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Ivan Blomqvist (Sweden/Norway) – Tomheten (single/track from forthcoming album)

Reading time: 2 minutes If there’s one certainty it’s that you’ll always get high quality releases from Oslo-based label Jazzland Recordings. This time it’s the turn of Ivan Blomqvist, …

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Josefin Winther (Norway) – Walking home (single)

Reading time: 2 minutes Josefin Winther is one of those artists who get a lot of exposure in these pages but it is fully justifiable. She’s a skilful song …

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Nordic Sad (Sweden) – ’Here to survive’ (single/track from EP Unity)

Reading time: 2 minutes Feeling down in the dumps? Need a bit of cheering up? Then don’t come here. I haven’t heard of a more aptly-named band than Nordic …

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Lowly (Denmark) – You are good and I love you (single/track from forthcoming album)

Reading time: 2 minutes Lowly is a new band to me but the quintet is well known in Denmark where they are classed as dream pop experimentalists. This track, …

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Hög sjö (Sweden) – Gnosienne no. 6 (EP, forerunner to a debut album)

Reading time: 2 minutes Hög sjö translates as ‘high lake’ in Google. But ‘heavy sea’ according to the press release. Perhaps I’ll middle it and go for ‘heavy lakes’ …

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JUNI HABEL (Norway) – Rhythm of the Tides (single/track from forthcoming album)

Reading time: 2 minutes JUNI HABEL hails from rural Southern Norway where she lives in a converted school house with her grandmother. It was here, in an old classroom, …

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Nightwish (Finland) live at Resorts World Arena, Birmingham, 22 November

Reading time: 7 minutes It has been four long years, a twice postponed tour, a pandemic and several major events within the band since Nightwish last visited these shores, …

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Maja Kristina (Sweden) – Someone I used to know (single)

Reading time: 2 minutes Having just watched a bore of a World Cup opening game I was looking for a pick-me-up and I didn’t anticipate it would come in …

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Marius Ziska (Faroe Islands) – Í Aldingarðinum (In the Garden) (single/track from forthcoming album)

Reading time: 2 minutes The more I learn about the Faroese music scene (and having seen Eivør for the first time only recently) the more I likee. A lot …

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Aadal (Norway) – live at Matt & Phred’s, Manchester

Reading time: 2 minutes The autumn nights might be drawing in but there’s nothing better than a slice of Aadal’s melancholic Norwegian jazz-rock fusion to warm you up. I’m …

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Arina Mai (Denmark) – Paramount (single from forthcoming album/video)

Reading time: 2 minutes We’ve had some quite heavy duty compositions this week so time for a little pop. But not meaningless pop by any measure. In this song, …

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Video Premiere – Mårten Lärka (Sweden) –  Robot 22 (single)

Reading time: 2 minutes Today’s video follows the release of a new compilation album, ‘21’, from the “avowed eccentric” Mårten Lärka, which is a sort of ‘best of’ album. …

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Juha Kujanpää (Finland) – Old Ways, New Ways (title track from album)

Reading time: 2 minutes Juha Kujanpää is a musician and composer working in and around jazz, rock, world and theatre music. He’s released three previous albums to very positive …

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Summer Fry (Denmark) – Good people don’t hurt their lovers like this (single)

Reading time: 2 minutes Earlier this year Gurli Octavia put aside her artist moniker in favour of a new one, Summer Fry, and an up-tempo style. Even though her …

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GODTFOLKET (Denmark) – Ingen tid at spilde (single/track from forthcoming album)

Reading time: 2 minutes GODTFOLKET – the band name means ‘The Good People’ (nice to know there are still some left) and they are a family concern, consisting of …

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Marte Eberson (Norway) – Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas (single/cover)

Reading time: 3 minutes One bleak, cold, dark Sunday afternoon in late November 2020 Marte Eberson looked out of her Oslo window to a depressing scene that’s very familiar …

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