Sweden is my personal music mecca. A considerable amount of my favorite bands call Sweden home (Shout Out Louds, The Knife, Lykke Li, ABBA, Acid House Kings…to name a few) and year after year, the Swedes pump out really fantastic music. 2011 was no exception, as we were treated to plenty of new releases from the Kingdon of Sweden and Day 3 features an array of my favorites.
This year, we were treated to the fifth studio release from one of my favorites, Acid House Kings. Music Sounds Better With You was one of my favorite albums of 2011 and it’s packed full of indie pop bliss. Considering how many good tracks are on this album, it was a bit of a challenge to pick just one song. I ultimately went with the first track I heard off the album, but it’s really in your best interest to check out this entire album.
♪ Acid House Kings – Are We Lovers Or Are We Friends? (from Music Sounds Better With You)
I don’t know much about The Distant Sounds and I haven’t really heard much of their music, but I do like what’ve I heard so far. As far as I know, they’ve only put out the one EP, Blue Night, which the band describes as “an EP filled with love and lust. It is sort of like a bag of candy, there is something for everyone.” The standout track is definitely “Mon Amour”, but it’s worth checking out the entire EP over on their bandcamp page (especially since it’s a free download).
♪ The Distant Sounds – Mon Amour (from Blue Night EP)
Swedish electronic group, Little Dragon, released their third album, Ritual Union, this year. The album was received generally positive reviews from music critics, but really blew up all over the blogosphere. My favorite Little Dragon track remains “Blinking Pigs” (from Machine Dreams), but the title track from Ritual Union is a close second and one of the year’s best tracks.
♪ Little Dragon – Ritual Union (from Ritual Union)
I literally just discovered Rebecca & Fiona, but it was love at first listen. The Swedish DJ team, consisting of Rebecca Scheja and Fiona Fitzpatrick, released their debut album last month and while I haven’t had a chance to give it a proper listen, I can’t stop listening to this one track in particular (hint: make sure you have the volume turned up at the 3:15 mark).
♪ Rebecca & Fiona – Dance (from I Love You, Man)
I don’t think we’ll ever be lucky enough for a new Postal Service album, but Slottet has done a mighty fine job recreating that particular sound we all miss so much (and don’t worry, this isn’t anything like that Owl City rubbish).
♪ Slottet – Agnostics Nightmare (from Servants)