Category Archives: Scandinavia

VÖK – FIGURE (Alt/Electro – Iceland)

Vök

Following two critically acclaimed EPs Tension (2013) and Circles (2015), Icelandic alternative electro band Vök will release their highly anticipated debut album Figure on April 28 via Nettwerk Records. Mostly written in their home studio and recorded with producer and Jack Garratt collaborator Brett Cox, the album sees the Reykjavík-based band taking their sound to new heights.

With influences ranging from from The Weeknd’s intimist RnB to Little Dragon‘s quirky electronica, Figure spans a whole spectrum of emotions and sounds, full of distorted pulses, near-whispered melodies, echoing guitars and dreamy hooks.

Vök took their time to deliver this first album but they are now ready to share it with their fans and the four-piece will be touring extensively throughout 2017 to bring it clubs and concert halls across Europe (Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, UK and more).

Listen to more music on SoundCloud and follow them on Facebook. Buy the album on

ANNA OF THE NORTH – OSLO (Pop/Indie – Norway)

Anna of the North

Anna of the North is a collaborative project between Anna Lotterud, an electropop artist from Norway, and New Zealand-born producer Brady Daniell-Smith. The two happened to live in Australia a few years ago and they met at a show in Melbourne. They hit it off and started working together over Skype, which led to debut single “Sway”, released in 2014.

The song became an internet hit and was quickly followed by singles “Sway”, “The Dreamer”, “Baby” and most recently “Us”, which all together racked up over 40 million streams. Anna of the North also caught the attention of tastemakers such as Fader, NYLON or Noisey and picked up considerable airplay on Australia’s Triple J Radio and BBC’s Radio 1.

Released on Honeymoon/Different Recordings, brand new single “Oslo” was premiered in early January and is the official version of the track which surfaced online as a demo and has grown to be a fan favourite. It’s an icy, dark, chamber-pop tune which perfectly blends 80s tinged synths with beautifully delivered vocals.

Find the band on SoundCloud or Facebook. Buy on

THE RADIO DEPT – SWEDISH GUNS (Pop/Indie – Sweden)

The Radio Dept

The Radio Dept. is a Swedish band fronted by friends Johan Duncanson and Martin Carlberg. The pair recently announced the release of their fourth studio album, Running Out Of Love, on October 21st via Stockholm-based premium pop label Labrador Records. This will be their first full length recording since 2010’s critically acclaimed album Clinging To A Scheme. First single “Swedish Guns” is a haunting takedown of the Swedish arms industry.

Running Out Of Love is about life in Sweden in 2016 moving in the wrong direction: politically, intellectually, morally. It’s about the impatience that turns into anger, hate and ultimately withdrawal and apathy when love for the world and our existence begins to falter.

For more info, go to The Radio Dept’s Facebook or their official site. You can pre-order the album and download the single on

SLOWES – SWEET (Alt/Pop – Denmark)

Slowes
With their subtle mix of alternative psychedelic lo-fi and dreamy chillwave, Danish duo Slowes create evocative pop soundscapes with an electronic twist. Jack Kilburn (vocals) and Anders Hamann (drums) formed Slowes in 2015, under the name More, and have since released two singles: “I Need You” and “Sweet”.


With a string of live performances scheduled over the summer, as well as a couple more singles expected before the end of the year, the boys are keeping busy ahead of the release of their highly anticipated debut EP in early 2017.

Follow Slowes on Facebook and buy the music on

HIGHASAKITE – CAMP ECHO (Alt/Pop – Norway)

Highasakite (photo by Tonje Thilesen)

Norwegian alternative pop outfit Highasakite recently released their highly anticipated new full length Camp Echo via Propeller Recordings. The album is influenced by the realities and horrors of war. In fact, the album’s title is even taken from the name of a detention camp at the infamous Guantanamo Bay facility.


Camp Echo is a mix of rare musical landscapes, a place of long dark shadows, sudden flashes of glittering light, brooding silences and unexpected explosions of fierce percussion.

Vocalist Ingrid Håvik has said that Camp Echo isn’t about pushing anyone toward a political philosophy but more about how war has been central in her mindset for a number of years. “There are not many love songs on the album,” Håvik said in a statement. “Because I haven’t been in that state of mind for a long time.

You can find more info and music on the band’s official site or Facebook. Buy the new album on