Last month, Swedish artist Linn Koch-Emmery unveiled her debut album, Being The Girl. To celebrate the release, we asked her to share 5 Swedish artists that inspired the singer in her youth.
Speaking of the record, Koch Emmery shares: ”For me, songwriting has always been more about feelings than finesse. In my world, the best song is a song where you can cry and run to at the same time, that balances on the border between euphoria and sadness. This album contains everything from straightforward guitar pop songs, personal emotional holes to diary entries and dark humour and irony, as an attempt of self-distance from myself”
Being The Girl is out now! Check out Linn Koch-Emmery's Top 5 Swedish artists that inspired her whilst growing up.
This might sound a bit like a joke, but growing up in Sweden I don't think there's a girl or boy that hasn't been dancing and singing to ABBA as a kid. My first record was their greatest hits album ABBA Gold and I remember listening until it was so scratched and damaged, it was impossible to repeat Mamma Mia.
Everyone in Sweden knows the band Kent. They were a huge part of my, and many in my generations, youth. Describing the music I'd say it's very melancholic, melodic and euphoric. The lyrics are all in Swedish, except one album they translated. I think Kent is the only music that could convince me to ever sing in Swedish. I used to cry a lot to many of their songs. I still listen to them a lot.
SHOUT OUT LOUDS
Another band I listened to a lot while growing up and playing in bands in high school was Shout Out Louds. Like Kent, they are also quite melancholic. I did watch them by myself, drunk, at a festival a couple of years ago and it gave me that exact same feeling as watching them in my teens. I remember I was obsessed with the song Impossible.
More nostalgia and a lot of teenage despair from the west coast of Sweden. I recommend everyone to listen to Shoreline and No Time For Us. Swedish classics, enough said.
I love Franska Trion, they are actually still around. The lyrics are amazing, I can just spend time reading them as poems, which they 100% are. They're the perfect mix of everyday realism, fun and sad nostalgia. You never know if you're gonna laugh or just cry. The way he sings about heartbreak and failing relationships is just liberating.