CILIA – Clearly


Oh, we do love a Swedish lady singing a massive pop song. So thank you to CILIA for providing us with our newest obsession. Aside from this being her debut single, we can’t really tell you much about her. She’s worked with the same folks who have worked with Icona Pop, Erik Hassle and Tove Lo and she has an almighty pair of lungs and an ear for a great tune. Here’s her Facebook page, so we’ll be keeping a close eye for further developments.

Ane Brun – Directions

Ane Brun

Stockholm-living Norwegian Ane Brun is back with the first single from the follow-up to her number-one-in-the-Nordics album It All Starts With One. Ane made the song using an app, where she recorded her voice as several instruments in putting the song together. The result is a minimal jazzy track that sounds like more of a buzz release than a lead single, like Jenny Wilson’s release of Autobiography prior to Demand the Impossible. It premiered on Musikguiden i P3 so take a listen there. The album is due to land in the autumn, so we expect a bigger release before then, but in the meantime this is succeeding very well in getting us buzzed before the main event.

Jenny Hval – That Battle Is Over

Jenny Hval

Often described as “the Norwegian PJ Harvey”, Jenny Hval has signed to a new label and is readying the release of her new album, Apocalypse, Girl. And here we have the first taste. And, by Jenny’s standards, it’s actually quite accessible singer-songwriter fare – and definitely holds up to the PJ Harvey comparisons. Over a sluggish beat Jenny half talks-half trills some quite bleak lyrics despairing at modern society.┬áIt ends with a screech and a drone and a muttered refrain, and, though we certainly can’t speak for everyone, but it’s compelling listening that makes you hit the repeat button. This won’t be troubling the charts, but it’s an intriguing development and bodes well for the album, coming in June.