Tobias Borelius: Varför får jag en känsla av att allt som händer, händer när jag inte är där?

tobias borelius swedenOkay, so I love the Swedish group Emerald Park and listen to their music on 23 Seconds often. I play it while I am working. I play it at school. I even worked it into an annual presentation that I do here…twice!

So imagine how cool it was to find out that their lead singer Tobias Borerelius has solo album out now, too. He sings in Swedish (which is cool, of course) and produces his own sound while still reminding me of why I like Emerald Park so much to begin with. This one translates as “Why do I get the feeling that everything that happens, happens when I’m not there?” and is a lot of fun.

Henrik José: Pinpointing the Problem

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Danish Daycare: A Purpose To My Sins

If you love the 80s like I do then you are going to love Danish Daycare!

Released recently on the 23 Seconds netlabel, the album A Story of Hurt is a terrific homage to the dark side of the 80s. Part Psychedelic Furs, part Cure, the shoegazer sound of Daniel Jönsson is a real treat for those who are sick of dance/pop. Driving guitars and dark drums underlay smooth and smoky vocals that bring to mind the darker side of REM or perhaps Sisters of Mercy.

The entire album is terrific and the song A Purpose To My Sins typifies the sound of the entire album. A must-download album for blustery Spring days in the Netherlands!

Emerald Park: At the Mall

A great pop song from Emerald Park‘s 2008 album For Tomorrow.

This album has recently been (re-)released on the 23 Seconds netlabel and is definitely worth a listen…and download. Thanks for sharing, folks!

Ixtlan: Put Them In

Ixtlan is one of the most bizarre bands I have seen in quite a while. They are, according to their own website and also their 23 Seconds profile, a Swedish duo consisting of Bo Green and Kent Holm. Large amounts of their profile is apparently fiction…but fun to read. Their music is cosmic and weird but lots of fun, too. Put Them In is quite listenable and safe for work, but listen to their other songs at your own risk! 😉

If There Is Something: Still Dancing

More fun from Sweden’s If There Is Something on the 23 Seconds netlabel. This one is great for thrashing around with the ol’ iPod on or biking furiously towards the North Sea. The keyboards are my fav thing in this song and I really wish someone at ccMixter would make a megamix out of these tracks, too.

If There Is Something: The Joy Of

Hard driving fun from this Swedish group’s debut album Put your jacket on on the 23 Seconds netlabel. Not much more to say but my usual “Enjoy” remark…and look for more from If There Is Something in future podcasts!

Azeda Booth: Samoan Girls

More great music from 23 Seconds. This is Azeda Booth, a Calgary-based quintet that creates shoegazer style music that is quirky but relaxing. The droning and tripping of the instruments combines with the quiet mumbling of the vocals to create a soothing mix of murky delight.

C behind 12: Brain pain

Wow, 80s shoegazer pop from the 23 Seconds netlabel. The music is by C behind 12 out of Gothenburg, Sweden. There is almost no info about this music on the 23 Seconds site, just a couple of odd pics and the following description: “Mangoo and his electric machines.” Not sure what it all means, but the song is terrific.

Rudebot: San Francisco

From the 23 Seconds Netlabel website for Rudebot: “Electronic music maker from Gothenburg, born in Kumla some time in the 70`s. Builds up his sound with strong melodies and a hypnotic, happy groove that most electronic music makers only could dream of copying. Turns any dull day into a big smile. E-pop at it´s best! Check out his tunes ‘San Fransisco’ and ‘Hello Floppy’ on the 23 Seconds compilations Awake and Gothenburg, dance and beg for more!”