I was in desperate need of something new. Music I hadn’t heard thousands of times before. An album where I had no idea where the next track would be taking me. I love that feeling. I’m in the passenger seat and have no control whatsoever. Luckily, I decided to check out Sarah Klang’s debut Love in the Milky Way and now she has taken me on a trip to space. Yes. Listening to the album literally feels like being an astronaut floating all alone in space. The lack of gravity. The weirdness. The absolute silence outside the helmet where these songs are playing. It is wonderful.
Love in the Milky Way is groundbreaking and impossible not to love.
Sarah Klang – Strangers
Sarah Klang – Left Me on Fire
Listen to Sarah Klang on Spotify.
Sarah Klang currently has 5 579 listeners on Last.fm. She’s a total hype in Sweden right now, though.
What are Grizzly Bear up to these days? I miss them too much. Veckatimest is definitely one of my favorite records ever and Shields is really amazing, too. Grizzly Bear’s sound fits Swedish autumns very well. Dark and moody with glimpses of light.
Grizzly Bear – I Live With You
Grizzly Bear – Sun In Your Eyes
Grizzly Bear – Foreground
Filed under folk, indie rock
I’m sorry for the lack of updates here. Apparently, I haven’t written anything in this blog since July? I’ve been so busy with school, finishing both my thesis papers. In just a few weeks, I’ll officially be a teacher of Swedish and media subjects! I’ve been studying at a university for the past five years, so you can all probably guess how stoked I am.
Also, it’s been just over a years since my mum passed away. It feels so weird, knowing she won’t be here to celebrate my graduation with me. She won’t see the apartment me and my girlfriend are moving into shortly, in Stockholm. She won’t meet the kitten, Frances, who just moved in here with us. Time will pass and I will never meet my mum again. That’s the kind of things that have been occupying my mind lately.
I’ll share a song from my mum’s funeral. It’s called Hon kommer från främmande vidder and the artist is our whole family’s favorite Swedish guy ever: Lars Winnerbäck. Me, my sister, my mum and my dad all started listening to him at the same time, about 11 or 12 years ago. Around the same time, my mum got cancer. When she passed away, she left a note with requests for her funeral. Among the music requests, she had written that she wanted something by Lars Winnerbäck played. She hadn’t written any specific songs, so my sister, dad and I sat down with Winnerbäck’s records and thought about which song to choose. We all ended up thinking about this one. It just describes mum. Sorry to all non-Swedish speaking readers; you won’t be able to understand the lyrics. But the music is still beautiful, hopefully. One of the lines would be translated as “She makes silver out of dust / She makes honey out of salt”. Yeah. Listening to this song basically breaks my heart nowadays.
I promise you all, I’ll try to write here more often. There’s still so much music to share.
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City and Colour currently has 718 219 listeners on Last.fm.
Only a few minutes ago I found Sarah Jaffe’s music by accident. I was watching some videos on YouTube, and a video containing the photo above showed up in the right menu (with recommended videos). This happens to me sometimes. I see awesome photographs of a band or an artist, and I just have to check them out. Because I am a sucker for photography. This picture of Sarah caught my attention. Her eyes. The depth of field. The hair blowing in the wind. I just love it.
And the music didn’t disappoint me. On Last.fm it says Sarah Jaffe is a singer-songwriter. The term singer-songwriter disturbs me a lot. What the fuck is a singer-songwriter? How is that a genre? It’s just stupid. Another tag on Last.fm is dream pop, which I think describes Sarah’s music better. Dream pop with both folk and electronic touches. At times very dark. At times lighter. But what’s most important: all the songs I’ve listened to so far are interesting. Listen to this song called Halfway Right; I’m getting Ben Howard vibes here! Just imagine Ben’s voice and more acoustic guitars.
Yes. I’m digging this. Sarah Jaffe. A name I will keep in mind. Some songs sound a little like Florence + The Machine (for example Sucker For Your Marketing). However, Glorified High is one of my favorite songs so far.
Sarah Jaffe on Spotify.
Sarah Jaffe currently has 42 184 listeners on Last.fm.