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Jonathan Johansson

Just a few years ago, the term Swedish pop was more or less synonymous with the 1960s: chipper hooks, throwback arrangements, turtlenecks, and soft-focus album covers. But in a very short time, the country's indie output-- at least as perceived from these shores-- seems to have advanced two decades, with acts like the Legends and Pacific! finding inspiration in the sounds of the early 1980s. In this regard, Jonathan Johansson is a new romantic, but not necessarily a New Romantic. He doesn't dress outlandishly or portray himself as particularly androgynous, but that label (those two words divorced of their pop-historical meaning) nicely sum up the bruised emotionalism and chilly synthcraft of his Swedish-language debut, En hand i himlen (...

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Big Fox

Big Fox is Charlotta Perers. Saturday and Cut You Out are her first two singles – written, produced and performed by the Fox herself in her living room in Malmö, Sweden.

It all started a few years ago with a strange feeling that she should be making music. She wasn’t a total beginner, but her previous experiences were rather of the more traditional style, with school choirs and 9 years of clarinet (although she now wonders why she spent so many years with that). She stopped taking piano lessons at 10, since the piano teacher realised she never practised. But somehow, for some reason, she ran into pop music, falling in love with the music of Cat Power, Feist, Frida Hyvönen, Jenny Wilson, Regina Spektor and many many more.

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