I ♥ Sweden Vol.2 : Pøp Ðå Røck


Deuxième volet de cette série, cette fois-ci je vais m'intéresser à l'émergence de l'indie/pop/rock suédoise dans le paysage mondial. En commençant par Andreas Johnson, qui n'est certes pas le plus émergent mais surement le plus productif de tous les artistes suédois avec à son actif près d'un album tous les deux ans depuis 1995. Andreas Johnson, même si son nom ne vous dit rien, vous le connaissez à travers une célèbre pub du PAF, j'ai nommé Nutella, où son tube Glorious rythme la course du petit garçon à l'avion orange.








Andreas Johnson - Glorious

Contemporains de Johnson, The Cardigans se sont fait connaître grâce à leur apparition dans la bande son du film Roméo + Juliette avec le titre Lovefool, touchant une nouvelle fois le succès deux ans plus tard avec My Favourite Game.

Une chose frappante est le fait que sans télévision on connaîtrait beaucoup moins d'artistes suédois. En effet, le groupe de rock alternatif Caesars, dont les trois premiers albums sont sortis dans un anonymat complet en dehors de Suède, s'est retrouvé au devant de la scène internationale quand son morceau Jerk It Out est devenu la musique de la pub Apple pour l'iPod Shuffle. The Perishers ne dérogent pas à la règle, s'étant fait connaître dans la saison 2 de la série américaine Newport Beach avec plusieurs titres dont Trouble Sleeping.

On en vient aux groupes formés plus récemment, avec le multi-instrumental et multi-artistes I'm From Barcelona, groupe composé par 29 musiciens emmené par Emanuel Lundgren, un suédois qui avait écrit de nombreux textes et qui a décidé de réunir ses amis et les amis de ses amis pour interpréter ses chansons ; ils furent ensuite repérés sur Internet grâce à leur clip et signés sur le label EMI dans la foulée. Parmi ces 28 amis d'amis, il y avait un certain Emil Svanängen aka Loney, Dear dont j'apprécie tout particulièrement le premier titre de son album Dear John sorti cette année, la chanson Airport Surroundings.








Loney, Dear - Airport Surroundings

Pour finir, le groupe le plus récent, Miike Snow, s'est formé en 2007 et a sorti son premier album en mai 2009. The Guardian a dit de leur musique que c'était la rencontre entre les norvégiens a-ha et les américains Animal Collective. Ce qui est sûr c'est qu'Animal est un tube, les remixeurs de la trempe de Crookers ou de Peter, Bjorn and John ne s'y sont pas trompés.



Second part of this Swedish review, this time I would focus on the tops of indie/pop/rock. Beginning with Andreas Johnson, certainly not the more recent but the most productive of all Swedish artists with one album every 2 years since 1995. Andreas Johnson was discovered in France with his track Glorious accompanying the race of a little child with an orange plane in a famous advertising for Nutella.








Andreas Johnson - Glorious

The Cardigans were discovered in the soundtrack of Romeo + Juliet with Lovefool, reaching again the success two years later with My Favourite Game.

A funny fact is that without television we would know less Swedish artists. Indeed, the alternative rock band Caesars, which released three albums only known in Sweden, jump on top of the international scene with Jerk It Out, which became the sound of the Apple advertising for the iPod Shuffle. The Perishers aren't breaking the rules, beeing discovered in the second season of the American show The O.C. with several tracks like Trouble Sleeping.

Now let's focus on more recent bands, like the multi-instrumental and multi-artists I'm From Barcelona, band composed with 29 musicians led by Emanuel Lundgren, a Swedish guy who wrote several lyrics and decided to join friends and friends of friends to sing it ; they became succesful on the Internet thanks to their video clip and then signed on the EMI music label. Among these 28 friends of friends, there was a man called Emil Svanängen aka Loney, Dear. I actually do appreciate the first extract from his last album Dear John released earlier this year, the song Airport Surroundings.








Loney, Dear - Airport Surroundings

To conclude, the most recent band, Miike Snow, was created in 2007 and released their first album in May 2009. The Guardian said Miike Snow's « coolly emotional pop suggests a-ha meets Animal Collective ». What's sure is that Animal (which video clip you can watch above) is an epic song, and remixers as Crookers or Peter, Bjorn and John surely understood it.

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