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Edition #3 • The Haunted Youth, Anna Leone, Sleaford Mods, Naked in English Class, Årabrot

Swedish artist Anna Leone has a captivating voice. Photo: Promo

Good morning,

As always, a very warm welcome to the new subscribers. Thank you for being here. 👋

The last issue was long, but I promise that we will get straight to the point in today’s issue. Although, I’d like to give you a heads-up: We’re quite edgy – sometimes.

Alright, here are my recommendations for this week.

The Haunted Youth – Teen Rebel

May I introduce: The Haunted Youth are a brand new dream pop and a quite post-punky outfit from Hasselt, Belgium. Teen Rebel seems to be their first major single release, at least if you can trust their Spotify profile.

Although indie icons like Tame Impala clearly inspire them, this track is also reminiscent of an 80s vibe. The Haunted Youth’s Teen Rebel isn’t loud but melancholic and, yes, haunted.

Anna Leone – Once

My first contact with Anna Leone’s fragile yet powerful sound was If You Only. Until today, this track gives me goosebumps. Her latest release, Once, is even more bare-bone structured.

Her captivating voice glides over a glimmering guitar. And after a while, a layer of strings and piano deepens the foundation of this song.

Sleaford Mods – Thick Ear

A real music nerd does not need to be introduced to the Sleaford Mods. I never hit it off with their sound. However, when I listened to their new album, Spare Ribs, one track grabbed my attention: Think Ear.

What an ecstatic experience: The unapologetic pumping beat, a Joy Division-styled guitar in the background, and, to top it all off, the aggressive spoken-word rap in the broadest East Midlands dialect! Not everybody’s cup of tea, I guess.

Naked In English Class – Ramble and Roam

Loud and proud for one last time. On the 20th of January 2020, the infamous Olifr M. Guz, one part of the duo Naked In English Class, died.

One year later, Taranja Wu gifts the last collaboration between her and Guz to us. Ramble and Roam is a hypnotic and galloping escalation. This ride will leave you electrified.

Årabrot – Another Hallucinatory Dream

Norwegian Gothic; until this week, I had never heard this term. Årabrot, however, are creating this dangerous, dark, and weird sound since 2001.

Another Hallucinatory Dream of their latest EP, The World Must Be Destroyed, is definitely no flower power LSD trip. It’s a rough, uneasy nightmare where demons strike you with martial drums and scare you with devilish words.


Obviously, I’ve added the five new tracks to Weekly5’s dedicated Spotify playlist. Be sure to check it out.


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