Seeking quality Scandinavian (synth) pop
May 23, 2020 1:03 PM   Subscribe

I love the eponymous album Sin Cos Tan, by Finnish duo Juho Paalosmaa and Jori Hulkkonen which came out in like 2012 or so. For one thing, it’s a great soundtrack for driving around an urban city at night. Sample track: Sooner Than You Think; Spotify link. It made me curious what other quality Scandiavian acts I’ve been missing in the same genre. An initial search yielded nothing of merit. Any recommendations?
posted by jimmymcvee to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
 
You might have better luck searching for “Nordic” pop.
posted by pairofshades at 1:23 PM on May 23 [1 favorite]


Beatservice Records is a Norwegian label that may have some things you enjoy. A lot of may skew a bit more "house" but there are probably some good contenders for what you're going for. As far as I know, they're all Norwegian artists.

SmalltownSupersound is another Norwegian label, although it's not exclusively Norwegian artists. Not everything is going to fit into your aesthetic, but worth looking through.
posted by darksong at 2:14 PM on May 23


Rupesh Cartel - it's more aggressive dance pop than your linked song but it's definitely synthpop and oh man are their songs good (another favorite)
posted by ropeladder at 2:44 PM on May 23


Are you familiar with The Knife/Fever Ray?

Sally Shapiro is more pop.

Iamwhoiam - there's other stuff I like better but I'm striking out on finding it at the moment

Aurora
posted by Candleman at 2:59 PM on May 23


Thanks for all these recs. I’m looking into them.
posted by jimmymcvee at 7:47 PM on May 23


Check out Vibeke Saugestad - she's Norwegian and very prolific both in her native Norway and here in the states: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3y05xlwt3KigGrq25OwvbL?si=FC02I3qRRYCci5a5LAgZWg

(Full disclosure: she is a friend of mine, we travel in the same music circles in the Hudson Valley.)
posted by nayantara at 9:29 AM on May 24


Argh html fail and I'm on my phone so sorry.
posted by nayantara at 9:30 AM on May 24


Iceland's 2020 Eurovision song Think About Things by Daði og Gagnamagnið (Wikipedia) is a synth-pop banger. (I haven't checked but I'd be embarrassed if there's no "previously" link.)
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=r-dMhpgj0PA

Nth-ing Todd Terje.
posted by k3ninho at 5:54 PM on May 24


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