Anyone familiar with Musick will know that we’re quite big fans of all things Scandinavian. From Robyn to Lykke Li to Fever Ray to Wildbirds & Peacedrums to Roxette to Ace of Base (ahem). Well, add to that ever growing list another name- Manna. She looks like this:
Born in Paris, but now living in Finland, Manna makes the kind of music that Scandinavians seem to create in their sleep. ‘Some Girls/Some Boys’ is deliciously catchy, cloaked in melody and carries that magnetic quality that Scando-pop (no? No.) must have. First listen you think it’s pretty good, then it reveals itself even more second time around and by the third listen you want to track Manna down and marry her. It’s what LadyHawke would sound like if she weren’t always seemingly half asleep.
Manna isn’t on youtube yet, so click on her myspace instead.
While we’re at it, here’s another Scandinavian pop star by the name of Erik Hassle from Sweden. ‘Hurtful’ has been described by ‘friend of the blog’ Marina from Marina & The Diamonds as “really heartfelt cringe-pop”*, which sounds about right and is in no way a bad thing:
It’s nice to see the girl from Annie still getting work too.
*Well, she was actually quoting someone else, so it is in fact a quote of a quote of a quote, so doesn’t accurately reflect the opinions of Marina per se. Glad we cleared that up.