Back in 2012, Karin Park released Highwire Poetry, which was basically one of the best and most criminally ignored albums of the year. So it has been with a lot of expectation that we’ve been waiting for new material. We had the good, if not spectacular, Shine back in March, and now here’s Look What You’ve Done. It’s her new single, that is if we ignore the fact it was released in Norway several months ago – when Karin performed it magnificently on the Norwegian Eurovision selection show Melodi Grand Prix (keep watching to see Karin’s protegée Margaret Berger’s excellent Scream, and also a duet of their Eurovision entry I Feed You My Love) – and is the first proper taste of forthcoming album Apocalypse Pop, coming March 2, 2015. So what does it sound like? Enormous drums, a propulsive beat and Karin’s extremely distinctive voice singing about a destructive relationship: “You’ve fucked with my mind… You’re sucking me dry… I should have run, run, run.” We’ve been listening to it for months but it’s still fantastic, and it’s great to see it getting a wider release. Roll on March for the album – when you’ll also be able to catch Karin at Oslo’s by:Larm festival.
We are big fans of Kate Boy, patiently awaiting each new release since they first appeared almost two years ago. We’ve only had five songs in that time, but they’ve all been special, and they were easily one of the highlights of the by:Larm festival in Oslo in February (cast your eye to the top of this very page to see a shot taken from that gig). So it was with excitement that we tuned into Sweden’s Musikguiden i P3 to hear the premiere of Open Fire. It’s exactly what you expect from Kate Boy: passionate vocals over a sinister electronic undercurrent, at the same time both recalling The Knife but also sounding exactly like themselves. They’re embarking on a US tour shortly, followed by a short UK one, and are well worth seeing live. Listen to Open Fire here, with a nice bit of Swedish chit-chat on top.
Updated: And it’s on YouTube now as well.