The last festival I’ll be attending this summer is the two-day Hemma Hos Fesitval (basically meaning “Home At” Festival), held partially outdoors, partially indoors at the STPLN venue in my hometown of Malmoe. This is the first year of the festival, and the purpose is to present some of the most innovative and fascinating upcoming acts in the region.
My attention is devoted to the acts found below, but if you want a closer look at the rest of the line-up click here.
Alice Boman is arguably the most fascinating new artist to emerge out of my hometown of Malmö, and possibly from the whole of the Swedish indie scene. Her music sounds old – like an overlooked folk recording from the 40’s or 50’s, but stylistically it’s nearer to the unvarnished aesthetics of the female songwriters of the late 60’s. Her aptly titled debut EP Skisser (means “Sketches” in Swedish) blends folk and country with a touch psychedelica, on where her intimate and vulnerable vocals evoke associations buried deep inside our collective memory. The way these recordings embody a timeless charm is due to the manner they were recorded. The EP is a set of stripped down bedroom takes that were never meant to see the light of day. Thankfully, it somehow got past on to Adrian Recordings (home of some of the biggest indie names of southern Sweden; This Is Head, MF/MB, Familjen, to name a few) and the label eventually chose to release it. The naked rawness and edgy sound of these recordings are beautiful precisely because of its lo-fi simplicity and there is no doubt that Alice Boman has recorded a magnificent, elusively draped EP, not telling of its time, no place to call home, unbound of today, yesterday and tomorrow. (click here for the original post on Alice Boman)
With a name like Summer Heart it’s not hard to imagine that the one man project of David Alexander creates music that evokes warm cloud free days swathed in romantic nostalgia. His music stays in the boundaries of homespun lo-fi textures, filled with pensive synth lines and Balearic guitars, largely in the vein of Air France, The Radio Dept, Korallreven or any other sepia-filtered Swedish synth-pop act. A month or so ago, I featured the lovely “Beat of Your Heart”, as well as the equally wistful “Milano”. Two tracks that will hopefully be featured on Summer Hearts follow-up to last year’s promising debut album, About A Feeling. (the original posts on Summer Heart can be found by clicking here)
I’ll also be attending these following three acts that sound promising but haven’t heard much from:
The Good Morning Spider
- Alice Boman – Skisser EP (ifoundmusic.com)