Friday, June 22, 2018
Sweden's Red Sleeping Beauty took a long hiatus between the '90s and their 2016 release Kristina, but they are back to address unfinished business. And to our ears, that business appears to be proving that they are one of the world's top synth pop acts. The proof will come with the band's fourth album, which still is in production, but we get a tease of what is to come with today's Always On Your Side EP. The title track, which will be on the upcoming album, already is one of my favorite songs of the year. The following "Falling Out Of Love" is from a demo by Niklas Angergard's other project, Acid House Kings. "Just For Fun" is a cover of a top Alpaca Sports' song. The closer is "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight", an unabashed love song. This is synth pop the way it should be -- playful (dig the intro to "Falling Out Of Love" and the low tones punctuating the chorus on "Just For Fun"), sunny, uplifting and pristine in tone. Yes, Always On Your Side is a Nordic gem of the highest order.
Red Sleeping Beauty are Niklas Angergard, Mikael Matsson, and Kristina Borg. The EP is out today on all digital platforms, and a CD is available via Sunday Records.
Soundcloud for EP
Order page for CD (Sunday Records)
Spotify for EP
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Thematically, Flasher doesn't believe in shading the truth or sugar-coating disappointment. The songs feature dispassionate and clear-eyed observations of personal and public life, and in picking their scabs, you may feel your own pain. But for all that, we found listening to this album to be a welcome visceral experience. Yeah, politics sucks, life is full of disappointments and settling for less, and we've never felt so alive for listening to it.
Flasher are Taylor Mulitz (guitar), Daniel Saperstein (bass), and Emma Baker (drums), all of whom sing on the album. Constant Image is out now via Domino.
Bandcamp for Constant Image
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
New Silver Girl are Olli Happonen (vocals/guitar), Samuli Sulku (guitar), Ilmo Cantell (bass), and Niilo Suihko (drums).
Bandcamp for "Phantom Ride"
Other links for download and streaming
Hope Downs is out now via Sub Pop Records.
Bandcamp for Hope Downs
Sub Pop Records
Monday, June 18, 2018
Sunday, June 17, 2018