New Frida!

I discovered Swedish songstress Frida Hyvonen thanks to the Festive ‘Spill in 2009, and have been just-this-side-of-a-restraining-order obsessed since. She’s finally back after a long hiatus with an unlikely 80s-disco sound (wait! come back!). This is disco where hunters are shooting at bears in the forest in the dark depths of a Scandinavian winter. It’s really rather wonderful. Probably not to all tastes, but I defy you not to be singing along by the end.

The new album was out in Scandinavia last week, but doesn’t seem to have a UK release date yet, even digitally. Grrr. So I’ll just post one old song instead:

Ikea, Volvo, Steig Larsson, etc.

I’m off on holiday tomorrow – catching a ferry from Harwich to Esbjerg in Denmark, then driving up to a cabin on a lake about an hour east of Gothenburg. So just wanted to say goodbye, and I’ll be back here in a couple of weeks. Unless our cabin has broadband, in which case I’ll see you in a few days.

I thought I’d leave you with some more Swedish music, much of it courtesy of the wonderful Labrador Records – “Sweden’s and the world’s finest purveryor of pop music”. (You can download a huge number of free mp3s here – thanks to Shane for the introduction).

Nothing to do with Shoes!

Apart from that York band you’re probably fed up with hearing about, this Swedish lot are the band who have changed my life the most in the past decade.

Songs like this are why. Jonana and I have got into arguments with Michael Hann over exactly why The Guardian never reviewed the album from which this song came….