Making a comeback in the same week as another Swedish Eurovision representative Loreen, who won it, when you’re notably the only ever Swedish entrant not to make it to the final is a bold move. But one listen to the song and it’s clear that this whole comeback is bold. There’s none of the wispy acoustic guitar stuff that Anna showed us in 2010 in Oslo (although we rather liked it). This is a powerful, electronic feminist anthem that gets us slightly giddy with inspiration. The lyrics pull no punches: “Can we talk about it? The fact that I’m a pain when I question the norm. The fact that your paycheque is always bigger than mine. The fact that I’m a slut when I’m taking you home and a prude when I don’t. How you hate it when I’m taking care of business.” It’s matched with urgent beats and flurries which only get more urgent as each new layer comes in. This is a real attention-grabbing, brilliant song that would sit perfectly on Jenny Wilson’s recent highly political Demand the Impossible album, and, we have to say, out of the two Swedish Eurovision comebacks this week, we know which one we vastly prefer.
We haven’t long stopped swooning over How Does It Feel?, but we’re still more than ready for a new single from Julia Vero, and it’s good news if you like perfectly crafted pop songs. If How Does It Feel? was the immediate, reflective aftermath of a relationship, this is the part where you move on and go out and get drunk and get up to all kinds of mischief. It’s on the rockier edge of electronic pop with a guitar riff and drug-referencing lyrics that, if you squint a bit, is like the punk pop cousin of an old Queens of the Stone Age song. It’s premiered over on Musikguiden i P3 so point your browsers this way.
One of the amazing things about the Swedish music scene is the endless creative collaborations that go on. All the artists are constantly working with each other and inspiring each other and basically just making great music together. The latest in a long line of awesome collaborations is this between Saturday, Monday (aka Ludvig Parment and one half of Breakup), Newtimers and one of our favourites, Ji Nilsson. It’s the title track from his EP out March 23 and is a perfect late-night groover, with a sluggish piano and vaguely militaristic drums, with Ji Nilsson adding her own recognisable touch of heartbreak to the proceedings. Ludvig described the EP in a bit more detail on The Line of Best Fit:
“Nao, John Wizards, TĀLĀ, Darkside, Joe, Wilfred Giroux and Joy Orbison are a few people that I listened to quite a bit… ‘Late’ is my attempt to make an emotional dancehall track, while ‘Don’t Say It’ is about trying to keep a positive attitude in a hostile environment. With ‘Marble Coast’, an early version of the beat started out as the outro of the Children of the Snow tape as a part of a remix for Duvchi’s ‘Turtleduvs’ and I thought it deserved an extension.”