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Swedish Meatballs #1: Familjen by crumblymuffin
July 15, 2009, 1:57 pm
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Familjen

Familjen, a.k.a. John T. Karlsson, mixes crazy synth squeals and dance floor rhythms

I’ll preface my first entry onto this lovely site with an admission of my true guilty pleasure: Swedish Dance-pop.  I love the stuff.  The country shouldn’t need another excuse to be loved (it already has socialized healthcare, Volvos, IKEA, and who can forget those meatballs?), but the birthplace of ABBA seems to have an unending ability to know exactly what makes me happy.

The music has this certain artistic and ethereal beauty lacking in most other club music scenes, paralleled only by its ability to take absolutely cheesy over-production and oftentimes downright strangeness, and turn it into a total booty-shaker.  As a result, every Wednesday I’ll share with you, the reader, a bit of Goethenburg, a bit of Stockholm, a bit of Sweden, a bit of true greatness.

To start, I’d like to share one of my all-time favorite Swedes, Familjen.  Born John T. Karlsson, he possesses an unbelievable knack for taking crazy synth squeals and mixing them with great dance floor rhythms.  However, the money-maker for me has never been his music (although it could be for many), it’s his voice.  Karlsson has the voice of an angel, smooth and silky with just a trace of femininity that makes it almost laughable, until the bass hits and you can’t help but shake your head in amazement.  Listen to his single “Det Snurrar I Min Skalle,” which was my introduction to his work.  The song has some of the most silly noises in it that I’ve ever heard and his voice sounds like a 17-year-old boy’s, but when that chorus bit drops, it’s a little slice of heaven.  Thanks Sweden.

Here’s a link to his MySpace — listen to the track “Det Snurrar I Min Skalle,” it’s a total knockout.

— Dan Creahan


3 Comments

Hilarious post. Keep’em coming!

Comment by tjwell01

Dan,
Enjoyed your piece. Checked out the selection
you recommended. Absolutely on the mark;excellent
music and very funny video.( reminded me of the audience scenes Monty Python was famous for.)

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