
I got this track on a sampler a while back and it took me ages to track the album down. I don’t normally go in for a lot of Smiths-inspired jangly guitar stuff but this Skellefteå band have their pop hooks down.

10. Komeda: Nonsense (Kokomemedada, 2003)
How a new Komeda album could almost slip right past my radar is a mystery, but I just picked this one up and it’s great. Only released in Europe, this album picks up where 1998’s “What Makes It Go” left off, albeit with a more laid back and dreamy approach.

11. Rubbertribe: Above The Sun (Wound On My Neck For You, 2001)
Someone sent me CD single of the track “Daylight” from this obscure CD back in 2001. Two years later I finally have the CD in my hands and it doesn’t disappoint. There are some powerpop moments on this album, but they also have a touch of the Radioheads, in a good way, like The Motorhomes. Recommended.

12. Ray Wonder: We Got To Be Good To Each Other (A New Kind Of Love,  2000)
This should have gone on one of the previous samplers, but there was never room for it. Ray Wonder are half way between Komeda (the band that spawned them) and The Cardigans. Indeed, Nina Persson turns in a sublime guest vocal on album closer “Lid”, and Baxter’s Nina Ramsby guests on this cut.

13. Ola Framby: Coming Home (Ola Framby, 2003)
Here’s another slice of offbeat brilliance from Mr. Framby.

14. The Venue: What’s In His Head? (Mmhm!, 2002)
If ever a band were living in the 60’s, it’s beat revivalists The Venue. This album is chock full of great numbers. Roll on 1966…

15. The Motorhomes: It’s Alright (Songs For Me And My Baby, 1999)
It wasn’t until I’d OD’d on The Motorhomes more recent “Long Distance Runner” album that I even knew they’d done an earlier album. What? Another superbly produced CD of killer songs? Every bit as good as it’s follow-up…killer!

16. Vibeke Saugestad: Not On Your Life (Into The Shimmering, 2001)
While her more recent “Overdrive” is the one to get, Vibeke’s major label debut from 2001 has some great cuts on it as well.

17. The Isolation Years: It’s Golden (It’s Golden, 2003)
This little-know band from northern Sweden released this impressive debut earlier this year. It’s a tasty little psych-pop affair, and this track features the most superb theft of a Beatles lyric I’ve heard in years!

18. Ronderlin: Reflected (Wave Another Day Goodbye, 2002)
Another album I’ve played to bits over the last few months, this guitar pop affair is very reminiscent of The Leslies and Happydeadmen. Full of great pop hooks.

19. Starlet: When Sun Falls On My Feet (When Sun Falls On My Feet, 2002)
Here’s some slightly darker stuff from this band’s third album, released last year. There are some jangly guitars reminiscent of earlier R.E.M. and some nice horn arrangements. Not to be played before 2am.

20. Edson: Every Day (One Last Song About You Know What, 2003)
Another great EP from the always great Edson. I actually wanted to put the title track on here but it wouldn’t fit!

21. Doris Days: To Ulrike M. (Live In Poland, 1996)
Anyone who got into Lloyd Parker from the last sampler will want to check this out. I worked my way backwards from Lloyd Parker and found that Markus Gylling was formerly in Doris Days who released this little-known  album in 1996. It’s another slice of dark trip-pop with another great  female vocalist, Lisa Carlioth, who sounds quite a lot like Pineforest Crunch’s Asa Eklund. Great stuff. Incidentally, recorded in a studio in Sweden, and not live in Poland.

22. Magnet: The Day We Left Town (On Your Side, 2003)
Even Johanson returns with another sublime offering from earlier this year. This guy’s making waves all across Europe, but fairly predictably, nothing over here. His imagination is vast. This album is like nothing I’ve heard before. I must admit I personally prefer his previous “Quiet and Still” album which had a simpler production, but this album is immense.