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Eleven fantastic Swedish summer songs for May

As Justin Timberlake releases the surefire hit of the summer, Can't Stop The Feeling (written by Swedes, of course), The Local's music writer, Paul Connolly, offers up ten more great Swedish songs to see you through the month.

Eleven fantastic Swedish summer songs for May
Northern Sweden's Goat are one of our picks this month. Photo: Goat Facebook

1. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling

Max Martin and Shellback (both Swedes, natch) have written the summer hit of 2016 for Justin Timberlake – feelgood pop doesn’t get any better than this.


 

2. Lucas Nord – I Don’t Need Your Love

Lucas Nord is slowly garnering a following outside Scandinavia for his lush, dreamy pop. This gently scuffed chunk of midtempo melancholy will do his cause no harm.


 

3. Peg Parnevik – Ain’t No Saint

The Swedish soul scene is in rude health. Seinabo Sey’s Younger and Elias’s Revolution are two of the best recent soul songs from anywhere. This doesn’t quite reach those heights but there’s still much to love here.


4. Flume feat. Tove Lo – Say It

One of the many things to love about Tove Lo is her willingness to work with other artists. This grinding, soulful electronica may not her most commercial release to date but it’s compelling, addictive stuff.


5. Marlene Oak – How Long

More Swedish soul, this time with a grittier, bluesier feel. Brooding and intense.


 

6. Violet Days – Your Girl

This Stockholm band have been making complex, vivid pop music for three years without ever really breaking through. Your Girl is ace, however.


7. Hanna Järver – Alabamatröjan

Another sweetly melodic, musically adventurous song from Järver. It’s as if Steely Dan had been reincarnated in a Stockholm twentysomething’s body.


 

8. Goat – I Sing In Silence

Goat, from way, way up north (Korpilombolo) have become global alt-rock stars and have even signed with Nirvana’s first label, SubPop. This swampy, mystical guitar and flute haze is quite lovely.


 

9. The Fooo Conspiracy – Summer Love

Everything about this Swedish boy band – from the extra ‘o’ in their name to the Princess Diana-like frosted hair – is designed to annoy the hell out of anyone over 25. And yet, this is a quite fantastic pop song.


 

10. Sophia Somajo – Sapphire

Swedish electronica pioneers, The Knife, have left a deep bruise on Swedish pop, and this is nowhere more obvious than on the distorted, fairground mirror synths of this fantastic debut single.

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11. Veronica Maggio – Vi mot världen

A spine-tingling live rendition of a beautiful song.

For all the videos see our YouTube playlist here and to listen to the songs on Spotify go here.

MUSIC

The most stunning Swedish festival spots this week

How about a party on an island, in an old quarry or a former mining camp? That's all on offer in Sweden this week, alongside our regular interactive calendar.

The most stunning Swedish festival spots this week
The Norberg Festival at an old ore mine. Photo: Peo Bengtsson

1. Into the Valley

Into the Valley takes place in a former limestone quarry located in picturesque Dalhalla near Rättvik in central Sweden. The festival only plays electro music, but even if you're not a fan, the venue itself is well worth the visit. This year it hosts famous international DJs such as Damien Lazarus, Nina Kraviz and Ben Klock.

When: July 28th-30th

Where: Dalhalla, seven kilometres from the train station in Rättvik

Tickets: 350-1590 kronor ($40-180)

2. Stockholm Music & Arts

This festival takes place in one of the most gorgeous locations in the Swedish capital: on the Skeppsholmen island, with clear blue Lake Mälaren and the Stockholm skyline as its backdrop. It has only been running since 2012, but has already attracted some of the more discerning fans. As its name suggests, it mixes music with different arts, for example theatre monologues or abstract paintings. What about the line-up? Oh, Lauryn Hill, Rufus Wainwright, Sigur Rós and Patti Smith, to name but a few.

When: July 29th-31st

Where: Skeppsholmen, Stockholm

Tickets: 750-1650 kronor


Stockholm Music & Arts last summer. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

3. Fryksdalsdansen

Deep in the Värmland region in western Sweden, in the Fryk Valley (Fryksdalen), lies Sunne, a small, sleepy town of around 5000 people. Except for these three days in July when 16,000 visitors descend on the area to attend this dance and music festival. Although you're unlikely to find Lauryn Hill and Sigur Rós here, some of Sweden's top homegrown artists will take the stage to show off their own brands of both the nation's traditional 'dansband' music and modern hits.

When: July 28th-30th

Where: Sunne, Värmland

Tickets: 400-800 kronor

4. The Norberg Festival

The Norberg Festival takes place in a rather spectacular location: an abandoned mining area called Mimerlaven in the town of Norberg, in the woods some 160 kilometres north-west of Stockholm. The former industrial buildings are turned into a technicolour show of light and sound installations and electronic music for three days – who knew concrete could be beautiful?

When: July 28th-30th

Where: Gamla Banan 6, Norberg, Västmanland

Tickets: 1290-1390 kronor (cheaper options are already sold out)

Check out the interactive calendar below for more events in Sweden:

 

 

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