Welcome to Nordic Music Scene, which is dedicated to reviews and news of artists from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and their associated territories, focusing on indie artists and labels.
This month, when all five Nordic countries are represented, a rare new album from Iceland’s synth-popmasters, some ‘belting’ symphonic metal, a shy Swedish artist who’s conjured up a 30-minute concept piece on her debut album, a body-image lament from a brave young campaigner, and a fabulous vocal performance and video from Finland. There are links to several live reviews of shows and a festival, and a ‘Top 20 albums since 2010’ feature with 11 Nordic artists/bands in it.
We had 70 submissions for inclusion this month, the most ever, so apologies to those artists we couldn’t find space for.
In this edition: The Dark Element, Resmiranda, SoLBLoMMa, Sykur, Of Monsters and Men, Pablo Matisse, Aurora, Sløtface, Tuvaband, Selkama, Iceland Airwaves, Sofia Härdig, Subshine, GLOWIE, Detalji, I SEE RIVERS, Jaguar Moon, STINAKO, Nύmer Nύll, When ‘Airy met Fairy, Fay Wildhagen, Ellen Krauss, The Beautiful Swedes.
I’ll be honest, I was dreading reviewing a ‘hardcore/punk’ version of Death Cab for Cutie’s seminal “we’re all going to die” track. Death Cab’s version has brought comfort to countless people facing up to losing a lover, relative or friend but what could a punk version add and what was it likely to take away?
The answer is nothing in both cases. While it isn’t an improvement it doesn’t do the original any disservice either. In fact it might be argued that it removes an ever-so-slight cloying aspect to the original and I imagine some might choose what is more of a tub-thumping statement of life, which comes in with both barrels blazing and ends up much the same, over Death Cab’s for their funeral song.