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Pastis (FI) – “Around Here”

Finnish band Pastis’ “Around Here” (from the album’s debut album Circles) is more than a fun song about having fun. In the song’s three-and-a-half minutes, Pastis’ frontman paints pictures of fun nights out on the town, but the journey toward feeling mentally assured enough to have fun in the first place is just as important a […]

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IRAH (DK) – “Unity of Gods”

Stine Grøn and Adi Zukanović, best known as the Danish duo IRAH, describe the creation of their recent single “Unity of Gods” (from their upcoming debut album, Diamond Grid, out May 24 on ever-amazing Danish label Tambourhinoceros) as “a playful process.” Whimsy is indeed common across the track’s five minutes, but only in its pianos; otherwise, the […]

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Softcore Untd. (NO) – “Gi Meg Tid”

One look at the band name Softcore Untd. and the artwork for its recent single “Gi Meg Tid” might get listeners thinking, “What in the world is Softcore Untd.?” A better question, upon listening to “Gi Meg Tid” is, “What in the world isn’t Softcore Untd.?” On the Norwegian band’s most recent single, the quartet blends together every […]

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Prins Oblonsky (NO) – “Østerdalen”

Prins Oblonsky isn’t the first musician to convey movement with few tools, but he’s certainly one of the more interesting voices in minimal techno right now. “Østerdalen,” the third of four tracks on Oblonsky’s debut EP, Dreams on Hold (out now via Beatservice), rarely seems to have more than four or five sonic layers, but it’s hard not […]

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Lake Jons (FI) – “Circle”

Lake Jons doesn’t stop. The folk-rock project of Helsinki-based Jooel Jons released its self-titled debut album last year to fanfare from major Finnish radio stations, inclusion in Spotify playlists around the world, and a set at the incredible Finnish event known as Flow Festival (to which tickets are currently on sale). “Circle” isn’t from that album […]

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Intertwine (NO) – “Alone”

In case you missed the memo, we here at Nordic Spotlight are huge fans of Norwegian artist Tarjei Ekelund, who records and performs under the name Intertwine. Following last fall’s fantastic standalone single “Let Go,” Ekelund has returned with a luxuriant, smooth-as-silk track titled “Alone.” As with “Let Go,” “Alone” arrives via a Norwegian label […]

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