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Five bands that prove Scandinavia is on top of their indie game right now

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This article first appeared on The Daily Listening.

Anyone who has heard my music collection would assume that I just have a thing for Scandinavian indie bands. I swear that’s not the case, but unless someone is planting them on me for the past year or so I seem to be randomly stumbling upon band after band hailing from those parts.

For those of you who were shithouse at Geography, Scandinavia is that part of the world that consists of those countries that are usually cold as hell, either rarely receive sunlight or get too much and are filled with the best looking people you’ve ever seen (according to popular culture). I’m talking about Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.

You know what they’re also really awesome at? Exporting epic indie bands. Here’s why.

  1. Say Lou Lou

Alright, so this first one is a half / half. Sisters Miranda and Elektra Kibley-Janssen make up the half Australian, half Swedish (based in Stockholm) electro duo Say Lou Lou. On the front line of the female indie stampede, they’ve just released the latest LP Lucid Dreaming this month and singles like “Games For Girls (feat. Lindstrom)” and “Nothing But A Heartbeat” have looked unstoppable.

  1. Kid Astray

Norwegian five-piece Kid Astray are sounding more like an LA or Brooklyn based outfit than most guys from the deep north. Tracks like “It’s Alright” and “Still Chasing Nothing” leave behind the cold, dark staples of the deep north and opt for a true summertime beat.

  1. Urban Cone

Sweden’s Urban Cone seemingly came out of nowhere, pairing up with the likes of Tove Lo in their most recent tune “Come Back To Me” and hitting airwaves more frequently by the minute. But they’ve been around for quite some time, and proving their long standing brilliance are older tunes like “Freak” and “We Should Go To France”.

  1. Kate Boy

Another Swedish sensation, Kate Boy is an electronic indie inspiration. Her music is scary powerful, filled to the brim with uniquely robotic soundscapes. In 2015, she released a self-titled EP with stupidly epic tracks like “Self Control”, “Higher” and “Northern Lights” and she absolutely needs to be taken to the top.

  1. Satellite Stories

Finally, from the lesser recognised part of Scandinavia, Satellite Stories are a group of indie-loving lads from Finland. They’ve just released their second LP entitled “Vagabonds” and have a bit of a Two Door Cinema Club vibe going on…sometimes. Super consistent indie tunes is their business and if you check out the latest album, it is shit-yourself-good.

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Satellite Stories – Vagabonds

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Everyone’s favourite Finnish band, Satellite Stories have been hitting the airwaves with a few newbies of late in an exciting start to 2015. I’ll admit, there’s not a lot of Finnish acts that are that well known outside of their country, at least in Australia. But don’t let that take anything away from the incredible set that these guys have put together so far.

Their 2013 debut Pine Trails was an absolute masterpiece. Tracks like “Season of B-Sides” and “Campfire” as well as “Lights Go Low” were eerily similar to powerhouse indie band Two Door Cinema Club, proving their heritage wasn’t anything of a gimmick on this side of the world. Their latest off the new album of the same name, “Vagabonds”, is filled with pulsating guitar, rise and fall synth and beautiful sounding falsetto, fleeting through the track with confidence, while keeping the cold soundscapes we’ve come to adore from acts out of Scandinavia.

The album “Vagabonds” is out now via iTunes and for stream on Spotify.

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Oh Yeah Finrand!

As mentioned in a previous post this week, these boys popped onto the scene a while back like a Scando version of Two Door Cinema Club with hits like Sirens and Kids Aren’t Safe In The Metro jumping out of the debut record Phrases To Break The Ice and being an absolute kick to listen to. In 2013, they’ve released the severely matured, yet no less impressive follow up Pine Trails, a musically gluttonous album that delivers one awesome track after another, leaving the average human being unable to stop themselves going back for seconds, thirds, sixteenths even. It’s a fucking good record, OK.

Highlights include Season Of B-Sides, Campfire, Australia (Don’t Ever Let Her Go) and a tune that strangely reminds me of Passion Pit in one single section of the intro, Lights Go Low. I have to say as an Australian, it’s funny to hear a Finnish band write a love song about a girl that left them to go to Australia. Sorry mate.

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Polarsets – Distance

Polarsets are an ambient three-piece, coincidentally from Newcastle-upon-tyne, England; a similar birthplace to one of my favourite acts of 2012, Little Comets. Must be something about that place that breeds originality, because these guys (and Little Comets, for that matter) have it in spades. Not just that, but add a big-arse shovel load of talent and exotic sounding synth and you’ve got a very enjoyable act indeed.

Over the last two years of being around, they’ve supported huge acts like the UK indie princes, Two Door Cinema Club and alongside many others at the launchpad of everything cool these days, the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.

The Exotica EP, released in 2012, contains a ton of gems like Tropics and the track I’ve highlighted here, Distance. Sporting a tropical sound that is increasingly becoming more popular among many inner-city bands (go figure) like Sydney’s Panama and Jinja Safari, Polarsets are fun in some ways, but mostly just incredibly chilled.

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