Europopnewsletter Febraury 2014



the online magazine and encylopedia about european pop and rock music


Newsletter, February 2014


"Hello Europopmusic fans..."


We hope this is not a sombre prospect of what to expect of 2014 but up untill now the interesting releases in Europe are reduced to a minimum. Is it the crisis that artists no longer record new stuff? Is it the Winter Olympics? Poetin having an effect on artistic freedom in Europe without him even knowing? Or is everyone just keeping their ideas warm for a steaming spring and summer. We hope that this last one is the reasing but up untill now we didn't get much news of people hitting the studio. Rumour has it that Kent, Absoluutinen Nollapiste and Prata Vetra are busy but with what is unclear. We are getting a lot of live-albums. Maria Peszek, Tre allegri raggazi morte, Zazie and M delivered a live album with an account of their succesfull tours last year. Europe is in the retrospect modus with the annual awardshows celebrating 2013 happening this time of the year. We have the German Echo (21 March), the French Victoires (14 Feb), the Polish Fryderyk (april) and so on.

So we are sorry that we don't have much reviews this month to share with you. But we did find some nice small interviews, some odd news and of course we pick up on our 1968 research.As always: ENJOY THE MUSIC.


  Music news and background articles  

1968 in the Netherlands
Actually above title is a bit misleading since 1968 already happened in The Netherlands in 1966. According to the Klimke & Sharloth research (published in their book '1968 in Europe'), the 1966 Dutch Provo movement would be the spark for the entire European 1968 revolt to come. Mid sixties the Netherlands found themselves in a politically unstable period with new parties demanding drastic changes in the system. They wanted to break with the traditional columns and were either middle or new left orientated. Amsterdam turned out to be a brewing pit for anything alternative and counterculture. Wether it be design culture, sexual moral, art, music or a common liberal point to view against anything out of the ordinary. Musically it was not Amsterdam but The Hague that would turn out crucial for the forming of Dutch pop and rockmusic. Pirate radio and a music scene that was formed by rock 'n roll music played by Indonesian immigrants was a heathy breeding ground for talent. Internationally the Dutch city and its culture would have a huge impact on European youth. Many protest leaders that would play a leading role in the 1968 protests visited Amsterdam in 1966 and talked to the Provo's. By 1968 the Dutch anarchistic movement had already outlived itself and the Year of Protest passed fairly quit. It was not untill 1970 that Dutch youth began to stir again. Read more about 1966 in the Netherlands and its impact on 1968 in our feature.

Renata Przemyk celebrates 25th anniversary

Renata Przemyk - Polish singer and composer. She has recorded ten albums, including one with the music for a theatrical performance Balladyna in the Baltic Dramatic Theatre. Most of her albums have been certified gold. In 2003 she released an album of greatest hits (including "Babę zesłał Bóg", "Protest Dance", "Ostatni z zielonych", "Zero", "Bo jeśli tak ma być"), summarizing the current career. On this album the song "Kochana" performed a duet with Kasia Nosowska. She has performed many times at home and abroad. For nearly 20 years working with Anna Saraniecką, which is the songwriter of her songs. In 2008 she made her debut as a theater actress Hortense role in the play therapy Jonah Entertainment Theatre in Chorzów. This year celebrates 25 years of artistic work. Reason enough for Dorota Kieras to interview Renata for Q. The singer dishes up memoriesof wowing the public by singing popmusic to the accompaniment of accordion..Read the interview

What's on Rasmus Seebach's iPod?

Denmark's best-selling and biggest pop star is back with his third album Ingen kan love dig i morgen (Nobody can promise you tomorrow) , which once again proves that Rasmus is a master at writing straightforward and likeable pop with rock solid and extremely catchy melodies. Centerpiece - which surely by now Seebachs mark - is love. And even on the uplifting, exotic and energetic songs like Sandstorm and Øde Ø. So what does Rasmus listen to when he is not writing and performing. And what does he get inspiration from. Jakob Matzen from Wimp Magazine puts Rasmus to the test with the question "what is on your Ipod". And so we go from Anne Linnet to Quadron to Bruno Mars. .Read the interview


Julien Doré speaks: "With this album, suddenly, I understood less is more"

The third album from Julien Doré , Løve , came out at the end of 2013 and compared to Ersatz in 2008 and Bichon in 2011 it was a big step forward. The former winner of the Nouvelle Star 2007 developed himself the past year into a singer with his own sound. In a tall with French newspaper L’express he talks about the album, Lions, playing petanque with Christophe, drinking Vedett with Depardieu and how writing for Francoise Hardy gave him confidence to write this album. "The songs do not rely on the sadness, they rely only memories, those who build and that one keeps in itself. A love story stopped me but she grew and remained in me in its most beautiful form. The striped o - the letter only - means island. And it almost became a compass logo, the travel notes of a lone man in love, in love or lonely. Løve is a postcard and sentimental music with groovy accents even when the lyrics are sad. This is the big difference with my second album, Bichon , where the music telling the same things that the words." Read the interview


Rasmus Seebach
Ingen kan love dig i morgen
Jana Kirschner:
Moruša Biela

  Europopmusic artists (from the encyclopedia)  

Republika (Poland)

Perhaps one of the more original Cold Wave bands coming from the former Eastern Bloc. Republika were inspired by the gothic side of the new wave spectrum with their black and white imagery and transformed the sounds of the Cure, Echo & the Bunnymen and Indochine to the Polish rock pantheon. Their album output was limited but nevertheless the band gained a huge cult status over the years. For Ciechowski it was sad that he did not live long enough to pick the fruits of the Eighties revival in the new millenium... Go to artist page


Petr Muk (Oceán & Shalom) (Czech republic)

It seems that by the fall of the Iron Curtain former Eastern Europe caught up with synthpop in a rapid way. In Hungary Bonanza Banzai (with Akos) took to the more dark and epic sound of Depeche Mode. Petr Muk chose the more poppy sound of Erasure and Vince Clark as his starting point. Especially in his solo-work (his time with his band Oceán sounds more Depeche Mode). He stayed loyal to that lighter synthpop sound up untill his untimely death. During his career his musical-experience trickled through in a more and more trained voice. Oceán keeps his legacy alive by performing and touring..Go to artist page


Dulce Pontes (Portugal)

Pontes is usually defined as an artist of world music and ends up in the fado section. Which is not really justified. Indeed she contributed heavily to the revival of fado in the nineties of the last century. But where her sisters and followers like Mariza, Misia and Cristina Branco stay very close to the traditional fado-form Pontes takes a more interesting path. Mixing it with pop, classical music and exploring the very roots of the genre. As a songwriter, poet, arranger and producer she is much more interesting then to be disqualified as just another fado singer. Her dramatic soprano with a powerful, versatile and penetrating voice can sing very subtle and very hard. An artist walking the thin line between world music, jazz, light music and modern popular music..Go to artist page


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