The first time Swedish duo Nutid’s played a song from their beautiful new instrumental album, Cityflowers, in public was at an award reception for the photographer Martin Bogren’s “Lowlands” exhibition. Those are a few of Bogren’s photos above, documenting his childhood village in Skåne, and it’s hard not to hear Cityflowers pouring through them, tousling the girl’s hair and animating the leaves in the garden. The music seems to beg for a film, which makes sense, since the group, comprised of Swedish indie veterans Håkan Åkesson and Åsa Jacobsson, call Cityflowers “a mishmash of Belle Époque, the ’60s, a silent horror movie and a suburban shopping mall. It’s more or less a soundtrack to the movies that only exists in the mind of the listener.” Pick a song on Cityflowers and maybe it’ll evoke a certain memory, scoring the mental scene with gentle piano or harmonica or accordion with bustling drums, but maybe it’ll beg for a new one, pointing to new emotions you haven’t experienced but need to find a way to. Stream the album and see what pops up. It’s out May 30th on Sweden’s Too Many Notes.
Stream: Nutid’s Album Cityflowers