Monday, January 28, 2008

Hey boys, here we are

Last year Sweden's boys really brought it with the music--which I loved. That does mean, though, that it's time for some brilliant pop for the girls, and it's looking like Elin Lanto might just be leading the first charge. Elin released an album back in 2005 (which had some great songs on it), but there's a good chance more people (in blog world) know her for her 2007 Melodifestivalen entry, "Money," which wasn't exactly one of my favorites (I put it as my third favorite in its semifinal). Luckily, though, she seems to have gone in a new direction, and one that makes me very excited to see what else she's got in store for us.

Speak 'n Spell--co-written by Linda Sundblad, and I think you can hear that. "Speak 'n Spell" is a very slick catchy pop track, incorporating a little electro and a little dance, kind of like (in style) a faster "Lose You," in terms of the proportion of each of those genres you'll find in the pop mix. That's probably a very deceptive comparison, though, since it's not going for that vulnerability and I guess there is a little more dance in Elin's track--but it's that kind of cool aloof sort of dance, not the big swooshy kind like, say, Velvet's "Fix Me." You could probably say the track is Minogue-esque. This is such an improvement from "Money," and I like how Elin's voice sounds a lot more here, compared to on "Money." "Speak 'n Spell," sound effects and all, is genuinely a fantastic track and, for itself and for what it represents, a very exciting one.

As far as I know, the only stores from which you can currently buy Elin Lanto's (or Elin, as her single cover says) new single "Speak 'n Spell" from are country-restricted digital music stores, but should you have a Swedish credit card, you can buy the song here (digital). The song will only be posted for a little bit because I really want Elin to do well with it.

Next up: that South African singer or American singer.

9 comments:

Bollinger Bolshevik said...

I've found some great music off your blog - and this just adds to the collection - very Kylie...

Keep scouring the world's pop offerings!

AcerBen said...

I'm not OVERLY keen on it yet. I was in love with I Won't Cry - which I had to actually import because I couldn't find a decent MP3. Reminded me a lot of Emilia.

Mike said...

Sounds like Dannii circa 2003 - love it!

Resa said...

What a great track! I actually really liked her MF entry last year, but I'm so glad she went this direction. Thank you!

Poster Girl said...

Thanks! :D And, on an unrelated note, thank you for continuing to read even after I put a Martin Stenmarck song at the top of my countdown list ;) I've been very remiss in commenting on your blog, by the way--mainly because I can never come up with anything funny to say in reply!

Oh, I totally love this new single--and I hadn't though of the Emilia comparison for "I Won't Cry" before, but now that you've said it, I don't know why I didn't! Let's see...I really like "Could Have Been Me" from that album.

Mike, now THAT is praise! And coincidentally, I'm listening to Neon Nights for the first time ever--it's too AMAZING for words! Seriously--I couldn't exaggerate how great it is. I'm totally getting the remastered Girl now too. I don't know if I ever commented during your Dannii's Dirty Box transformation? Yeah, well, Dannii's going to owe you at least two more sales by the end of the night.

No problem! I'm glad you like it.

Mike said...

Dannii's sales double!!!!

I'm glad you're getting into Neon Nights - I seriously consider it to be the best pop album of this decade. Girl is fabulous too. Enjoy!

Adem With An E said...

Yay for Dannii Neon Love.

And yay for this song, it's incredibly good. I agree it does sound like Dannii circa '03, and the cover art is Kylie circa Body-Language-meets-X. A Minoguefest!

Mariner Duck Guy said...

I just found your blog & I'm loving it! I like this Elin person. I wish we could hear more.

Poster Girl said...

I can honestly see where you're coming from with that. Really.

Good call on the cover art! It is--I liked it but hadn't picked up on that.

Thanks so much! :D One site I read said the album will come out this spring, so hopefully we'll get to hear more then--I'd love to get an idea of what some more of her material is like, too, though...her first album is pretty different from what it sounds like this material will be like--more teen pop with a little teen pop-rock influence in places.