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.
2014 is over and by now you’ll have read dozens of end-of-year lists, but you can never have too much of a good thing, so here is our selection of the best songs of 2014 from Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Have a very happy new year, one and all.
Ace Wilder – Busy Doin’ Nothin‘ This Melodifestivalen runner up would have been a pan-European hit had it won.
Alina Devecerski – Armé It must be hard to follow up her monster hit Flytta På Dej, but this is pretty rousing nonetheless.
Beatrice Eli – Moment of Clarity We could include almost every track from Die Another Day, but this is probably the highlight.
Elliphant – Revolusion Brilliant fringed hat (and song).
Elliphant feat MØ – One More A moving tale of female friendship (part 1).
Erik Hassle – Pathetic Again, we could include any song from Erik’s brilliant Somebody’s Party EP.
Frida Sundemo – For You, Love Frida’s Lit Up By Neon EP contained several gems, but she shines best when she’s at her most fragile.
iamamiwhoami – Fountain Phenomenal single followed phenomenal single from Jonna Lee’s project in 2014, but the one that started it all had us at our most excited.
Jennie Abrahamson – Wolf Old news in Sweden but heading into 2015 on the back of a Peter Gabriel support slot and the launch of her Gemini Gemini album in Europe, this is the album’s highlight.
Ji Nilsson & Marlene – Love You Anyway A moving tale of female friendship (part 2) and our most listened to song of 2014.
Kate Boy – Self Control Basically, their long-awaited album should be amazing.
Kleerup feat. Susanne Sundfør – Let Me In This sounds a bit like ABBA and is very, very good.
The Knife – För alla namn vi inte får använda A single from The Knife’s Europa Europa cabaret. Please don’t leave us, The Knife.
Little Jinder – Vita Bergens Klockor Slightly indecipherable to non-Swedes (The White Mountains’ Clocks?) but we sing along anyway.
MØ – Walk This Way One of many brilliant songs from one of the most exciting artists of the last couple of years.
Röyksopp & Robyn – Monument A ten-minute electro-jazz epic that is amongst the best work that either of them has ever done.
Seinabo Sey – Younger With any justice, 2015 will be Seinabo’s year, and not just in Sweden where she already features on a stamp.
Tove Lo – Timebomb Habits was technically 2013, so this just pipped Out Of Mind as our favourite Tove song in 2014.
Tove Styrke – Even If I’m Loud It Doesn’t Mean I’m Talking To You Our second favourite Tove came back with an absolute belter.
Zhala – Prophet Slightly bonkers song from Robyn’s first signing.
Now you can listen to all the tracks which are currently available on UK Spotify in this handy link.
And so we are now in December and everyone is frantically making end-of-year lists (ours will come just as soon as we find five minutes), but let’s not forget some of the stellar Scandi tunes that were released in November. Catch up with our Good Moose Monthly playlist on either YouTube or Soundcloud. As ever, not everything is available on both, or either, but we’ve gathered together as many as we can for you. And just because we love the artwork, we’ve put Little Jinder up the top of the page. None of the new tracks from her new album are on YouTube or Soundcloud, but you can, and should, listen on Spotify.