MARCH MUSIC ROUND-UP
Do you ever find yourself searching for new music without any success? Well, Mr. Wolf has set out to solve that problem once and for all. We have called on our friends at Nordic Vibrations to keep us, and you, up to date with the latest on the Scandinavian music scene, with the promise of a new instalment of good-listening monthly. This month, we have everything from the dance-pop of FM Belfast, to the somewhat unsettling vocals of Femme En Fourrure. Switch your ears on, and settle in for some musical delights.
FM Belfast – Singles Club
FM Belfast have been around for a while now, since 2005 to be precise, and have just got around to releasing all of their infectious singles on one album, handily titled Singles Club (released through Morr Music on 15th November 2013).
For the past 8 years these musically perma-happy Icelanders have been producing ear treats that you can't help but get your jaunty groove on to. Every song on this album is a danceable, electro-pop delight from beginning to end.
So go on, get yourself the album, throw a party and let the good times roll!
Highasakite – Iran
Norwegians Highasakite are gearing up for the release of much anticipated Long Player Silent Treatment (scheduled for 3rd March with Propeller Recordings). In the meantime, they have released the single Iran the latest cut from aforementioned LP.
Driving tribal drums permeate through the track, backed by lush flutes and complex wind instrumentation, all beautifully kept in check by Ingrid Helene Håvik's powerful vocals.
This track is an absolute peach and builds up frothy excitement for the forthcoming album release.
Femme En Fourrure – The Beach
Over in Finland the duo who make up Femme En Fourrure have been making quite the splash with their fresh take on the electro genre. The Beach is no exception to this rule. The first track on their début EP of the same name, The Beach was released through Finnish imprint Cocoa Music on the 10th January.
The dark undercurrent and urgent augmented vocals add a delightfully unnerving creepiness to the tune which, although scary, would surely have you dancing around whilst hiding in your wardrobe.
Femme En Fourrure make dark electro, just the way it should be.
School – Head Over Here
Head Over Here, the third single release on Luxury Records from Gothenburg based School, follows on from their previous two singles with its driving rhythm and bass, sparkling guitars and beautifully tender vocals. Just like their two previous singles, So Long and Clouds aside, Head Over Here finishes long before you hope and has you lunging for the repeat button.
If this thing we call life is all a film, and Head Over Here was the soundtrack, imagine a contemplative solo car journey, flashbacks of good times past and all round hope for the future.
Simian Ghost – Echoes of Song
Echoes of Song is the second single off Sandviken based Simian Ghost, soon to be released, third album. A reverb laced journey through sun soaked summer fields of contemplation. The bright guitars we have grown accustomed to from Simian Ghost move effortlessly between a dream-like wandering verse and a tightly structured rhythmical chorus, all coated in warm ethereal vocals throughout.
With spring on it's way in the Northern Hemisphere one couldn't hope for a dreamier song to welcome in the lengthening days.
Words: Ryan & Tim at Nordic Vibrations