Lykke Li

The year isn’t even done and already I want to make ammendments to my list. For instance, no Air France. What gives? It’s not perfect, not even close, but hopefully the rest of the albums will please the ears. There’s a lot of obvious albums here which you don’t need me to tell you to listen to, but they have to be included because they’re amazing. If you missed the first half of the list, you can check it out here. Without further ado, I give you the conclusion of my Top 20 releases of 2008:

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Sweden’s newest indie starlet/semi-superstar, Lykke Li, starts off the top 10. I had a taste of how this album was going to be at the end of last year with the single “Little Bit” and she really delivered. Equal parts easy listening and indie dance, this album manages to be accessible pop and adventurous at the same time. This had to come from Sweden.

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— , December 19, 2008    6 Comments

Kate Jackson

That’s right kids, The Long Blondes will be releasing the follow-up to the truly excellent modern classic Someone to Drive You Home. The new album, Couples, will be preceded by the first single “Century” on March 24. Once again, it’s sure to be packed with references to old hollywood movies and 1960s fashionistas, with edgy, rocking guitars to boot. I haven’t found any of the songs yet, so enjoy “Swalloo Tattoo” from the debut and the hidden gem b-side “Fulwood Babylon”.

The Long Blondes – Swallow Tattoo
The Long Blondes – Fulwood Babylon

El Perro del Mar

And since it just wouldn’t be a Daniel post without something Swedish, I’m happy to announce that El Perro del Mar (Sarah Assbring) will be releasing the little sister (I could have said giving birth, but this metaphor is bad enough already) to 2005’s Look! It’s El Perro del Mar, which was simply self-titled in North America. The first single from From the Valley to the Stars is “How Did We Forget.” The horns kick ass, I’m talking “I Don’t Want to Cry” by Chuck Jackson kick ass. I’ll just throw that one in too.

El Perro del Mar – How Did We Forget
El Perro del Mar – Here Comes That Feeling

Chuck Jackson – I Don’t Want to Cry

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— , February 13, 2008    1 Comment