If you’re looking for some good folk-pop, then look no further; Alex Dupree and The Trapdoor Band offer a string of beautiful, well-crafted folk tunes that blends politics with poetry against a musical landscape that include banjos, acoustic guitars, fiddles and more.

Hailing from Austin, Texas, the band has just released their second full-length album, Las Meridanzas. All tracks posted here are from that record, except for “The Revolution Choir” which was recorded for the People Not Profit benefit compilation, and “Sarah Is Rising”, which is from their self-titled album released in 2005.

~“#182 Runs Late”, “The Revolution Choir”, “Sarah Is Rising” ~

Cocoanut Groove

September 10, 2007

The summer is coming to an end, and what better way than to mark this occasion than with some music?

Cocoanut Groove has managed to capture the moment where summer slowly turn into autumn, all in one song; it’s breezy and light, but you can hint the grey clouds that are growing up above, gradually blocking out the sun.

The man behind Cocoanut Groove, Swedish musician Olov Antonsson, also plays in Mattias & The Everyday Mistakes.

Crazy at it sounds, and it will once you hear their music, both of Antonsson’s acts are unsigned. But as last night’s Video Music Awards proved, big labels and expensive productions certainly don’t guarantee quality.

~ “The End of the Summer On Bookbinder Road” ~

Those Dancing Days

September 2, 2007

 

Thanks to my stint as a music-babbler at another Swedish site I got the opportunity to review the first EP by Those Dancing Days. Since I’m now writing about them here it’s pretty obvious that I enjoyed what they had to offer.

Those Dancing Days consists of five young Swedish girls, whose sound can be described as jangly twee-pop, spiced with a bit of soul and fun synthesizers. What I really love about this band though is the singer, 17-year old (!) Linnea. For someone so young, she has an amazingly expressive voice and sounds much older than she is.

The band is enjoying the beginnings of success right now; they played, amongst other gigs, at the Way Out West festival here in Sweden this summer and are working on completing their up-coming album that will be released early next year. Fact is that they already have a fan club in England!

However, when speaking of their success you can’t leave out the impact our dear friend Internet has had for Those Dancing Days. Thanks to MySpace and various music blogs, rumor about their “perfect pop songs” spread rapidly and the record labels came running. After getting signed and recording their EP, the band is now ready to become one Sweden’s most talked about acts.

~ “Hitten” ~