Now I’m guessing most of you do not need me telling you this and have already heard about Håkan Hellström’s new album coming out as early as this April, more precisely April 7th.
For those of you who have managed to miss this marvel of a fact; he is. It will carry the name “Det kommer aldrig va’ över för mig” (literal Eng tr.: It will never be over for me.) Good, I say.
The release was met by applause by many, the usual “he sucks, he can’t sing”-comments from a few, and widespread confusion about the picture accompanying the press release showing two kids - as in children, say around 9 years old - kissing with a little (scratch that; a lot..) of tongue.
The somewhat disturbing picture was soon forgotten in Håkan-fancamp though, and I suspect many are already dreaming of the summer gigs around Scandinavia which will hopefully follow this release.
I know I am.
Shall we all take a moment and listen to the greatness that is Aprilhimlen, yes?
Jag tänker alltid på dig i april.
This fall, Mando Diao will be releasing a new album. This by itself is a valid source of excitement, but what makes it even more interesting is that this full-length will be in Swedish.
They’ve released their first single now, and it’s available on Spotify (check out the player below). Honestly, I’m not sure what to think. They’re a rockband, but this is as much folk as it gets. Or rather, if I could use Swedish, I’d say vispop. It seems different people hear different things in this though. My stepfather thought this was Tomas Ledin (yeah, I was gasping for air as well.)
It doesn’t sound like Tomas Ledin. But not as Mando Diao either. It’s cute, it’s pretty, it’s dreamy and fairytale-like. It’s very much a new side to this band that we are seeing. But what’s to say that’s a negative thing. It’s fun seeing them doing something new. Although I’m yearning for new indie rock dance floor tunes. Maybe next time?
PS. ‘Strövtåg i hembygden’ is not as good as ‘En sångarsaga’, so don’t give up after the first track.