It’s not news that Sweden is full of musical gems – from the hyped music of Miike Snow and Lykke Li to the placid likes of The Radio Dept., we can also count on the good old days when our parents enjoyed Abba. Temporalities and genres aside, the good music to be shared now is from Urban Cone.
Urban Cone are Rasmus Flyckt, Magnus Folkö, Tim Formgren, Emil Gustafsson and Jacob William Sjöberg. They have met in high school and by sharing tastes and musical influences gathered up to start the band in autumn of 2010. At that time, the boys shared a self-produced demo track of “Urban Photograph” in their website, which brought a lot of attention from the blogosphere. From this sudden success, they were invited to play in some cool clubs of Stockholm and also festivals. Then, in beginnings of 2011, the band signed with Universal Music to release “Urban Photograph” as a single. Later, it was followed by the release of two EPs: Our Youth Pt. 1 with its single “Freak” and Our Youth Pt. 2 with the song “Kings & Queens” as single.
From a total of eight tracks, all highlights point to the one that started it all, “Urban Photograph”. The track has a infectious beat, which makes me say that the band trace paths towards the sound of Foster The People, with poppiness standing out, but mainly in a more serious and dark vein. In fact, on most tracks it’s audible that they blend the electro with dramatic singing, similar to Clock Opera’s formula. Their latest single summarizes it very well; “Kings & Queens” has a powerful dance structure with sharp vocals. Besides the music, their recent trajectory is already full of inventive and well-produced videos, and you will be able to check one of them later on.
The band is currently working to release a debut album still in 2012, so be sure to keep an eye on them in the next months. Below, listen to “Urban Photograph” and you can also download two remixes of this track for free from their label Soundcloud.