Looking for swedish music and movies
Hi all, I originally speak spanish and learned some english in school a long time ago. Watching movies, sitcoms, listening to music and playing videogames actually did a lot more for me than school did in terms of learning usefull english. So I thought I'd google some swedish bands or moviemakers to start that whole thing again but this time in swedish and Im actually having a hard time finding bands that sing in swedish, most of what I found listed on wikipedia seems to have english lyrics. So maybe some of you native swedish speakers could point me to some bands that don't sing in english?
thanks in advance
Some kind of idea what music you like would be useful, but anyway, something to get you started:
Bands: Kent, Ebba Grön, Bob Hund
Singers/songwriters: Cornelis Vreeswijk, Allan Edwall, Eva Dahlgren, Povel Ramel, Kajsa Grytt, Håkan Hellström, Sofia Karlsson
Thanks a bunch! didn't expect such a quick answer. I don't really care all that much for the quality or type of music. I guess that the singers having a clear pronunciation would be a plus. I'm quite new at swedish and the only swedish voice I've heard so far is duolingo's female robot, so I guess all other pronunciations are going to sound kinda weird for me at this point. If in that list of singers you gave me there's one or several who you consider to have a more common swedish pronunciation it'd be good to know. Thanks again!
To concentrate on the language and pronounciation I guess the singer list is better as the music there tends to really concentrate on singing and delivery: Edwall is better known as an actor and thus as a singer he is a bit limited but he's a good performer, Vreeswijk is a balladeer with a guitar...
But can't really comment on accents and such.
I listened to some Sofia Karlsson last night - very nice acoustic arrangements and her voice is clear and easy to follow. Thanks for the recommendation.
Here are some Swedish songs that I like:
Cornelis Vreeswijk - Balladen om herr Fredrik åkare och den söta fröken Cecilia Lind, Laleh - Snö, Miss Li - Nåt för dom som väntar, [ingenting] - Gråt inte älskling, [ingenting] - Här kommer solen, Veronica Maggio - 17 år, Movits! - Fel del av gården, Finntroll (Finnish band) - Trollhammaren
Ingmar Bergman is my favorite director (tied with Kieślowski) and all of his films are truly brilliant (except The Serpent's Egg. Seriously, it's not worth it). If you're not familiar with his work, Wild Strawberries would be, in my opinion, a great starting point. Then, if you like it, you should watch The Silence trilogy (Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light and The Silence) and the iconic The Seventh Seal. Once you think you've got the hang of it, the order you watch them won't really matter. My personal favorites are Persona and Cries and Whispers, so I highly recommend not skipping those.
Besides Bergman, Tarkovsky's The Sacrifice is in Swedish and it is amazing.
If you want something newer, We are the best! (2013) is a lovely coming-of-age set in the 80s and Force Majeure (2014) is a great and very poignant drama. Let the Right One In (2008) is an absolute masterpiece and you should 110% watch it.
Hopefully I helped!
I am afraid I can't help you with music, but the Netflix Streaming Service offers several Swedish language films/series. Here is a list I came up with:
Wallander (2005): Detective/Mystery series
Together (2000): Drama/comedy film
Dragon Tattoo Trilogy Extended Edition (2010)
Show Me Love (1998)
As it is in Heaven (2004)
Arn, the Knight Templar (2007)
Let the Right One in (2008)
I hope that helps, good luck!
Edit: I am not a native speaker of Swedish, but hopefully you find the information above to be of some use.
Ok, so for some reason I always feel embarrassed to admit my burning love for the singer Peter Jöback, but I'm just going to tell you that I highly recommend listening to him. Highly. He's easy to listen to, with pronunciation and all. And he's reallllllly easy to look at. Just being honest here.
Also! www.swefilmer.com has tons of movies, of all kinds! I recommend it to everyone :) a warning, though, the site can be buggy/sketchy at times, but I've never had any problems when/after using it.
During the last weeks I constantly listened to the four completely Swedish albums I have. First I only understood individual words, and even reading the lyrics didn't make much sense, but after I while I got used to it, and understood more and more of it. I'm into electronic music, and those of you who like this kind of music might have a look at this album offered by a German mailorder: http://www.poponaut.de/jones-machine-tervndsgrnd-p-3093.html That's the one I've listended to the most.