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Fresh Track: Icona Pop “I Love It”

Swedish electro pop outfit Icona Pop makes happy music.  Several months ago, I stumbled across their song “Manners” on the blogosphere and was immediately lifted to maximum satisfaction.  The sound is thick and the chorus infectious. My infatuation with this group was easy to fall into after the latest production of great music produced by Sweden.  Bands like jj, The Knife, Lykke Li, The Radio Dept. and Shout Out Louds have all contributed to the growth of Swedish indie pop and made it easier for bands like Icona Pop to be accepted globally.

The spirits of summer ignited as new Icona Pop single “I Love It” came crashing through the speakers of my Jeep Wrangler during a spin on Sirius XMU.  A dreary drive home was transformed into a summer time escape.  Icona Pop uses a thumping bass drum to build momentum before smothering the beat with their contagious lyrics. As I stay glued to this track I wait anxiously for more opportunities for the Swedish music scene to add to its growing resumé. Icona Pop is currently in the studio recording their debut LP with an as-yet-to-be-determined release date.  Those struck with electro pop anticipation can dig back on their EP Nights Like This.  A Swedish sample that intends to sooth.

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Written by Brett McGrath


Fresh Track: Manor “Afghan Hound”

I’ve never experienced love at first sight with a woman, but I do with music all the time.  Perhaps that’s because no matter how aesthetically pleasing another looks at one particular moment, there’s just so much more to a person than appearance.  But when you first hear a song, it is what it is.  Granted, a band can be terrible live and ruin your thoughts about them, but that doesn’t take away from that song and the first time you heard it.  It is what it is then, and that’s what it will always be in your memory.  An even more bizarre to this conundrum is that the song that catches your ear may be the only one.

That last part doesn’t apply to the subject of this post at all.  Manor, a Melbourne band composed of Nathanial Morse and Caitlin Duff, obviously know how to make a jam.  Their first single, “Rhodesia“, was released late last year and is a pretty great pop song.  With some jangled guitars and a relaxed vibe, it’s a looker but not really drop dead. Now their newest single “Afghan Hound”?  This is a looker.  From the first drum kick, to the guitar intro followed by the keys, synths, and ultimately Caitlin’s stellar voice, this song has that spark.  That “it” factor.  It’s deep, dark, and full of emotion.  The chorus belts out with Caitlin’s voice a somewhat romantic, somewhat haunting vocal, “It’s alright. It’s alright.  Don’t be scared, dear sweet child.  I’m not going anywhere.  I’m not going anywhere tonight.”

You can get lost in this song’s the beauty, and that’s precisely why I love it.  It’s layered with a depth that becomes increasingly apparent upon repeated listens.  The more spins I give it, the more I’m digging it, and that more I want it.  Jump into the deep end with me?

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Written by Greg Dahman

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Fresh Track: Serengeti “Talk to Me”

The last time I mentioned Serengeti he was in character as Kenny Dennis, rhyming about the Steve Bartman incident on his video for the song “Don’t Blame Steve” from his style flipping Kenny Dennis EP.  Working with the same producers in Jel and Odd Nosdam that knocked out of the park on the last EP, Geti returns with a single off of his upcoming C.A.R. album, “Talk to Me”.  While his Kenny Dennis albums are always a lot of fun and show off Geti’s incredible artistic range, his stream of consciousness flow on “Talk to Me” is his bread and butter, and a perfect example of why I love rap music so much.  Grab the .mp3 below, and pre-order your copy of C.A.R. via InSound.

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Written by John Bugbee