Friday Bridge is the musical vehicle for Ylva Lindberg and Niklas Gustafsson. The music of Friday Bridge has been described as a mixture of modern electronic pop and the pop music of the ’80s – sometimes with references to classical music, for example in the use of the harpsichord in the otherwise electronic instrumentation.
Friday Bridge was founded in 2004, and quickly got a faithful following after the release of The Lady Julie. The following year, Friday Bridge released an EP on Bedroom Records and the single It Girl, which received extensive airplay in Sweden as well as abroad. It Girl was later featured on the Friendly Noise compilation Are You Scared to Get Happy?. Friday Bridge’s debut album Intricacy was released on But is it Art? on the 23rd May 2007. The album received raving reviews, among others from Sonic Magazine, who called the album “genius pop music”. The album was nominated for Swedish national radio prize P3 Guld in the Pop category. On the 11th March, Friday Bridge will release their second album, Bite My Tongue.
“…very unusual electropop. Slightly sliced with deranged Pet Shop Boys, Italo Disco, Tortuga and of course ABBA. Theres also a shy-like classical feel to their excellent sounds. And, they are excellent. You can hear Stock Aitken Waterman all over the song “It Girl” and as Sonia once said, its “great!”. There is also something a bit royal about them. Perhaps thats the St.Etienne touch that graces some of their finest moments.” - Dontstopthepop
This Case is Closed (Johan Agebjörn Remix)
Shanghai Shipping from Bite My Tongue (ART 012, 2009)
Shanghai Shipping (Dumb Dan Remix)
Shanghai Shipping (Dumb Dan Remix Radio Edit)
Shanghai Shipping (Dumb Dan Dub)
Love and Nostalgia from Intricacy (ART 005, 2007)
Eyes Without A Face Billy Idol cover for the Buffetlibre 80s cover project
It Girl (Nicolas Makelberge remix)
Literature (Rubbah remix)
Literature (Lovely Chords remix)
The Story of Agnes from Friday Bridge 2 (Bedroom, 2005)
Fosca is the eccentric UK pop band fronted by Highgate-based dandy and wordsmith Dickon Edwards. Since forming in 1998, they’ve released four singles and three albums, toured several times across Europe, received radio play by John Peel, and found their lyrics quoted in a Swedish novel (Martina Lowden’s Allt).
After leaving the slightly acclaimed group Orlando, Mr Edwards started Fosca with a revolving line-up of London musicians, recruited partly down to their musical prowess, but mostly on what he thought of their dress sense at the time (Mr Edwards still has a strict ‘no trainers’ rule, believing running shoes are for running in, not for playing guitar in). However, some members have managed to stick around for the duration, notably Rachel Stevenson (keyboards / vocals).
From 2000 to 2002, Fosca were signed to Shinkansen Records, recording two albums with Saint Etienne producer Ian Catt. The results won fans all over the world, with NYC label Secret Crush Records taking their name from the Fosca single Secret Crush On Third Trombone. Two unofficial videos were made by separate groups of fans - both from Sweden - for Secret Crush and for the obscure b-side Confused And Proud. Given its curious popularity beyond its status, this latter song has now been reworked and re-recorded for the third album.
After much idling, bouts of ill health and general misfortune, the third Fosca album was finally completed in a Hackney basement in summer 2007, with Tom Edwards (guitar / programming) and Kate Dornan (keyboards, recorder, vocals). As Shinkansen had by this time wound down, But Is It Art? stepped in to release the album, as well as a farewell vinyl single.
The Higher Elevations
The Higher Elevations’ music have been heard and appreciated in the docks of Rotterdam, on the foggy streets of Aberdeen and in the back alleys of Albuquerque. A lot of prominent names have been shouted in their direction by way of comparison, like The Only Ones, Sportique and the Go-Betweens. Renowned people like Richard Lloyd, Captain Sensible, Björn Olsson, Andy Bartleby and Suspiria Franklyn have lent them their ears and their hands.
Their first, critically acclaimed album ‘Always The Same’ came out on Little Teddy Recordings in 2005. ‘Ace garage pop’, ‘Europe’s best power pop newcomers’, ‘Peter Perrett has risen’ and ‘A must have’ were some of the voices about the album. Today they are signed to brand new record label Time For Action records.
In 2006 they scored a minor indie hit with the Christmas single ‘All These Winter Nights’. It is a fine moment of classic pop, all about wintery love – without being wimpy.
The new album ‘The Protestant Work Ethic’ consists of 14 new songs. All originals. It was released on the 21st of February 2008 on Time For Action (CD/LP) and as digital download via But is it Art? records.
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In an era of teenage angst and revolution the Gothenburg powertrio The Sorayas was formed. The band consisted of Soraya Mirgalou (drums), Annika Forsberg (Guitar and vocals) and Hanna Maurin (bass).
It all started in April of 2000 when Annika Forsberg was serching for band members by putting up notes in the local record stores. Thats how she met Soraya and Hanna - and they quickly connected by a common bond in music and lifestyle. Spending the evenings listening to songs, they decided to name the band after the persian princess Soraya and of course their own drummer. Sorayas combined the best parts of slammer poppunk with melodic tunes.