Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Swedes In Season

It's Swedish indie-pop a gogo on the interwebby right now. What are they putting in the water over there and can we please have some too? Only this week thanks to Colin I have made friends with the delightful Club 8, and a nice little Scandinavian playlist has been building on my compuder for quite some time now (hello Hello Saferide in particular).

I first heard this chap's 'A Sweet Summer's Night On Hammer Hill' the year before last and had the urge to press it on everyone I knew for a number of months thereafter.

This one has another great title, sparkly strings and more than a little Edwyn about it, all of which are Very Good Things in my book.

Jens Lekman - 'The Opposite Of Hallelujah' (2007)

I'm really paddling in the shallow waters of this music, nervily unsure as to where to take the plunge, so helpful advice from some of you more experienced swimmers out there would be eminently groovy.

[Jens' website here]


  1. that nice brogues chap got me club 8ing a while ago - they're right nice aren't they.
    sweden must be full of very sweet sensitive young souls

  2. Now this put a BIG smile on my face. I like that although his english is perfect no english person would use these words in quite the same way. Does that make sense?

    Also, it reminds me of something but I can’t remember what. Could be Care but I’m not sure. If it comes to me I’ll post it.

  3. Club 8 - 'right nice'; Scandinavian English - superb.

    I could not agree more.

  4. That's one clever little voting thingummy there, Dave. I wanted to vote again (and again)... Darn!


  5. So convinced, am I, of the power of Swedish Pop that I'm currently trying to negotiate a Visiting Fellowship at the University of Tweedom (just outside Malmo). I do hope it comes off.

  6. I thionk The Opposite Of Hallelujah may be my favourite Jens Lekman song. Along with the rest of them! I have yet to meet a Jens song I don't love.


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