Parker Lewis releases new album “Sorti”

Parker Lewis - Sorti

 

 Parker Lewis is Emil Johansson. In 2015 he brings this alter ego into a new phase. The new album, Sorti; ten songs about hate, oceans and death. He falls apart and gets put back together right in front of our eyes and ears. It’s a silent explosion that will demand your attention.I’ve always written songs about holding your ground, standing strong and walking tall. But when I read the lyrics to this album now it seems like it’s more about leaving. Not really fleeing – more just like giving up”. One of the warmest days in the summer of 2014. Emil’s mother called him. Cancer. Six months later she was gone, 62 years old. Every line I’ve written since has been some kind of attempt to learn how to live with it. ”Sorti”, the title song, is for me about what my mother had time to say to me before she passed, and also the things that I know that I would’ve needed to hear but she never got the time to say.” In 2006 Parker Lewis’ sample based pop music was heard for the first time. Two years later the self titled debut album was released to critical acclaim. In 2010 he threw away the samples. Showed his angry side and his political views and started singing in his mother tounge. The sophomore album ”Pengar och Leenden” (Money and smiles) came out in 2011. Four years have passed since. ”I recorded the framework of an album that I played for my ex-label two years ago. I had been working on the songs for two years, but on my way from this meeting I realized that I needed to make something completely different. Something for myself”. The new album is something completely different. From the metallic rythms of ”Dimridån” to the autotuned sobbing of album closer ”Mamma” (swedish for Mom). With layers of synth brass and fretless bass as themes for an album that echoes of the love songs Emil fell in love with in his childhood. An album of anthems, filled with despair. Sorti is available on a special limited edition transparent 12″ vinyl, and digital.

 Parker Lewis è lo pseudonimo con cui Emil Johansson continua a mandarci dalla Svezia bellissime canzoni. Il 2015 segna per Emil il momento di portare questo alter ego ad un nuovo livello con l’ultimo album, Sorti: dieci tracce che parlano di odio, di oceani e di morte. Dieci canzoni in cui Emil crolla e si rialza davanti ai nostri occhi a alle nostre orecchie. E ‘una silenziosa esplosione dalla quale non possiamo distogliere lo sguardo. “Ho sempre scritto canzoni che parlano di determinazione, del camminare a testa alta e con lo sguardo avanti… Ma quando ho riletto i testi di questo album mi sembra che parli di sfuggire… Non proprio nel senso di fuga, ma più un lasciarsi andare “. Uno dei giorni più caldi dell’estate del 2014 sua madre lo chiama: cancro… Sei mesi più tardi se n’era andata, a 62 anni. “Ogni riga che ho scritto da quando è successo, è stato una sorta di tentativo per imparare a vivere con questa realtà. “Sorti”, la canzone che da il titolo all’album, rappresenta per me quello che mia madre mi ha detto prima di morire, e ciò che avrei voluto sentirmi dire ma non ha avuto il tempo di dirmi”. Parker Lewis si è presentato per la prima volta nel 2006 con delle tracce deliziosamente pop che danzavano su basi e campionamenti, per poi tornare due anni dopo con l’omonimo “Parker Lewis”, album accolto positivamente da fans e recensioni. Nel 2010 Emil abbandona i campioni e mostra la sua rabbia e le sue idee, spostandosi anche dal cantato in inglese al suo svedese, sfociando nel 2011 nell’ album “Pengar och Lenden” (Soldi e Sorrisi). “Stavo facendo ascoltare le registrazioni del demo per il quarto album al boss della mia vecchia etichetta; avevo lavorato ai pezzi per due anni, e finito quell’incontro mi resi conto che dovevo fare qualcosa di diverso, qualcosa per me stesso.” E questo nuovo album è qualcosa di completamente diverso che taglia i ponti col suo passato: passando dai ritmi metallici di “Dimridån” fino ai singhiozzi in auto-tune della conclusiva “Mamma”, strati di synth, ottoni e basso fretless si sommano a formare il tema di un album che fa riecheggiare le canzoni d’amore con cui Emil è cresciuto. Un album di inni, pieno di disperazione. Sorti esce su vinile trasparente 12″ in edizione limitata e in digitale.

 

 

 

Frida & Ale – I don’t like to see others having fun

Once upon a time there was a Swedish band called Rough Bunnies, formed by two gals who played indie-pop as if it were punk: exceeding passion and a bit of sauciness. One half of the band was Frida Vermina, who kept playing music even after the end of the “bunnies”.
On the southern side of Europe, on the Italian hills, Ale has never stopped loving Frida’s music – and now, with his help, Frida’s music has finally become an album.
After sharing the stage a number of times with each other’s band throughout the years, Frida & Ale have seen each other whenever there was a chance (mostly depending on low-cost flights). Neither of the two speaks the other’s language, but nonetheless, with emails and Skype-calls between the Brescian hills and the streets of Malmö, their debut “I Don’t Like to See Others Having Fun” can finally see the light.
This is an indie-pop album painted with water-colors and seeking simplicity thorugh its’ acoustic tones (think about a bitterer Lucksmiths reincarnation meeting a more disciplined version of the Moldy Peaches); ideally these songs are for all the connoisseurs of meaningless self-desctructive love, and for those who love nights of endless dreams.
“I Don’t Like To See Others Having Fun” was recorded in Brescia (Italy), at Red Carpet Studio, and was mastered by Lorenzo Caperchi. Many of the WWNBB’s family participated in one way or another: Fabio Benni, Ombretta Ghidini, Alessandro Stefana, Nicola Donà, Simone Gelmini, Michele Marelli, Samuele Palazzi and Daniela Savoldi played guitars, basses, drums, slide-guitars, keyboards, cellos, glockenspiels, and even recorded some vocals.
It might be true that Frida & Ale “don’t like to see others having fun”, but for sure they like to make them have fun!.

C’era una volta una band svedese chiamata Rough Bunnies. Erano due fanciulle che suonavano indiepop come se fosse punk, con esuberante passione e una certa insolenza. Spezzarono non pochi cuori anche in Italia. La metà non bionda della band, Frida, ha continuato a fare musica anche dopo la fine della “conigliette”, e ora quella musica con l’aiuto di Alessandro Paderno (dei nostri Le Man Avec Les Lunettes) è finalmente diventata un disco.
Dopo avere condiviso tour e palchi con le rispettive band, in questi anni Frida e Ale hanno continuato a incontrarsi ogni volta che potevano, dipendeva un po’ dalle offerte dei voli low-cost. Nessuno dei due parla la lingua dell’altro, eppure tra scambi di mille email e lunghe telefonate su Skype la sera tardi, tra le colline bresciane e le strade di Malmö I Don’t Like To See Others Having Fun ha finalmente preso forma.
Un disco di indiepop dai colori primaverili e dai toni acustici che insegue la massima semplicità (pensate a qualcosa a metà strada tra una reincarnazione meno dolce dei Lucksmiths e una più disciplinata dei Moldy Peaches), e che idealmente è dedicato a tutti gli “intenditori di amori privi di senso che portano all’autodistruzione” e agli appassionati di “notti di sogni senza fine”. I Don’t Like To See Others Having Fun è stato registrato al Red Carpet Studio di Brescia e masterizzato da Lorenzo Caperchi. Un sacco di musicisti della famiglia WWNBB hanno dato una mano: Fabio Benni, Ombretta Ghidini, Alessandro Stefana, Nicola Donà, Simone Gelmini, Michele Marelli, Samuele Palazzi e Daniela Savoldi hanno suonato chitarre, bassi, batterie, tastiere, viole, violoncelli e glockenspiel, e hanno regalato anche alcuni preziosi cori.
Sarà anche vero che qualche volta “non ci piace vedere gli altri che si divertono”, ma di sicuro ci piace farli divertire.

 

Frida & Ale – Crazy Love

We can’t contain our excitement in announcing that Frida & Ale will release a 10″ vinyl in April! The duo’s forthcoming album is titled “I Don’t Like to See Others Having Fun” and today we can listen to the first single, Crazy Love. Asked about the track, Frida commented: “It is a song that was supposed to be fast, even faster than how it sounds here, but when we recorded it, we were so tired from being in the sun that we played it slow!”
The Swedish pace meets the Italian sun.. and pop-jewels are born!
You can now pre-order the limited edition 10″ vinyl here: pre-order EUpre-order US

De Montevert, Friends & Enemies

It is 2010 and De Montevert have gained alot ot attention on her own her blog and her Soundcloud account. The listeners are many and dedicated. It is 2011 and she writes that song that makes everyone stop and listen. “Skyll pá mig” is picked up on swedish national radio rotation instantly and the Video tor the song is being blogged about all over the blogosphere.

Now it is 2012 and De Montevert have during the past year recorded an album that is filled with gorgeous popsongs. De Montevert, or Ellirior, is now ready to have the whole world sing along with her songs. We are extremely happy to release this special EP with the english songs included in her debut album Vänner & Oväîrmer, one of this years most exciting debut album.

Tracklist

1. Cat Jones
2. Positive Effects
3. High On You
4. Within
5. Rebel Yell
6. The Ghost

Dream baby, by Parker Lewis

Pengar & Leenden is swedish for “Money & Smiles”. Pengar & Leenden is a story about trying to stand back to back when the ground crumbles and the sky falls down. Pengar & Leenden is the new album from the amazing swedish artist Parker Lewis and it will be released on WWNBB collective at the end of September on 12″ vinyl.

Dream Baby is the first single from Pengar & Leenden and we are so proud to share it with you! Press play and let your ears enjoy it!

Parker Lewis – Dream Baby by Playground Music

Here’s a nice video filmed a few days ago when Parker Lewis played on Nyhetsmorgon, one of the biggest shows on swedish television. Pretty cool!