The Local's top Swedish songs of the month: May
The Local · 5 May 2015, 12:35
Published: 05 May 2015 11:15 GMT+02:00
Updated: 05 May 2015 12:35 GMT+02:00
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1. Julia Adams - Allt Jag Nånsin
Julia, who has an English father, was one half of the excitable pop duo Little Marbles. This icily beautiful electro-ballad is her first solo venture.
2. Djurparken - Under
This gloriously strange melange of styles (melodic electro-rap is the closest I can get to a description) is one of our favourite singles of the year so far.
3. Ola Salo - How I Kill
Grand David Bowie-esque pop from the former leader of Swedish glam rock band The Ark.
4. Breakup - Roads to Rome
Breakup are a wildly odd and exciting proposition - one half heartbreaking soul, the other darkly melodic electronica. Cool video too.
5. Love Antell - Barn av Amerika
It's cheesy, of that there's no doubt. But this is a very big tune. The title is Swedish for 'Child of America'.
6. Lykke Li - Never Gonna Love Again
This is just exquisite. Johnny Cash reborn as sad Swedish popstrel.
7. Ulrik Munther - Nån Gång
If Munther was British he would be a global star. This is infectious, inventive and emotional pop of the very highest order.
8. Ji Nilsson - I’m Her
I love that this video seems to have cost about 200 SEK because it makes you concentrate on the song and the performance. And they're both really worth your time.
9. Rasmus Faber feat. Frida Sundemo - Hideaway
Regular readers will know that I am in love with Frida Sundemo's voice - so here's her latest collaboration with Rasmus Faber. Dreamy summer bliss.
10. Merely - Scandinavia
Another magnificently melancholic ballad from one of Swedish pop's most interesting characters Kristina Florell, AKA Merely.
11. Kastrup - Thieves
A big-boned, muscular alt-pop anthem in the vein of Keane and Kodaline with a rumbustious chorus.