De Lyckliga Kompisarna
I could have made it easy and picked one of the few Swedish punk rock bands you’ve might have heard, or some that still sets the bar pretty high. Or at least something with lyrics in English. But no. I choose this. Mart’s usage of words and force rhymes are amazing and damnit, this album is damn good. Not quite as gimmicky as their most celebrated Le Som En Fotomodell, Sagoland has more fury and introspective moments. I still like it a lot.
Songs that maybe won't be forgotten
David Sandström Overdrive
Rules dictate that I should post this one since it’s the song that gave name to this. However, I didn’t want it to be the first song because that would have been predictable and lazy. Third though, that works.
There is a stream of consciousness at work in the song, the way it jumps from topics and places but somehow it works. It reflects the restlessness that’s there in David Sandström. (Track down his first album released with his own name after the disbandment of Refused: Om det inte händer nåt innan imorgon så kommer jag. Sure, it might be in Swedish which, I admit, is a bit tricky to understand but it’s definitively worth it.)
Drift From The Tracks
So far, Ideas For To Travel Down Death’s Merry Road is one of the best albums of the year. It has both infectious fun and sadness — the song For the Love Of is about Christian’s younger brother who passed on last year. This however is the opening track and it’s just as if the band hadn’t been on a hiatus since 2001. That scratch on the guitar in the beginning and the way it builds up to the intersection where the vocals cut in? Made me smile like a daft goon.
It’s this kind of music that make me proud to be Swedish.
(Originally posted on awkward break)