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.”
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.
Singer of The Best Eurovision Entry Of All Time is back with the first single from her forthcoming second album. The track is called Paper Light (Higher), with the “paper light” bit meaning she could get her fans to go to a cold Stockholm park to send off a bunch of paper lanterns in this rather pretty promo video. It’s technically currently only available on Spotify in the Nordics but will be out worldwide on Monday 9 March. But of course it’s all over YouTube by now, with Warner Music Sweden frantically removing each link as it appears. It’s a big (euphoric?) house-pop number with Loreen singing in her best falsetto and a massive orchestral outro. For some reason we expected something groundbreaking from Loreen and on first listen this isn’t quite it. But, regardless, it’s an excellent song which will definitely please the fans and with any justification earn some radio play outside of Scandinavia. She also hasn’t forgotten the show which made her and will be performing the song live for the first time at this week’s Melodifestivalen (what’s that, we hear you cry?! Well, look here!). That could well be proper event telly.