Want to give the gift of awesome music this Christmas, but don’t know where to begin? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered in our handy album gift guide!
Here at Nordic Playlist we’re all about discovering the best music from across the Nordic region, and seeing as it’s Christmas, we’re super keen to share our favourites with our nearest and dearest. With that in mind, and seeing as we’re getting down to the wire with regards to last minute shopping, we’ve selected some great albums from across the year which we’ve loved, and then some classics as well for good measure!
Danish/Finnish supergroup Liima had really busy year! They toured basically the entire universe, curated a Nordic Playlist and released their brilliant debut album ii. Got that special someone in your life who just wishes Efterklang would release a new album? Well those guys are 3/4 of Liima, so there’s a 75% chance they’ll love ii!
What about an album for someone who prefers their tunes a little darker and a lot more electronic? We’ve got the solution – Trentemøller‘s latest, Fixion! It features some of the stellar collaborators he tipped in his Nordic Playlist, and if you want to get that special someone something extra, you can try to win tickets for his upcoming UK tour!
How about an alt. rock classic? Sometimes when a band have a whole bunch of albums, it’s hard to know where to start, but if you want to give someone a beginners guide to the brilliant band Mew, then their 2003 album Frengers is a great place to start!
Lake Jons are a cool up-and-coming new band from Finland, and they recently did a fantastic session at our Nordic Playlist Radio Bar! Their Explode EP is the perfect gift for that music fan in your life who wants to be ahead of the curve!
Samaris fist enchanted and beguiled us with their moody, atmospheric and darkly warped electronic sounds, but with the release of Black Lights, they’ve leapt from that foundation into entirely new territory – the dancefloor! With addictive low-slung beats, a gentle shimmy to Black Lights is the perfect way to combat Christmas excesses.
Sindri ‘Sin Fang‘ Sigfússon has a knack for getting talented people to collaborate with him, and his latest album Spaceland is proof! Featuring the likes of Sóley, Sigur Rós‘ Jónsi, JFDR and Farao, the record is a more electronic turn for this incredibly special artist, and a total delight – with and without help from his friends!
Earlier this year múm performed some of their best-loved tracks with Kronos Quartet at Iceland Airwaves festival, and it served as a reminder of just how magical and timeless their album Finally We Are No One is! For that person who wants to spend the festive season drifting on a cloud, here’s the perfect gift!
We know, we know – you may well be Christmas party-ed out by this point, but what about when you need a high energy pick-me up in a few months time? Well, gigantic pop hits are what you need, and who better to provide them than A-ha? Just try out their iconic hit ‘Take On Me’ and you’ll be right back in the party mood!
Peter Bjorn and John‘s latest album Breakin’ Point is proof that they are consistently one of the best indie-rock bands around. When they curated their Nordic Playlist, they told us it was “a homage to all the other albums in the world of pop music.” – perhaps this one could be bought as a gift for you, too!
Wrapping up our gift guide (sorry, we couldn’t resist) has to be a band with one of the best Christmas songs around – The Hives! OK, OK, we know – ‘A Christmas Duel’, their collaboration with 80s pop icon Cyndi Lauper isn’t actually on this record, but it’s still worth getting for anyone who enjoys, riffs, rocking out and generally just having the best time. Your New Favourite Band was a sort of ‘best of’ record which took all the most blistering cuts from their first few records, neatly packaged for international audiences. All killer, no filler – except when it comes to stockings, where it’s the perfect filler!