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Rikke Normann (Norway) – Circles (single)

Reading time: < 1 minute Rikke Normann (Norway) – Circles (single) First appearance in NMC this year for Rikke Normann, the Queen of Living Room Shows delivered straight into peoples’ …

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Jonsson United (Sweden) – Hoppsan för helvete (single)

Reading time: 2 minutes Jonsson United (Sweden) – Hoppsan för helvete (single) Mr Google offers ‘Whoop the hell’ but I’m assured by the band that ‘Hoppsan för helvete’ translates …

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Red Cell (Sweden) – We will be birds tonight (single)

Reading time: 2 minutes Red Cell (Sweden) – We will be birds tonight (single) Birds. A popular theme for song writers. Nelly Furtado, Antony & the Johnsons, and Sweden’s …

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Di Leva (Sweden) – Fire of Love (single/track from forthcoming album)

Reading time: 2 minutes Di Leva (Sweden) – Fire of Love (single/track from forthcoming album) Di Leva has spent the last six months touring his consistently sold-out David Bowie …

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Siv Jakobsen (Norway) – Gardening (album)

Reading time: 6 minutes Siv Jakobsen (Norway) – Gardening (album) Siv Jakobsen really is a gardener. Not so much in the Monty Don or Carol Klein tradition but she …

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Lush Lullaby (Denmark) – Demons (sample track from EP Waiting for the Sun)

Reading time: 2 minutes Lush Lullaby (Denmark) – Demons (sample track from EP Waiting for the Sun) I was just in the mood for a bit of punk, having …

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Lowly (Denmark) – Seasons (single/track from forthcoming album)

Reading time: 2 minutes Lowly (Denmark) – Seasons (single/track from forthcoming album) A bit of electronic dream pop for ya, tonight. I don’t often feature bands within two months …

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Weekend Intermission – néomí (Suriname/Netherlands) – skipping stone (single)

Reading time: 2 minutes Weekend Intermission – néomí (Suriname/Netherlands) – skipping stone (single) Weekend Intermission is our regular feature where we look at an artist or band not from …

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Old Man Blues (Denmark) – Sex without love (sample track from album Ready for Fun)

Reading time: 2 minutes Old Man Blues (Denmark) – Sex without love (sample track from album Ready for Fun) ‘Sex without love.’ That got your attention didn’t it? Sounds …

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Signe Marie Rustad (Norway) – Waiting (single/track from forthcoming album)

Reading time: 2 minutes Signe Marie Rustad (Norway) – Waiting (single/track from forthcoming album) I was confident that we’d featured Signe Marie Rustad in the past but apparently not, …

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Maliika (Sweden) – Say Goodbye (single)

Reading time: 2 minutes Maliika (Sweden) – Say Goodbye (single) No, it isn’t say goodbye to love and there’s no guitar solo that’s probably the best ever, but it’s …

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Mary Anne’s Polar Rig (Sweden) – Dopamine Detox (single/track from forthcoming album)

Reading time: 2 minutes I like tunes. Strong tunes. Memorable tunes. And that isn’t the reason I decided to feature this song, ‘Dopamine Detox’,which will also be on the …

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KLIMAFORANDRINGER (Denmark) – M​ø​rket på Solens Krop (single/track from forthcoming album)

Reading time: 2 minutes As readers may know by now, I don’t buy fully into the ‘climate crisis’ but if an artist/band has something new to say on the …

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Video of the week – Almost Dead Men (Sweden) – Angry Man (single)

Reading time: 2 minutes Almost Dead Men haven’t crawled into a corner yet. No sir. I don’t know if they’re in the habit of releasing one new single each …

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William Hut (Norway) – Don’t give up (Single)

Reading time: 2 minutes One of my favourite songs, tastefully delivered by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush, and even more so by Gabriel and Paula Cole. And yes, it …

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Rasmus Nelausen (Denmark) – Recollections (single/track from forthcoming album)

Reading time: 2 minutes Philosophical, even stoical, songs are released at all times and we were inundated with them during the pandemic lockdowns. Otherwise, a new year is a …

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Soffía (Iceland) – Á Áfangasta (single)

Reading time: 2 minutes You might remember Soffía from previously. She was Soffía Björg (and technically still is I suppose), but got a makeover somewhere on the road to …

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Myrkvi (Iceland) – Draumabyrjun (The Perfect Start) – single

Reading time: 2 minutes Myrkvi has been here before, last year, with the song ‘Villt fræ’ but he’s undergone a rebirth of sorts since then, becoming a duo again. …

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NORD (Sweden) – A Military Option (single/track from forthcoming album)

Reading time: 2 minutes NORD, or NORD Orchestra as they are also known, paid us a visit only a couple of months ago. I described them as “serious, deep …

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Weekend Intermission – Greatest Songs Ever (3): The Moody Blues – Nights in White Satin

Reading time: 4 minutes Weekend Intermission is our regular feature where we look at an artist or band not from the Nordic countries, just to mix things up a …

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Elviise (Sweden) – Will we survive (single/track from forthcoming album)

Reading time: 2 minutes I’ll be frank about this; I wasn’t instantly attracted to this song. But things got better on subsequent hearings. To their credit Elviise offers both …

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Dear Amber (Denmark) – Roadkill (single/track from forthcoming album)

Reading time: < 1 minute I’ll tell you this. It takes some balls to release an alt-rock single on the 2022nd anniversary of Baby Jesus rocking in his manger in …

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Ljug Aldrig (Sweden) – Seashells (single)

Reading time: 2 minutes Is this a case of split personality? Ljug Aldrig is ‘Roosen’, a visual artist, singer and songwriter from Stockholm. Roosen holds a Fine Art Master’s …

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Nordic Music Central Top 10 articles of 2022

Reading time: 4 minutes We’ve had the Top Singles and Albums/EPs, now is the time to list the most popular articles of 2022 as decided by the number of …

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Aggressive Soccer Moms (Sweden) – That’s how I feel (single)

Reading time: 2 minutes No it isn’t Sophia Allison and she hasn’t joined forces with Millwall fans to be a football hooligan (although that would make for an interesting …

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Nordic Music Central EPs and Albums of the year, 2022

Reading time: 12 minutes Featured artists: Pom Poko; Rikke Normann; SkarWorx; Stella Explorer; Ask Carol; Highasakite; Stinako; Tiergarten; Lydmor. To my eternal shame I realised that I only reviewed …

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Elias Bendix (Denmark) – Who’s to blame? (Single)

Reading time: 2 minutes My parents used to have a Bendix washing machine (more accurately a Tricity-Bendix, the latter part being the brand name) and, would you Adam and …

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Tinyhawk & Bizzarro (Finland) – Yorokobi (single/track from forthcoming album)

Reading time: 2 minutes Have we had an experimental instrumental rock group before? I can’t think of one. That’s what Tinyhawk & Bizzarro amount to. What’s more they are …

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Ove Markström (Sweden) – Orkar inte mer (sample track from album Från Kågevägen till Skånegatan)

Reading time: < 1 minute Everything is in Swedish with this one folks, but I managed to figure some of it with the help of our old friend Mr Google. …

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Tomma Intet (Sweden) – Home is what I call the void (single/track from forthcoming EP)

Reading time: 2 minutes Having dusted off this year’s singles review it’s back to the day job and I had a choice between this song from Tomma Intet (English: …

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Nordic Music Central – Singles of the Year, 2022

Reading time: 9 minutes So it’s that time of the year again, choosing NMC’s ‘Singles of the Year’ (Albums/EPs to follow). It is always hard because very good songs …

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Jonas Sjøvaag (Norway) – Nineteen (single)

Reading time: 2 minutes Who was it that sang “n-n-n-n-nineteen”? Yep, Paul Hardcastle, kindly informing us that was the average age of the US General Infantryman in the Vietnam …

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Digvalley (Norway) – I had you (single)

Reading time: 2 minutes Digvalley (Eirik Bøen Gravdal), who is out of Bergen, or pretty close by, paid us a visit earlier in the year with a collaborative effort …

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Felisia Westberg (Sweden) – Hymn (sample track from album Himlavandrare)

Reading time: 2 minutes Felisia Westberg is a new name to me but is an artist who is well known in Sweden as a highly prominent bass player as …

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NMC Spotify Playlist #11 – October/November 2022

Reading time: < 1 minute We’re covering a lot of ground this time so I’ve extended the playlist to 15 songs. Again, some very good songs don’t make the cut …

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Video of the week – Memoria (Sweden) – Canary (single)

Reading time: 2 minutes If you read my previous review of Memoria you will know I was a tad disappointed by ‘Girl’ and the video for it. The Swedish …

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Scarlett’s Garden (Sweden) – Break like glass (single)

Reading time: 2 minutes Doing some research on Scarlett’s Garden I discovered they’ve previously recorded a song called ‘6 feet below’. I hope there’s no-one buried there. Saga and …

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Among Lynx (Sweden) – Lola Luna (single)

Reading time: 2 minutes Funnily enough, even before I’d read the PR that came with the email about this new song from Among Lynx, I’d made a mental connection …

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An.Kara (Norway/Poland) – Selmas Hus (Selma’s House) title track from album

Reading time: 2 minutes Output is limited presently owing to the demands of the World Cup, but I’m trying my best! Hand on heart I swear you get more …

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Rikke Normann (Norway) – Spare Key (single)

Reading time: 2 minutes Anyone following this publication will know by now that I have a lot of time for Rikke Normann. When we ran the rule over her …

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