Song Of The Year – Tove Lo Habits

Of all the new music I saw/heard in 2014, this was the one that stood out. Yeah, of course it’s from a Swedish artist, and I love the fact she doesn’t try to hide that in her video clip (unlike a lot of other Swedish artists these days who are doing their best to hide their Swedishness by filming their clips in the US). I love the song musically, as it has a good melody and lyrics. But I really love the video clip, as it captures both the elements of “the selfie” and the self-destructiveness of youth culture. I also really love the vulnerability she shows in the clip. Hopefully honest. Can’t go home alone again Need someone to numb the pain PS… Here’s another song from her with lots of Sthlm scenery.

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My Swedish is better when I’ve been drinking

Swedish beer

Once again I’ve decided my Swedish is better when I’ve had a drink or two, or three or four. I first discovered this a few years ago at a bar in Stockholm. I was chatting in English with a couple of Swedish guys, and when the topic got around to learning the Swedish language, I discovered my Swedish was far better after a few drinks. We enjoyed a reasonably fluent discussion after the third or fourth beer, as I recall. The notion was further re-inforced when, after a boozy night […]

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