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Scan Magazine | Culture & Music | Scandinavian Music

Scandinavian Music

Despite being released a couple of months back, Albin’s Din Soldat is only just now starting to become an addiction of the Swedes – so much so, in fact, that more than any other release at the moment, it is in the running to become “årets sommarplåga”, the big, inescapable summer hit of the year. We like this one as it is a rousing bundle of energy, and an infec-

tious one at that. Eclectic pop crossed with dance and with an urban edge – and all peppered with a piano riff, a great big brass accompaniment, and hand claps aplenty. Albin raps, and Kristin Amparo sings, and yes – there is a hell of a lot going on here. But what could have turned into a hot mess instead becomes a really joyous piece of what pop sounds like in 2014. Summer 2014, to be specific. After her debut solo single, Prototypical, became a massive hit both in the Danish charts and across the international blogosphere, Alphabeat’s Stine Bramsen is back with her new one – suitably titled Move Forward. While her previous hit flirted with retro pop stylings, this new track continues those flirtations and points them in the direction of two sonic suitors. On the one hand, you have flavours of 90s dance music, and on the other, you have the oh holy sounds of clap-happy gospel. And it works a treat put together. It is a hugely radio-friendly number that is uplifting and feel-good, sounding perfect for the summer.

By Karl Batterbee

The rapscallion rogues of Scandinavian pop music, Studio Killers, have returned with the first new single since their selftitled debut album last year, and of course it was always bound to be a big one. Well guess what. It is a big one, called Grand Finale. They have ramped the tempo up for their comeback, and turned in a total banger as their triumphant return. A repetitive yet catchy piano house riff anchors a track on which the band’s inimitable vocalist really gets the chance to let rip, even more so than before – a series of translucent wails and snarls that captures the listener in a way that no other pop outfit would dare try. THAT is Studio Killers. And THIS is their massive riot. Finally, Tove Styrke is back, this time with new single Even If I'm Loud It Doesn't Mean I'm Talking To You. It takes a few listens. QUITE a few, actually. But persevere. It is worth it. www.scandipop.co.uk scandipop@googlemail.com

Scandinavian Culture Calendar – Where to go, what to see? It’s all happening here! Agnes Obel (12 July) Danish singer-songwriter Agnes Obel will play the piano-led songs from her second album, Aventine. Somerset House, London, WC2R. www.agnesobel.com Sofie Grevelius – Filiation (Until 19 July) Swedish artist Sofie Grevelius translates moments in the urban landscape that surprise and play with our attention. Through photography, print and sculpture, she builds a roaming barometer of what she calls ‘wonk’ situations: conditions/circumstances that do not sit still and that unsettle the organised structures that surround us. Wed-Sat 12noon-6pm. Tintype, London, N1. www.tintypegallery.com

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Little Dragon (20 July) Swedish electro-pop band Little Dragon will be playing songs from their new album, Nabuma Rubberband, at Somerset House, London, WC2R. little-dragon.net Reason & Intuition: Alvar Aalto & Ola Kolehmainen in Soane (Until 24 Aug) This exhibition brings together the works of Finnish modernist architect and designer Alvar Aalto and contemporary artist Ola Kolehmainen. Tue-Fri & Sun 1pm5pm, Sat 11am-5pm. PM Gallery & House, London, W5. www.ealing.gov.uk/info/200893/ pm_gallery_and_house

By Sara Schedin

Tove Jansson: Tales from the Nordic Archipelago (15 July - 24 Aug) To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Finnish author and artist Tove Jansson, this display in the Fox Reading Room presents original unseen photographs and material relating to her life and work, illustrated books and early first editions. In addition, copies of her illustrations for the London Evening News will be displayed. Tue-Sun 11am-6pm, Thu 11am-9pm. ICA, London, SW1Y. www.ica.org.uk

Profile for Scan Group

Scan Magazine | Issue 66 | July 2014  

Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with Lars Mikkelsen.

Scan Magazine | Issue 66 | July 2014  

Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with Lars Mikkelsen.