Obscene amount of good stuff isn’t there… Loreen, Robyn,The Field, Mans Zelmerlow, The Hives, Lykke Li, Little Dragon, that’s just off the top of my head.
Stina Nordenstam wrote probably my favourite album ever so that’s an easy number one. ABBA are too good. The Knife & Fever Ray are wonderful and got me into so much good music. The Cardigans are underrated imo, some cracking albums, and I grew up on Gran Turismo.
Millencolin’s Pennybridge Pioneers might be my favorite pop-punk album ever. So melodic, so much intensity in both the instruments and vocals, and a real sense of sadness / impending change and loss running through it.
I’m brand new to The Radio Dept., but Lesser Matters has been great so far. Strange Things Will Happen and Ewan are perfect songs. Really excited to try the next one soon.
Still need to listen to The Field, but I came across his Lars Blek project in the ambient thread and it’s been one of my favorite discoveries of the year. It feels like fading in and out of different dreams.
I literally had no idea that the Cherry siblings were Swedish. For some reason I thought they were from the same kind of Bristol scene that spawned Massive Attack, Portishead et al. No idea why I though this.
1 The Field
2 Fever Ray
3 The Knife
4 Neneh Cherry
5 The Hives
The first three are pretty much equal really - order could be different on any given morning. Big gap between 3 and 4 and an insurmountable gap between 4 and 5. This thread has taught me that I need to investigate more acts from Sweden.
Their mother is Swedish, their stepfather was the American jazz musician Don Cherry. They grew up in Sweden but Neneh came to England in her teens and was involved in the London punk scene (she was in Rip Rig and Panic when she was 17)