More Music From The Inbox, 14 February 2015: Lilla Vargen, All Tvvins, The Dahmers, Alfie Connor, Fluoride

Artist / Song: “This Is Love” by Lilla Vargen
Album: n/a
The few online write-ups I’ve come across about Lilla Vargen and her debut single “This Is Love” note the same thing: that there’s not much that’s known about her, other than she’s from Ireland. (To add to the mystery, one said she’s from Belfast; the other, Dublin.) And that “This Is Love” is a fall-from-the-skies gem, a solo voice and piano track that, as the lyrics suggest, comes with promises.
Link / listen / watch: [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/186776234″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]

Artist / Song: “Thank You” by All Tvvins
Album: n/a
Another Irish act, indie pop duo All Tvvins will make you think less of the other double-V band out there, Toronto’s Alvvays, and more of Las Vegas’s The Killers, albeit peppier. Formed mere months ago, All Tvvins are starting to make noise in the UK with a bunch of airplay on BBC, so vvatch out.
Link / listen / watch: [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/190420161″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]

Artist / Song: “Stalker” by The Dahmers
Album: Demon
Horror-punk à la The Misfits is not new, but it sure is fun, certainly as played by Swedish four-piece The Dahmers. Their 11-track LP Demons is stuffed with short sharp-riffed tracks with titles that can’t be serious, like “Dripping Blood,” “Creepy Crawl,” and stand-out “Stalker.” Keep this for Halloween.
Link / listen / watch: [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150736641″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]

Artist / Song: “Stranger” by Alfie Connor
Album: n/a
“Stranger,” from 24-year-old UK singer/songwriter Alfie Connor, might be a bit too sweet for some ears, but its restrained production — focussing on Connor’s guitar picking and R&B-tinged voice — is a welcome introduction.
Link / listen / watch: [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/190244746″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]

Artist / Song: “Sleep” by Fluoride
Album: Material, out 3/03/15
Shouty, bass-heavy “Sleep” is not what you might expect from the lead singer of far lighter indie rock group Beach Fossils, but it packs a punch, maybe more uppercut than roundhouse. Either way, it sure won’t send you to sleep, and perhaps its brooding get-under-your-skin tone could have stolen the “Stalker” title from The Dahmers.
Link / listen / watch: [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/184915106″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]

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