As I and everyone else often points out, it’s almost impossible to listen to David Alexander’s music without imagining a tropical sunset with a frozen margarita in hand. The always immensely catchy tunes are armored in warm, washed-out synths that pass on mixed emotions of joy and longing. His latest “Thinkin Of U” is typical of his Summer Heart moniker, and in essence typical Swedish Balearic dance-pop bands like Air France, and later Korallreven, have put on a larger map. “Thinkin Of U” is sentimental, danceable and easily my favorite from Summer Heart since “Beat of Your Heart”, the track that made me tune in to his music in the first place.
A few weeks back we featured Malmö based record label Sommarhjärta’s latest release “Let’s Talk” by Swedish duo Death In The Afternoon. Here, the track gets a characteristically balmy and sun-splashed remake from label-head David Alexander and his Summer Heart moniker. Embedded below is also Summer Heart’s latest single “Sleep” from a yet untitled and undated full-length album. If you’re in Malmö this Saturday, make sure to catch him live on stage at Babel along with chillwave pioneer Blackbird Blackbird.
It’s been too long since I’ve posted anything from either of these two acts. On “Suddenly”, Summer Heart’s David Alexander transforms Sameblod’s original into a romantic Balearic-pop beauty. It’s becoming more and more convincing to state that Alexander picks up where The Radio Dept left off.
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)
Boat Club, Air France, The Radio Dept, Studio, The Embassy, Korallreven, Postiljonen, El Perro Del Mar – the list is long of Swedish musician who make or made luminous sepia-filtered synth-pop with the ability to trigger or even enhance our loveliest memories. But at the moment no one does it better than Summer Heart.
Less than a month ago, we featured “Beat of Your Heart” that gradually earned its rightful place amongst our most beloved summer anthems of the year. And it seems as David Alexander, the prolific Swedish producer behind Summer Heart, is full of red-sky painted romanticism with wistful synthesizers and Balearic guitars. “Milano” pick up where “Beat of Your Heart” left off, a bit heavier on the synths and faster in pace, but just as much covered in an overload of sundrenched nostalgia.
Now this is a bit awkward. Not just that Summer Heart, the one man project of David Alexander is from my native country of Sweden, but he also happens to live in the same city as me. Still, it was through the first-rate UK blog of Alphabet Bands that we discovered Alexander’s relaxed pop music. Shame on us, but better late than never.
With a name like Summer Heart it’s not hard to imagine that Alexander’s music evokes warm summery afternoons swathed in romantic nostalgia. His music stays in the boundaries of homespun lo-fi textures, but unlike many of Alexander’s peers, his self-assured melodic arrangements are neatly fixed around gentle waves of tinkling guitar play, rather than blurry cheap-sounding synthesizers. After just a brief walkthrough of Alexander’s impressively comprehensive discography (considering that his debut EP was released just about two years ago), it seems that “Beat of Your Heart” is his most welcoming and amicable offering to date. Its elegant composition reminds me of fellow Swedes The Radio Dept when they were at the top of their game, which in my book is a rather good thing. Who knew that such lush gleaming pop music excited just outside my doorstep.