Friday, May 11, 2007

Florence Valentin

Last week I spent some time poking around the blogosphere and found an excellent song posted over at Swedesplease. After Michelle and I listened to the track a few times, we found ourselves scrambling to try and figure out exactly which classic by The Clash this song kept bringing to mind (it was driving us mental). I just wanted to get that out of the way first, in case you thought you were the only one having trouble putting you finger on it. Regardless of influence(s), Vårby Gård is a great song and a fun way to kick off the weekend. If you hadn't guessed by now, the lyrics are Swedish language, but that really makes no difference with something this catchy.

From what little information I could find in English, Florence Valentin is a numerous member Swedish pop outfit and ongoing music project of Love Antell (guitar,vocals) along with primary musicians August Berg (drums), Sebastian Ross (bass), Daniel Sundström (organ), Mats-Peter Krantz (saxophone), Cezary Tomaszewski (trombone) and Magnus Jonsson (Trumpet). To hear another new track, check on upcoming live dates and add the band as a friend, stop by the Florence Valentin MySpace page. There is also a Florence Valentin Website with basic information but not much else. The next live performance will be held June 13 at Stockholm venue Kafé 44. I also found a couple of YouTube videos for the band. The first one is for today's featured song Vårby Gård, while the second is a television performance from 2003. Enjoy.

MP3: Vårby Gård


infamous said...

"Rudie Can't Fail" is the Clash song. This song is a dead ringer for it, from the vocal phrasing to the arrangement.

Fun, nonetheless.

Anonymous said...

"Rudie can't fail" but also "Bankrobber"

Anonymous said...

The song is called "Pokerkväll i Vårby Gård". Vårby Gård is a subway station in Stockholm and also a district/neighbourhood in Stockholm.