[album] Per och Olof – Rädd häst

R​ä​dd h​ä​st is a new compilation by the artist Per-Olof, which includes all his songs to date. It was finalized by him in Joakim Lindberg’s (Wy, Arre Arre, Hey Elbow etc.) studio in Malmö and is out now digitally and on a very limited CD via Rama Lama Records.

This nearly 30-minute release offers a stellar collection of psychedelic pop jewels, crafted meticulously and skillfully.

Unfortunately, not knowing Swedish it is hard to know what the songs are about, but they feel storytelling-driven and are very well seasoned by the sun-kissed and melodic guitars, folky arrangements and overall adventurous vibe. Great stuff.

Stream below and purchase the compilation here.

[album] Various Artists – VA. NOTATOK 1

Liky Pid Nohamy is a brand new record label from Ukraine, which has just released its debut compilation. Titled VA: NOTATOK 1, it is a fundraising album that contains compositions by musicians from Odesa and Kyiv, performed in various genres and styles: from bedroom jazz and herbal ambient to piano diary and Cossack Duma.

The idea behind the experimental release is a psychotopographic delineation of once familiar but still half-forgotten territories that have undergone unexpected transformations. The label’s creator, Viktor Konstantinov (aka Polje) has shared the below statement in the press release:

“The idea of creating a label has been in my head for a long time. It pops up from time to time, for example, when I accumulate material that can be published, or when I once again realize what talented people surround me. But this idea became especially acute after the beginning of the full-scale Russian military invasion, the first month and a half of which I spent in the house in the center of Odesa, in which in 1917-1918 the Ukranian People’s Republic activists Ivan and Yurii Lypa lived. Once I came to visit my friend, Volodymyr Chyhrynets (presented in the compilation under the pseudonym Vichnyj Gandzh) and told him about this historical fact, to which he replied that he had recently come across Yurii Lypa’s book “Ліки під ногами” (Ukranian: “Medicine underfoot”) on the Internet. As you can see, I liked this name very much, and then everything somehow pulled itself together.

The compilation “VA: NOTATOK 1″ includes 8 tracks from musicians from Odesa and Kyiv, the number is small, but the overall sound turned out to be quite coherent, despite the variety of genres. A big thank you to everyone involved in this release and the launch of the label as a whole”.

80% of the proceeds from the sales of this collection will be transferred to the accounts of several volunteer organizations that help the Ukrainian military and civilians affected by the war.

Stream below and buy the album here.

[album] Rama Lama Records 2020

Despite all the circumstances Stockholm-based Rama Lama Records had a fantastic 2020, having released new music from such stellar bands and musicians as Kluster B, Melby, Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes, Chez Ali, Loaver, and more.

To celebrate this the label is sharing a new compilation, which features songs by these acts collected in one place — a beatiful opportunity to get familiar with one of greatest indie labels around, and get excited for more things to come.

Stream below and get the release here.