Let the Swedish melancholy speak for itself in Malmö based director duo Conjunction (Jens Klevje & Fabian Svensson) impressive portfolio, consisting of an array of music videos by a handful of Sweden’s indie darlings.
In First Aid Kit’s “I Met Up With The King” Conjunction created a surreal environment in dark shades where the sisters sit by a tent they pitched by outside the King’s castle. Motoboy’s “Ride My Wild Heart”, is another surrealistic piece that brings a visual complement to the downhearted character of Motoboy’s music.
But it’s with Fever Ray’s “Keep The Streets Empty” that really Conjunction made a name for themselves. The black-and-white clips communicate solitude and sadness and beautifully conceptualize Fever Ray’s music. The video has been described as ‘neo noir’. Even here you can clearly trace Conjunction’s surrealistic signature. “We wanted to continue the journey that started in the former videos and our ambition was to catch the feeling in a very direct and true way and create a video where dream and reality intertwine.”, Conjunction explain
By Lydia Kellam
Formerly known as The Motorcyle Boy, Moto Boy aka Oskar Humbelo makes beautifully serene, love-drenched atmos-pop.
Moto Boy’s anguished coos and falsetto weeping are hypnotizing. On “When My Heart Was High,” conjures similarities to Morrisey’s sad, solemn delivery. On other tracks, including “A Differnet Kind of Love,” Moto combines the stylings of Rufus Wainwright and Jonsi Birgisson.
Recorded in Malmö, Moto’s current hometown, the passionate and memorable songs from “Lost in the Call” bleed with longing emotions, including the moving “If Only Your Bed Could Cry,” which was originally released with Titivo. At the times, Moto’s latest release is full of boldness and hope, as with the lead single, “The Heart is a Rebel.”
With wide-ranging, breathtaking songs that also shine with an admiration for pop, Lost in the Call is a a distinguished collection of tracks which are both delightful and poetic. For the pop lovers and romantics, Moto’s album is an absolute must.
By Kamni Kieran
The darker and poetic undertone of Swedish melancholia is clearly demonstrated in Stockholm based fashion label Nakkna’s collections. The brand emerged in 2003 by designers Claes Berkes, Ella Soccorsi and Camilla Sundin who met at Beckmans School of Design in 2001. Soon after its launch Nakkna received attention for the label’s adventurous and mystifying character, and became the bolder extension of Swedish minimalistic fashion scene. With avant-garde expressions, complicated cuts, unisex details dressed in somber shades from the achromatic color scheme Nakkna is one of the most progressive brands in Swedish fashion today.
Nakkna’s brilliance in contemporary fashion led to collaborative projects with different brands and companies. The label designed cocktail glasses for Absolut Vodka, bags for Sony Playstation, stamps for the Swedish postal service and last year Nakkna shared their melancholic style with brand Weekday, home of denim label Cheap Monday, when they did a underline for them.
The Nakkna label is sold throughout stores in Sweden, Finland, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, as well as the Nakkna flag ship store in Stockholm.
By Lydia Kellam
Metropia was created by the Swedish documentary film maker Tarik Saleh (Gitmo – New Rules of War and Sacrificio – Who betrayed Che Guevara?), the founder of progressive production company Atmo based in Stockholm.
Metropia is an animated futuristic movie that carries a mysterious and slightly uncomfortable atmosphere as the stories enfolds. This dystopian visual piece takes place in the year of 2024. Big brother sees you. A dark, heavy and moody color palette reflects a rather depressing environment where an intricate subway system is connecting Europe. The main character Roger (voice by Vincent Gallo), is a somber desk working guy suffering from a paranoia that escalates as he meets a woman (voice Juliette Lewis) and we follow them in a harsh function-driven world where lives are taken over by media.
The characters odd movements, as an affect of using cut out technique, adds to an unpredicted feeling. The characters live in a visually convincing detailed industrial world created as montages of photos as well as illustrations.
The film was nominated to several prizes such as Nordic Council Films 2010 and as well as winning 2009 Venice Film Festival: Future Film Festival Digital Award.