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    1. What are your favorite breakup albums?

      I'm not going through anything bad right now, I just feel like listening to some ugly-cry type of breakup albums. My picks: Sharon Van Etten: Are We There Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago Beck: Sea...

      I'm not going through anything bad right now, I just feel like listening to some ugly-cry type of breakup albums.

      My picks:

      9 votes
    2. New Music Nordics – Album and EP releases for June 2022

      Denmark Artist Title Format Released Genre Link Annika Aakjær Esthers Orkester Album 2/6/22 Singer songwriter Spotify Bbybites Don't Care… (But I Do) EP 10/6/22 Pop Spotify ICEKIID Ingen Roser...

      Denmark

      Artist Title Format Released Genre Link
      Annika Aakjær Esthers Orkester Album 2/6/22 Singer songwriter Spotify
      Bbybites Don't Care… (But I Do) EP 10/6/22 Pop Spotify
      ICEKIID Ingen Roser Uden Torne Album 3/6/22 Hip hop Spotify

      Commentary: Quite the variety of styles with this month's Danish NMN contingent. It's definitely Bbybites who has caught the ears though. Rapper Martha Maj Hauptmann brings the attitude with her refreshing mix of pop and hip hop. Track “Whatever“ from her latest EP is on rotation.


      Finland

      Artist Title Format Released Genre Link
      DANTCHEV:DOMAIN The Lions We Are Album 1/6/22 Folk Bandcamp
      IANAI Sunir Album 10/6/22 Folk Bandcamp

      Commentary: IANAI's debut album really does defy genre classification, with its epic soundscapes influenced by folk music from across the globe. The talent found on “Sunir” is nothing to be sniffed at either, with guest appearances from HIM, Sisters of Mercy and Massive Attack to name a few.


      Iceland

      Artist Title Format Released Genre Link
      Fjara Surfdays EP 10/6/22 Surf rock Spotify
      Hugrún Post-Apocalyptic Love Songs EP 23/6/22 Indie pop Spotify
      Una Torfa Flækt Og Týnd Og Einmana EP 10/6/22 Singer songwriter Spotify

      Commentary: This might become my new obsession. After unexpectedly discovering some Finnish surf rock last month, this month it's the turn of Iceland. Check out the acoustic title track from Fjara – whose name translates to beach/shore – on their brand-new EP “Surfdays”.


      Norway

      Artist Title Format Released Genre Link
      Jorn Over The Horizon Radar Album 17/6/22 Hard rock href+
      Khold Svartsyn Album 24/6/22 Black metal href+

      Commentary: Jørn Lande is back with a new studio album, five years since 2017's “Life On Death Road”. Where “Over The Horizon Radar“ lacks in innovation or even boundary pushing, it makes up for in familiar power vocals and eleven solid melodic metal songs.


      Sweden

      Artist Title Format Released Genre Link
      Bells Fell Silent The Soil And The Hammering Beat Album 3/6/22 Indie rock Bandcamp
      Benjamin Ingrosso Playlist Album 17/6/22 Pop href+
      Big Fish Kalla Döda Drömmar Album 18/6/22 Experimental rock Spotify
      Darkane Inhuman Spirits Album 24/6/22 Extreme metal Spotify
      Iamamiwhoami Be Here Soon Album 3/6/22 Electronic Bandcamp
      INVSN Let The Night Love You Album 3/6/22 Post punk Bandcamp
      Neneh Cherry The Versions Album 10/6/22 Hip hop href+
      Oscar Enestad Drömmar Album 3/6/22 Pop Spotify
      Seventh Wonder The Testament Album 10/6/22 Prog metal href+
      Theoz Paradis EP 17/6/22 Pop Spotify
      Tove Styrke HARD Album 3/6/22 Pop Spotify
      Tungsten Bliss Album 17/6/22 Power metal Spotify

      Commentary: It's been thirty-three years since Neneh Cherry's debut album “Raw Like Sushi” released. Her latest album “The Versions” sees a cast of current-day female vocalists give re-workings to tracks from that seminal album and others to admittedly varying degrees of success.


      Previous months: March | April | May

      3 votes
    3. New Music Nordics – Album and EP releases for May 2022

      Denmark Artist Title Format Released Genre Link Jada Elements Album 20/5/22 Pop lnk.tt Junkyard Drive Electric Love Album 13/5/22 Hard rock Bandcamp Lucer The New World Album 20/5/22 Hard rock...

      Denmark

      Artist Title Format Released Genre Link
      Jada Elements Album 20/5/22 Pop lnk.tt
      Junkyard Drive Electric Love Album 13/5/22 Hard rock Bandcamp
      Lucer The New World Album 20/5/22 Hard rock Bandcamp
      Modest Friend Album 6/5/22 Indie rock Bandcamp
      Pil Kom Vi Flyver, Siger Du Album 13/5/22 Electropop Spotify
      Sonic Girl Confessions Album 23/5/22 Pop Spotify

      Commentary: A rock heavy selection coming out of Denmark for this month. So in typical fashion, I'm gonna skip over the generic guitar riffs and angsty lyrics this May and focus instead on the crisp pop voice of Sonic Girl. The track “hackerboy” is worth a listen just for the shoehorning in of antivirus and IP addresses!


      Finland

      Artist Title Format Released Genre Link
      I Am The Night While The Gods Are Sleeping Album 6/5/22 Black metal Bandcamp
      Madboiali 22 Album 27/5/22 Hip hop Spotify
      Mary Ann Hawkins Mary Ann Hawkins Album 20/5/22 Surf rock Bandcamp

      Commentary: Where Denmark failed with rock, Finland might just have delighted this month. The country is synonymous with death metal, so imagine my surprise to find a source of surf rock in the band Mary Ann Hawkins. Their track “Hawkinsmania” is an espresso shot of frenetiscism.


      Iceland

      Artist Title Format Released Genre Link
      Bear The Ant Unconscious EP 26/5/22 Psychedelic pop Spotify
      LÓN Thankfully Distracted Album 15/5/22 Rock Spotify
      NEVERNEVER Glorious EP 11/5/22 Alternative rock Spotify

      Commentary: Iceland is a small place, with 366,000 people and counting, so sometimes pickings are low. But they do say quality over quantity, and that's what we have here. The names behind NEVERNEVER have some real pedigree in the music industry and are led by the strong vocals of Klara Elias.


      Norway

      Artist Title Format Released Genre Link
      Humle Døgnvill Album 20/5/22 Pop Spotify
      Sigrid How To Let Go Album 6/5/22 Pop href+
      TrollfesT Flamingo Overlord Album 27/5/22 Folk metal Bandcamp

      Commentary: In April Norway took the crown for the month's biggest and best release with Röyksopp's newest. They've done it again! Sigrid's follow-up to her debut album, “How To Let Go” is a real banger, with stand-out track “Mirror” destined for summer playlists all across the Nordics.


      Sweden

      Artist Title Format Released Genre Link
      Bjorn Rydhog New Day Coming EP 20/5/22 Pop SoundCloud
      Friska Viljor Don't Save The Last Dance Album 13/5/22 Indie Rock Spotify
      Jens Lekman The Linden Trees Are Still In Blossom Album 4/5/22 Baroque pop href+
      Jireel MOTY Album 6/5/22 Rap Spotify
      Karakou Via Dolorosa Album 13/5/22 Pop Spotify
      Lykke Li EYEYE Album 20/5/22 Indie pop Bandcamp
      Miynt Lonely Beach Album 6/5/22 Experimental pop Bandcamp
      Olof Wallberg We Album 27/5/22 Indie pop Spotify
      Omar Rudberg OMR Album 27/5/22 Pop Spotify
      Omni Of Halos Care Free EP 20/5/22 Rock SoundCloud
      Orkan Livsgaranti Album 13/5/22 Prog rock Spotify
      Paula Jivén The Duality In Me EP 6/5/22 Pop Spotify
      Sahara Hotnights Love In Times Of Low Expectations Album 6/5/22 Rock Spotify
      Svart Ridå 18 Minuter Av Ditt Liv EP 13/5/22 Experimental pop SoundCloud
      Tusse Happiness Before Love EP 20/5/22 Pop Spotify
      Vero Unsoothing Interior Album 6/5/22 Indie rock Bandcamp

      Commentary: Four years since the previous album, it's great to have Lykke Li back. “EYEYE” is a brutally melancholic album, with heart-felt lyrics taking centre stage. Margaret Farrell at Pitchfork had this to say: ‘Her music is a companion to sorrow in the same way the sun is a companion to the morning.’


      Previous months: March | April

      5 votes
    4. Kendrick Lamar - Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers (2022)

      SPOTIFY | APPLE MUSIC | YOUTUBE MUSIC | TIDAL | DEEZER | AMAZON MUSIC | PANDORA Disc 1 United in Grief [prod. OKLAMA, Sounwave, J. LBS, Duval Timothy, Beach Noise & Tim Maxey] N95 [prod. Sounwave,...

      SPOTIFY | APPLE MUSIC | YOUTUBE MUSIC | TIDAL | DEEZER | AMAZON MUSIC | PANDORA


      Disc 1

      1. United in Grief [prod. OKLAMA, Sounwave, J. LBS, Duval Timothy, Beach Noise & Tim Maxey]

      2. N95 [prod. Sounwave, Jahaan Sweet, Boi-1da, Baby Keem]

      3. Worldwide Steppers [prod. Tae Beast, Sounwave, J. LBS]

      4. Die Hard (feat. Blxst & Amanda Reifer) [prod. Baby Keem, Sounwave, J. LBS, Dahi, FNZ]

      5. Father Time (feat. Sampha) [prod. Sounwave, Dahi, Bekon, Beach Noise, Duval Timothy, Victor Ekpo]

      6. Rich - Interlude [prod. Duval Timothy]

      7. Rich Spirit [prod. Sounwave, Dahi, Frano]

      8. We Cry Together (feat. Taylour Paige) [prod. The Alchemist, J. LBS, Bekon]

      9. Purple Hearts (feat. Summer Walker & Ghostface Killah) [prod. Sounwave, DJ Khalil, Beach Noise, J. LBS]

      Disc 2

      1. Count Me Out [prod. OKLAMA, Sounwave, Dahi, J. LBS, Tim Maxey]

      2. Crown [prod. Duval Timothy]

      3. Silent Hill (feat. Kodak Black) [prod. Sounwave, Boi-1da, Jahaan Sweet, Beach Noise]

      4. Savior - Interlude [prod. OKLAMA, J. LBS, Sounwave]

      5. Savior [prod. OKLAMA, Sounwave, J. LBS, Cardo, Mario Luciano, Rascal]

      6. Auntie Diaries [prod. Beach Noise, Bekon & The Donuts, Craig Balmoris, Bekon, Sergiu Ghermanm, Tyler Mehlenbacher]

      7. Mr. Morale (feat. Tanna Leone) [prod. Pharrell Williams]

      8. Mother | Sober (feat. Beth Gibbons of Portishhead) [prod. J.LBS, Sounwave, Bekon]

      9. Mirror [prod. Bekon, Tyler Mehlenbacher, Sergiu Gherman, Craig Balmoris, Dahi, Sounwave, Tim Maxey]

      OKLAMA is Kendrick's moniker for production credits


      Formatting and content taken from r/HipHopHeads

      13 votes
    5. New Music Nordics – Album and EP releases for April 2022

      Denmark Artist Title Format Released Genre Link MALU Evergreen EP 8/4/22 R&B Spotify Nicklas Sahl Outside The Lines EP 8/4/22 Indie pop Spotify Sara Futtrup Jordens Åndedrag Album 29/4/22 Pop...

      Denmark

      Artist Title Format Released Genre Link
      MALU Evergreen EP 8/4/22 R&B Spotify
      Nicklas Sahl Outside The Lines EP 8/4/22 Indie pop Spotify
      Sara Futtrup Jordens Åndedrag Album 29/4/22 Pop SoundCloud
      Springer Sleepwalk EP 29/4/22 Pop rock Spotify
      Thorium Danmark Album 29/4/22 Death metal Bandcamp
      Throwe Forfald Album 29/4/22 Blackened hardcore Bandcamp
      Tina Dickow Bitte Små Ryk Album 1/4/22 Singer songwriter Spotify
      Where Did Nora Go Undivided EP 1/4/22 Indie pop Bandcamp

      Commentary:
      Six additional Danish finds this month for our second-ever NMN. Bättre! Astrid Nora is the eponymous name behind Where Did Nora Go. “Under” is their fifth EP, written largely during Covid19 lockdown, with songs crafted to be beacons of hope in a time of fear.


      Finland

      Artist Title Format Released Genre Link
      Ada Aik The Mysterious Life Of Ada Aik Album 29/4/22 Experimental pop Bandcamp
      Nelli Matula Kiltti Tyttö Album 1/4/22 Pop Spotify
      Stoned Statues Stoned Statues Album 22/4/22 Metal href+

      Commentary:
      Ada Aik is a Finnish experimental pop musician. Their debut concept album is imagined around the story of a dollhouse, with each room representing an emotional state such as depression or fear. These themes extend beyond the music into visual media which can be further explored on their website.


      Iceland

      Artist Title Format Released Genre Link
      MIMRA Finding Place Album 1/4/22 Electropop Bandcamp
      Seabear In Another Life Album 1/4/22 Indie folk Bandcamp
      Snorri Helgason Víðihlíð EP II EP 29/4/22 Indie folk Spotify

      Commentary:
      Indie folk band Seabear hold a special place in the hearts of many Icelanders. Ten years have passed since their previous album, so the cozy and imaginative folk sound of “In Another Life” has been warmly embraced. Their music video to “Parade” was posted to Tildes last week.


      Norway

      Artist Title Format Released Genre Link
      The Good The Bad
      And The Zugly
      Research And Destroy Album 8/4/22 Punk rock Bandcamp
      Gundelach ShapeShifter Album 29/4/22 Electronic Spotify
      Klossmajor Ordner Seg For Snille Jenter Album 8/4/22 Pop Spotify
      Lyse Netter Fra Diskolys Til Midnattssol Album 1/4/22 Pop SoundCloud
      Michelle Ullestad SOL EP 1/4/22 Indie pop Spotify
      Röyksopp Profound Mysteries Album 29/4/22 Electronic href+
      Sondre Lerche Avatars Of Love Album 1/4/22 Indie rock Bandcamp
      UNDERGRUNN UNDERGRUNN Album 6/4/22 Hip hop Spotify

      Commentary:
      For the big release this April we turn to Norway, where it doesn't get much bigger than Röyksopp. “Profound Mysteries” has been released to stellar reviews, with reference made to a darker, more haunting sound from the band. The visualizer music videos by Jonathan Zawada certainly amplify this feel.


      Sweden

      Artist Title Format Released Genre Link
      Arre! Arre! We Ride The Universe Album 8/4/22 Riot grrrl Bandcamp
      Clara Mae Learning Experience EP 8/4/22 Pop Spotify
      Hater Sincere Album 6/4/22 Shoegaze Bandcamp
      The Hellacopters Eyes Of Oblivion Album 1/4/22 Garage rock Bandcamp
      Henning Skymningsmusik För Dagdrömmare Album 8/4/22 Instrumental Spotify
      Hällas Isle Of Wisdom Album 8/4/22 Prog rock Bandcamp
      Jonas Lundvall Second Wind Album 29/4/22 Folk Spotify
      The Land Below Forgotten Dreams Album 29/4/22 Indie pop Spotify
      Slowgold Kärlek Album 22/4/22 Pop Spotify
      Swedish House Mafia Paradise Again Album 15/4/22 House href+
      Weeping Willows &
      Gävle Symfoniorkester
      In Concert Album 22/4/22 Pop rock Spotify
      Wolf Shadowland Album 1/4/22 Heavy metal Spotify

      Commentary:
      We should really be talking about Swedish House Mafia's debut studio album, twelve years after the release of their debut single. But the real gem among the Swedish releases this month is the return of Slowgold. Their song “Väntar” from 2017 still sees regular rotation in our house...


      Previous months: March

      6 votes
    6. New Music Nordics – Album and EP releases for March 2022

      Denmark Artist Title Format Released Genre Link Andreas Odbjerg Hjem Fra Fabrikken Album 4/3/22 Indie pop Spotify Croatian Amor Remember Rainbow Bridge Album 25/3/22 Ambient Bandcamp Commentary:...

      Denmark

      Artist Title Format Released Genre Link
      Andreas Odbjerg Hjem Fra Fabrikken Album 4/3/22 Indie pop Spotify
      Croatian Amor Remember Rainbow Bridge Album 25/3/22 Ambient Bandcamp

      Commentary:
      Only two Danish finds for the inaugral NMN post. Förlåt! Andreas's album title probably gives a clue, but it's a Danish language release. Don't be put off by the funny language though, and check out the track “i morgen er der også en dag”, with over 8 million Spotify streams.


      Finland

      Artist Title Format Released Genre Link
      As I May Karu Album 4/3/22 Metal Spotify
      Babel Yoga Horror Album 4/3/22 Indie pop SoundCloud
      Kuolemanlaakso Kuusumu Album 4/3/22 Death doom Bandcamp
      Lone Deer Laredo Lone Deer Laredo, Vol. 2 Album 18/3/22 Dream pop Spotify
      Louie Blue DIVISION 8 Album 18/3/22 Pop Linkfire
      Pehmoaino Kaukana Kotoa EP 11/3/22 Pop Spotify
      Von Hertzen Brothers Red Alert In The Blue Forest Album 18/3/22 Prog rock Spotify

      Commentary:
      I can get behind Babel's album title and the music there on it. “Eden” is a dream-like opening track from a band compared in the media to the shoegazers Slowdive and also the Cocteau Twins. I hear a little Casey Dienel's “White Hinterland” in there.


      Iceland

      Artist Title Format Released Genre Link
      Axel Flóvent Coexist EP 11/3/22 Indie folk href+
      Moddi Bråtebrann Album 18/3/22 Indie folk Bancamp
      Suð Save The Swimmers Album 15/3/22 Lofi Spotify
      Thorsteinn Einarsson Einarsson. Album 25/3/22 Pop rock Spotify
      ÞAU Taka Vestfirði Album 11/3/22 Folk SoundCloud

      Commentary:
      It's not just album releases covered on NMN, but also beautiful EP's, like Axel Flóvent's. The instrumental title track “Coexist” might not have the obvious popularity of the other tracks, but it carries a melancholic piano very reminiscent of some of Aphex Twin's tracks on “Drukqs”.


      Norway

      Artist Title Format Released Genre Link
      Jenny Hval Classic Objects Album 11/3/22 Singer songwriter href+
      Laughing Stock Zero, Acts 3&4 Album 4/3/22 Prog rock Bandcamp
      Sondre Justad En Anna Mæ Album 25/3/22 Pop SoundCloud
      Team Me Something In The Making Album 11/3/22 Indie pop href+

      Commentary:
      For those of you that missed it, Jenny Hval gave an interview to The Guardian that was posted to Tildes earlier in the month. In it they talk to Rachel Aroesti about their life and how changes in it guided the making of the avant garde musician's new album “Classic Objects”.


      Sweden

      Artist Title Format Released Genre Link
      Dark Funeral We Are The Apocalypse Album 18/3/22 Black metal href+
      Ghost Impera Album 11/3/22 Hard rock href+
      Hilding Hilding Är Död Album 25/3/22 Lofi Spotify
      Imenella Gemini Album 11/3/22 Hip hop Spotify
      Jonathan Johansson Om Vi Får Leva Album 11/3/22 Synth pop Spotify
      José González El Invento (Remix) EP 9/3/22 Indie folk href+
      Laleh Vatten Album 25/3/22 Pop Spotify
      Léon Circles Album 4/3/22 Pop Spotify
      Loom Asymmetry EP 10/3/22 Shoegazing Spotify
      Lucky Lo Supercarry Album 25/3/22 Electropop Bandcamp
      Meshuggah Immutable Album 31/3/22 Extreme metal Spotify
      MFMB Sugar Album 25/3/22 Rock Bandcamp
      New Horizon Gate Of The Gods Album 4/3/22 Power metal href+
      ORD Hemligheter På Vägen Album 21/3/22 Piano Bandcamp
      Pure Shores Nightfall Feelings EP 4/3/22 Dance pop href+
      REIN & Djedjotronic Transmutation EP 11/3/22 Electronic Bandcamp
      Sabaton The War To End All Wars Album 4/3/22 Power metal href+
      Tobias Bäckstrand Heal Album 18/3/22 Folk Spotify

      Commentary:
      Being based in Sweden means that this list is inevitably the longer of them. There are some great pop releases in March, especially with Lucky Lo's catchy release “Supercarry” among them. But for international name recognition, they are all overshadowed this month by the first new Ghost LP since 2018.


      4 votes
    7. What’s an album that’s deeply personal to you?

      Tell us about an album that means a lot to you, and, most importantly, why it means so much. What makes it resonant? Why do you connect with it so strongly? To be clear, it doesn’t have to be...

      Tell us about an album that means a lot to you, and, most importantly, why it means so much.

      What makes it resonant? Why do you connect with it so strongly?

      To be clear, it doesn’t have to be literally applicable to your life. It could be, for example, an album that you listened to at a certain point in your life and thus connect it with that. I’m asking this question more to get at the stories than the music itself. Tell me yours!

      13 votes