This Sameblod article was written by Cristina Esteban, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Ben Kendall. Header image by Johan Wistbacka – wistbacka.se
After releasing their single ‘Flourish’ in February 2015, and making it to number three on Fuse TV’s ’10 Best Dance Songs’ list, the Swedish duo Sameblod (aka Frederick Rundqvist and Mikael Mattisson) are back with a five song EP, full of vibrant electro-pop music, slightly reminiscent of the ’80s (and their abundant use of synthesizers).
The first track, ‘Fade Out’, is a slower electronic song, which doesn’t overcomplicate things with too many different sounds, and simply adds them on discretely in the lead up to the chorus. A song where the lyrics take centre stage, “I’m gonna fade out, forget everyone around me”, is a great start to the EP.
‘Asian Mojito’ could be classified as sort of ‘Asian infused-electro-pop’, with an upbeat rhythm and simple lyrics “I made an Asian mojito, the most tasty mojito […] I keep them coming and coming […]”. Some of the sounds included also resemble those typically associated with tropical islands, nicely rounding up the song and evoking the thought of mojitos, tropical beaches and good music. Who wouldn’t like that?
The third track ‘Echo’ starts off slowly with a deeper undertone, gradually building up to the chorus, but keeping it calm all the way through. The lyrics, including “I have to run up the hill, away from everything real” or “I just want to take some time off that noise”, make you think of escaping the real world to let off some steam, and just simply relax.
‘Valencia’ brings back the noise, similar to ‘Asian Mojito’ in a way, with a varied set of more eclectic sounds, a quicker beat, and more drums. However, it’s a bit confusing as to why they chose to name the song ‘Valencia’, when they actually make no reference at all in the lyrics to the Spanish city, yet do mention an Irish taxi driver a number of times…
The last track is ‘My Fortune’, a nice song to round off this EP. Sounding similar to M83 in certain parts, this song is quick with a steady rhythm, easy to follow lyrics, and one of the most danceable songs of the five.
‘Nostalgia’ EP is out on the 4th December 2015 via Sommarhjärta.