Sol Heilo (Norway) – Round and Round (single)
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by David Bentley
18h ago
Even though Sol Heilo has appeared at least four times in Nordic Music Central it has never been with a new song even though we are two and a half years old. In fact the last time it was one of our ‘Down Memory Lane/From the Archives’ features with Sol singing her version of the happy rap song ‘Holde rundt deg’ at a festival in 2019. So she’s been off the radar for quite a while, mainly down to family rearing responsibilities as I understand it and while she’s been keeping herself busy with side projects like film scores and production I suspect some of her fans, many of them from the Katzenja ..read more
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Isolated Youth (Sweden) – Psykosoma (single/future debut album track)
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by David Bentley
2d ago
We don’t get too much in the way of ‘gothic post-punk’ and I didn’t even know what that meant until listening to ‘Psykosoma’, which is Stockholm-based Isolated Youth’s first song for four years as well as an album track on their forthcoming debut album ‘Miserere Mei’, named for Allegri’s interpretation of Psalm 51. I do now. Even the band’s name dragged me in. (The album was written during pandemic lockdowns and perhaps that is even what that name arose out of).  As soon as I saw it I envisaged some or other forlorn housing estate on the outskirts of Uppsala or Eskilstuna or Västerås wher ..read more
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Mansfield (Denmark) – Dreams of Desire (single/forthcoming album track)
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by David Bentley
3d ago
I’m always keen to support Nordic artists and bands that make the effort to come to the UK despite the difficulties they encounter these days with regulations, something that should have been sorted out long before now. London and Brussels – get on with it. And Denmark seems to be the primary supply chain although I was disappointed to learn that eee gee had cancelled a couple of UK dates here this month. One of the most frequent visitors is Copenhagen-based Mansfield who have made the journey several times since their formation in 2015, playing the likes of the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where ..read more
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Feature – Eurovision 2024 – The Nordic countries’ entries
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by David Bentley
6d ago
It’s a funny old thing, Eurovision. I remember when I first used to watch it, on a crackling, tinny-sounding fuzzy black and white TV set on which the singers and bands would perform in a small venue before a few hundred people and coverage of the vote would be interrupted frequently by a telephone line failure. “Hello, London calling, hello…are you there? Ja, heir ist Berlin, danke. Ve can only just hear you. Please copy. Hallo? Hallo?” Back in the day you were hearing the (mainly ‘Boom-banga-bang’ type) songs for the very first time and they were new and fresh. When ABBA bounced on stage to ..read more
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Marko Nyberg (Finland) – Eureka (sample track from the album Solveig)
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by David Bentley
1w ago
Yet another intriguing Finnish artist comes in the form of Marko Nyberg. He is the founder of the ambient pop band Husky Rescue, which has released four studio albums, toured the world and played major festivals from Glastonbury to Lollapalooza, as well as being featured on multiple TV adverts and dramas such as The Sopranos. He was also one of the composers of ‘Black Sabbath – The Ballet’ for the Birmingham Royal Ballet in the UK. I can’t quite imagine Ozzy Osbourne in tights, but there you go. This new solo project arose out of a “profoundly life changing experience of a near-death experien ..read more
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The Victim (Denmark) – Carry On (sample track from the EP When everything is over, Part 2)
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by David Bentley
1w ago
The Victim, aka Danish singer-songwriter Kenneth Nafling, has made one previous appearance in NMC, when he released his single ‘Ghost House’ in 2022, one that I described as “the liveliest piece of folk-rock you’re likely to hear all year” despite its melancholic subject matter of losing someone you loved, and dwelling on all the things you wish you had done differently when the opportunity was there. It was taken from the portentously-named EP ‘When everything is over, Part 1’ and now he has moved on to Part 2, which was released on April 5th. Reading the notes to the latest EP I braced myse ..read more
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Songs for the end of the day 4th April, from Hilding (Sweden), MaidaVale (Sweden) and Pasquale Ivan Dante Rinaldi Quartet (Denmark/Italy)
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by David Bentley
1w ago
Hilding (Sweden) – Waste (sample track from the album Love Songs for the End of Time) Hilding (Halding Karlsson) is a Swedish songwriter based in Berlin. His music, he says, is “a blend of modern pop and classic rock, filtered through a bedroom studio.” We featured him not so long ago with the single ‘Bone Dry’, which was an early single from his album ‘Love songs for the end of time’, which was released on 29th March and which dealt with being burnt out and looking back on your life. I selected the first track from the album, ‘Waste’ as the sampler because the vibe is altogether different a ..read more
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Forwardman (Finland) – Loose Ends (single/album track)
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by David Bentley
1w ago
‘Loose Ends’ is, at nine and a half minutes, the longest song that Forwardman (the band name of its leader Sakari Viittala) has ever written, which gives him a justifiable pride although he recognises with irony that, at that length, it was “destined to be a single.” It is the last track on his vinyl album, ‘Stranded Future Soho Fugitive’, which was released in February and which gets the digital treatment in May. Sakari is one of those generous types who send me their CDs and I’ve had the album in that format for a while. It gets played a lot in the car. For someone who has demonstrated a so ..read more
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Terje Gravdal (Norway) –   Welcome to the Rehab (single/sample track from EP The Hostage)
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by David Bentley
1w ago
Terje Gravdal likes his EPs. The last one came out only a couple of months ago and already the next one is here. He also likes telling stories. Indeed I’d go so far as to call him a master of that particular craft. ‘The Hostage’ is a collection of these stories, recounted in his inimitable fashion and ranging over the many ways in which any person can be ‘held hostage.’ They include being trapped by, tempted by or – worse – addicted to a whole range of things including narcotics; alcohol; ideology; religion; work (God forbid); family; family; relationships; conflicts and war. To which I might ..read more
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D. Henry and Sophia Nohr (Denmark) – Fire in the Hole (single)
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by David Bentley
1w ago
One of the hardest acts to follow in the music business is Beyoncé, who just happened to turn up here yesterday with her latest album, in the ‘Weekend Intermission’ section. I wouldn’t care to be the artist who followed her but to be fair to D. Henry and Sophia Nohr they’ve made a pretty good fist of it. D. Henry, the English pseudonym of Dan Østerby when he isn’t writing and singing in Danish has visited us before on a couple of occasions, in October of last year when he also duet-ed, with Maja Thora on that occasion, on a song, ‘Anything can happen’, which I described as “Quite delightful ..read more
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