Sweden is an endless font of interesting new music, and offers a Northern European alternative (i.e., the music is distinct from U.S. and British trends) to the sounds coming out of Los Angeles, New York and London. As such, there is never a want for artists stirring up new excitement.
Perhaps the buzziest is sister act First Aid Kit, signed to the Knife's Rabid Records. The band's rustic folk sounds have won it a devout following, and a cover of Fleet Foxes' "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" immediately endeared the duo to the Seattle band. For Johanna and Klara Soderberg, Stockholm's Debaser is "the ultimate rock club. Perfect capacity--800 people--so you can connect with everyone in the room."
The young duo Cazzette represent the new face of the Swedish electronic scene. The pair's November debut album, "Eject," was the first to be released exclusively on Spotify, and was met with glowing reviews. "We really loved playing the Globe [globearenas.se] with Avicii," the two enthuse. "The energy at those massive parties is amazing."
Singer/pianist Amanda Mair signed to Labrador Records at just 16 years old in 2010. The following year, her debut single "House," a synth-driven slice of endearing eccentricity, found her being compared to Kate Bush and Bat for Lashes. Her self-titled 2012 debut album, produced by Philip Ekstrom of Gothenburg's Mary Onettes, was a wonder of lavish electro pop, with some of the quirks reined in; it hit No. 16 on the Swedish chart.
Junip first appeared in 2005, though it wasn't until 2012 that the group released its debut album, the highly acclaimed "Fields." Led by multi-culti boy wonder Jose Gonzalez--he's a Swede, but with strong Argentine roots--the act's music somehow manages to incorporate everything from African rhythms to English psychedelia to keyboardist Tobias Winterkon's spacey synth stylings, setting the band virtually in a genre of its own making. Junip's self-titled sophomore album will be released stateside by Mute on April 23, followed by a U.S. tour in June.