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Scan Magazine | Culture | Scandinavian Music
Scandinavian Music Norwegian balladeer Marion Raven has turned things on their head with her new single Kicks In. On it, we get to hear Marion unleashing her inner Scandinavian electro siren, but with a fun edge to it – almost glam rock. It’s not what you were expecting to hear from a Marion Raven single, but it sounds all the more awesome for it. It’s the second track to be taken from her new Scandal album, following the much more Marion-sounding ballad (and also awesome) Better Than This. Another artist offering up something different is one of Sweden’s biggest pop stars, Darin. Ta Mig Tillbaka marks the beginning of a brand new era for Darin. It’s the first time he’s released an original song in Swedish, and it’s the first big rein-
vention of his ten-year career. The song is an atmospheric folk ballad and sets him aside, sonically, as a one man First Aid Kit. And though he’s always been successful in Sweden with his English language dance, pop and R&B, this new direction might well see him go stratospheric over there. It’s already becoming a hit in neighbouring Norway too. Fans of Swedish rock outfit The Ark will be pleased to hear former frontman Ola Salo’s new solo output. His new single How I Kill sounds precisely like what made The Ark so big a decade ago. That’s not to say he’s trading on former glories – it just sounds like he’s doing the style of music that he loves the most, and therefore sounds the most comfortable doing. It’s got a nostalgic quality to it, and there is a lot of charm to be found within the backing vocals – a cross between gospel music, and well, The Ark. Eurovision winner Loreen has just released her first new single in almost two
By Karl Batterbee
years. She returned with Paper Light (Higher) – a cool and contemporary dance track that is based around a piano house riff and elevated by Loreen’s inimitable vocals. Drawing comparisons to Keisza, it’s a song good enough to make Europe fall in love with her all over again. Finally – don’t pretend you’re not partial to a bit of Ace of Base. They’ve just released a ‘new’ album, Hidden Gems, on which they have collected together a whole load of rare and unreleased tracks from their twenty-year long career. And while it may well be an album of what are essentially re-mastered and polished-up album rejects from yesteryear – it’s a damn sight better than a lot of the pop albums that have so far been released in 2015. www.scandipop.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org
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