Petra Marklund is probably better known as September, the Swedish singer who made an international splash with incredibly poppy songs such as “Cry For You” and “Satellites”.
Petra decided to record under her real name and in Swedish for the first time. She also decided on a change in style. The songs on “Inferno” are still very catchy pop with that trademark Swedish production but they are more sophisticated, kind of indie pop.
She has released two singles from the album so far which will give you a good indication of Petra’s new sound, “Händerna Mot Himlen” (Hands Towards The Sky) and “Sanningen” (The Truth).
This is a question that has started to perplex me. In recent times there have been a glut of video clips from Swedish artists that have seen the lead singer perish.
The first hint happened back in 2006. The lovely Martin from BWO keeps getting killed in a car accident in the clip for “We Could Be Heroes”. I remember being surprised and feeling a little uncomfortable although in the final replaying of the scene, the car misses him.
Flash forward to 2010 and it seems that every clip is out to get the star. The manboy himself, Eric Saade released “Masquerade” as a single. The storyline features Eric as a lowly stable boy who falls in love with one of the rich folk. The forbidden romance gets discovered which means curtains for poor Eric in the form of an execution. Although you don’t get to see it, the sound effects leave little room for doubt that he has lost his head!
Darin released a great song called “Lovekiller” and like Eric’s clip, it runs like a mini movie. Unlike Eric’s clip, it starts with Darin murdered by the Lovekiller in a scene reminiscent of CSI Stockholm. Not for the squeamish since you do get to see blood and the big knife.
Even our darling September cops it. She ends up on an operating table in “Resuscitate Me” and promptly flatlines. She spends the rest of the clip as a ghostly vision. A miracle does happen right at the end so it’s not all doom and gloom.
Finally, a clip I featured recently – NEO with the song “Underground”. Like Martin in “We Could Be Heroes”, he gets repeatedly killed by a car, stares in a mirror and screams at the heavens. In the final moments, he discovers that he has super powers so there is a happy ending of sorts (but not for the driver of the car).
All great songs with great videos but what is it with with the death theme? Is it a Swedish thing?
Swedish singer Petra Marklund aka September is the buzz at the moment. On the eve of releasing her new album “Love CPR”, September just can’t put a foot wrong. Her participation in the TV program “Så mycket bättre” has raised her profile and given her a smash hit single in Sweden which will shortly be launched internationally.
September has already tasted international success with hits like “Satellites” and “Cry For You” charting in the US and Australia.
September’s two albums “In Orbit” and “Dancing Shoes” (and their respective variations and compilations) are regularly acknowledged and praised as I’m sure “Love CPR” will be.
But what seems to have been forgotten along the way is that September released her self-titled debut album in early 2004. No one ever seems to mention this album which is why I only discovered it recently.
I guess the fact it was on a different label is a contributing factor to it being overlooked. Plus it has been deleted and I was only able to score a second hand copy. It is surprising since the album sold reasonably well and did spawn three hit singles that all reached the top 10.
I love this album. It is very much pop in the vein of her later stuff. In some ways, I think the album works better as an album than the others do. It seems to fit together and flow a lot better. Or it could just be the fact that I discovered a batch of new (to me) September songs. 🙂
Anyway, here are the video clips for the three singles so you can get a feel for the album. If you have the UK only “Cry For You” album you may recognise the latter two songs since new versions of these songs were included there.
PS. I love the album cover too. Simple but classy. :~)