K recommends | Music of 2015

Hello lovelies!

Since this is the last day of the year, I thought I should give you some recommendations of some new music* I discovered during 2015. Its a pretty mixed list of genres so I hope there will be something for everybody.

*Disclaimer: I’m not saying this music is new per say, but I have myself not listened to it until this year. So, new music for me.

 

Ghost

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If you follow me on any social media, this hardly comes as a surprise. I started listening to them this summer and then I was stuck! Luckily for me, they released a new album, Meliora, in August followed by an international tour.

Ghosts music living within the metal genre, border lining on hard rock. To be honest, their image is much harder than their music, but that doesn’t matter since their music is really great! I recommend the songs Monstrous  Clock, Con Clavi Con Dio, Year Zero and Cirice.

 

Red Velvet

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You knew there had to be some kpop in this list. Red Velvet began their activities in 2014, but got their big with Ice Cream Cake this year. They also released their first full-length album, The Red, including the songs Dumb Dumb and Huff n Puff.

Since the music is commercial pop, its hard to find any real depth in it. I do believe RV stands out amongst other groups though, especially when comparing them to other all-female groups within the pop genre. Its fun, fresh and not overly-sexualized. I recommend Ice Cream Cake, Somethin Kinda Crazy and Huff n Puff for starters.

 

Septicflesh

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I regularly go through my recommended playlists on Spotify and sometimes I find bands that stands out to me. Septicflesh is an example. They are a Greek metal band with really interesting lyrics and catchy melodies (as catchy as death metal allows anyway).

For first-time listeners I recommend listening to Anubis and Sunlight / Moonlight, then move on to The Vampire from Nazareth.

 

Steam Powered Giraffe

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This band I only learned about last week (thank you AREKU), so I cannot say too much about them. But I can say that they are a steampunk band with really a style that is just to die for!

The music is really catchy with lots of vocal harmonies. Automatic Electronic Harmonics is a song that showcases this, as well as the ballad Honeybee.

 

Zella Day

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I’m cheating a bit on this one, because I began listening to the song Sweet Ophelia last year. But when Zella Day released her debut album Kicker this year I was really stuck!

Her music is described as a happier sounding Lana del Ray. I partly agree, but I wouldn’t say “happier”, rather more varied and I believe Zella uses her voice to the fullest. She’s an amazing singer and her lyrics are ver poetic.

The songs I recommend are Jerome, Sweet Ophelia and Compass.

 

So, there you have it! Like I wrote earlier, its a mixed list and I don’t know if that is cool or just strange. I hope you will find some new, great music though.

Take care,

~K

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K recommends | TV series

Hello lovelies!

I’ve decided to start a new series here on my blog called “K recommends”. And since music would be too obvious and not lead to many surprises (you can see my “Top 10 records” video with AREKU which will give you a hint of what I like), I decided to go with TV series instead.

These are in no particular order, I just picked out four TV series I think stands out from the rest. I’m really picky about TV series, so these are truly my top picks.

Orange is the New Black


I know, this has been hyped too the skies, but it deserves it! The series is about a prison for females in the United states and its a raw portrayal of women that does not fit into the usual Hollywood stereotype. It mixes drama and comedy in a very clever way, and it simply brings something new to the table. I’ll admit, it gave me a lot of anxiety in the beginning, but ones I got past it a realized it was a gem in the world of TV series.

Bron (trans: the Bridge)


This is a Swedish/Danish production which is currently on its third season. Its a crime series that surrounds about murders happening in the area of Malmö in Sweden and Copenhagen in Denmark with the Øresund bridge connecting the two. Usually I’m not a fan of crime series, and especially not Scandinavian productions, but this has gotten me hooked! First of all, there’s a diversity of characters, especially the main ones which are the detectives. It brings issues that are big in both countries which makes it realistic. And finally, like OitnB, it mixes drama and humor in a sophisticated way.

American Horror Story


The series its on its fifth season, with every season being independent from one another. What’s so brilliant about it is that you get a fresh start every season and it opens up for a variety of plots and characters. Its horror with a purpose, and its very elegant and gory at the same time. My favorite one has got to be the third season, called Coven, which is about a group of young witches trying to learn how to control their powers. Its filled with strong, female characters with a variety of qualities and looks.  And it has magic in the modern world without being Harry Potter.

Fröken Frimans krig (trans: Miss Friman’s War)


This Swedish mini series is based of the story of Anna Whitlock, one of the most important figures of the early feminist movement in the beginning of the 1900’s. She started the first cooperation for and by women and this is what this series is about. Ms Friman is the fictional character based on Anna Whitlock’s struggles to start a cooperation that is not cheating with their food sales. Ms Friman and her comrades are boycotted by the other cooperations because they are women, and it becomes a strong story about women fighting for their rights to have the power of what men have. It also has the elite in the Swedish actor scene! The second season is scheduled this Christmas, and a third one is being produced as we speak.

That’s it! Those are fours series I think you should give a shot. Both of the Swedish series mentioned have been broadcasted in other countries, and The Bridge has both an American version and an English/French version. I have not seen these, but if you want to know more about the concept without jumping right into the Scandiniavian sarcasm, you should check them out!

I hope you’ll enjoy my recommendations and I’ll see you soon!

~K