For many Nina Persson is the singer from The Cardigans, the woman whose face probably adorned many an NME-reading teenage boy’s wall about ten years ago. Having always had a brilliant ear for melody (if not always the success those melodies deserved) Persson started a musical side-project entitled A Camp.
Way back in 2001, A Camp released one of the best singles of the noughties, the delectable ‘I Can Buy You’.
Unfortunately, the rest of their self-titled debut (produced with Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse) failed to match that standard and Persson shuffled off back to The Cardigans. Well, they’re back with a new album, Colonia, due out in February, and this is the first single, ‘Stronger Then Jesus’.
It’s a slow-burner and no mistake, but give it a few listens and it sinks in like a warm balm.
The album features contributions from Joan As Policewoman, James Aha formerly of Smashing Pumpkins and the drummer from Guided By Voices. Nice.