”Hallucination” is the latest and so far sleekest release from Stockholm duo Heart/Dancer. A while back, the duo signed to Sommarhjärta, home of Summer Heart, Death In The Afternoon and Sameblod, in other words, currently one of Sweden’s most interesting electronic pop labels. In line with the label’s tradition, “Hallcunation” comes through with an elegant, languid instrumentation combined with a strong nostalgic vibe. Listen above and check out more from the band here.
A few weeks back we featured Malmö based record label Sommarhjärta’s latest release “Let’s Talk” by Swedish duo Death In The Afternoon. Here, the track gets a characteristically balmy and sun-splashed remake from label-head David Alexander and his Summer Heart moniker. Embedded below is also Summer Heart’s latest single “Sleep” from a yet untitled and undated full-length album. If you’re in Malmö this Saturday, make sure to catch him live on stage at Babel along with chillwave pioneer Blackbird Blackbird.
It’s not surprising that Swedish duo Death in the Afternoon eventually found their way on to David Alexander’s Sommarhjärta label. The sentiment of their latest track “Let’s Talk” is strongly reminiscent of the breezy, escapist synth-pop Alexander has been carving out over the past few years under the Summer Heart moniker. But while Summer Heart has that balmy, romantic atmosphere within a loosely defined, sepia-filtered memory of the 80s, “Let’s Talk” is downright groovy and straightforward. As often the case with this type of music, there is a nagging sense that you’ve heard it before, which frankly is part of the purpose of music that wants to jump start our attention of the present by jogging our memory of the pasts. Yet, there is clearly more to “Let’s Talk” than just plain nostalgia. “Let’s Talk” pulls from disparate genres and melds them beautifully together underneath Christian Nanzell’s downy, understated vocals. If there were such a thing as “disco-wave”, or “chilled-disco”, “Let’s Talk” would serve as an anthem. Give it a couple of listens, I promise it will stick.