Written by Fense
Here it is, the debut video by Swedish experimental pop masters Fredrik (MySpace), led by frontman Fredrik, also known as one half of the duo that is The LK (previously The Lovekevins). Fredrik is a bit fuller than the other project. Despite the singular name, Fredrik is actually a full-fledged group, featuring several members as opposed to The LKâ€™s duo (also featuring Lindefelt, who appears here as well).
Let it be heard (Iâ€™ve said it once and Iâ€™ll say it as many times as it takes to get drilled into your head): Na Na Ni, the 2008 album by Fredrik, is my #1 album of 2008. Damn if any band is going to change that in the next few monthsâ€”itâ€™s impossible! Thatâ€™s how much confidence I have in the album. (And one listen to â€œ1986â€ and â€œBlack Furâ€, the two tracks included below, should sell you on this notion as well.)
So, what about the video? Itâ€™s a bit weird; it looks like a disjointed old-school tech project from the wacky mind of a Swede. And it is! And he uses graphics that look like they could have surfaced in 1986; it all makes the video (and the song title) all the more effective.
Whether itâ€™s â€œ1986â€ or the first single, â€œBlack Furâ€, or even the delicious â€œEvil And Iâ€, Fredrik is bound to take the US by storm when Na Na Ni finally hits the states via The Kora Records next month (October 28 to be exact).
Currently, however, itâ€™s only available in Sweden via Jezebel Recordings. But Iâ€™d hold off on picking it up from Jezebel, unless you plan on picking up multiple copies (like I plan to). Kora will drop the album not only as a CD but also as 140 gram vinyl! While the CD is out in October, vinyl will hit stores (and the Kora website) sometime in November, to coincide with Fredrikâ€™s brief US tourâ€¦ the dates are below the video.
Included below are mp3s for “1986” and â€œBlack Furâ€. Enjoy these and, come November, do what Iâ€™ll be doing: go get yourself a copy of the vinyl. (Or, if you truly wish to be like me, pick up two!)
Fredrik: 1986 [mp3]
Fredrik: Black Fur [mp3]
11.05: Washington, DC (DC9)
11.12: Boston, MA (TT the Bears)
11.13: Portland, ME (Space 538)