Category Archives: Music by Bergman

Music by Bergman: STRABE

The London-based duo, comprised of Emmet and Angelia, savour simplicity in a euphoric re-introduction to their music that captures the sentiment of post-lockdown life.

Following the immense viral success of “Best First Year”, a spookily prophetic single released on the cliff edge of normality in 2019, STRABE re-emerge with “Life On Pause”. Their first release this decade, it’s a melancholy-tinged reflection of the fleeting experience of youth, that sees the band subvert the notion of living fast, instead seeking to scavenge for beauty in the mundanity.

Music by Bergman: The Blinders

The Blinders are the band to restore your faith in rock. They boast firebrand political righteousness, noir melodicism and a fierce cultural intelligence that finds them referencing everything from Wilde to Shakespeare, from 1984 to 2001.

Cue 2018’s debut ‘Columbia’, a torrent of dark rock wildfire, named after the utopia which Charles Manson promised his Family but describing a modern day 1984 dystopia of oppression and rebellion, with Johnny Dream their Winston Smith.

Despite its bleak outlook, though, the record brims with pure rock rejuvenation, launching the new decade of rock with a righteous roar, knowing its time has come.

Music by Bergman: El Mató a un Policía Motorizado

 The psycho-sweet rock of the Argentines is already a canon: of the indie in which Spanish does not sound like a strange import, of discordant pop as one of the fine arts, of the composition of songs as a sentimental unburdening without cheap exhibitionism. If their last album was called The Other Dimension it is because EMAUPM are clearly so exceptional that they could never belong to this one.

Music by Bergman: Stereophonics

Bringing the festival to an anthemic close on Sunday night will be UK rock royalty Stereophonics. The Welsh BRIT award-winning rockers have a back catalogue like no other, including five consecutive UK No. 1 albums, 11 Top 10 singles, and a revered history of legendary live performances.

or their 25th anniversary, Stereophonics were all set to compile a second greatest hits collection until singer Kelly Jones rummaged in his archive and found several unused old songs to contribute to a new album. Thus, Oochya! offers an occasionally uneven mix of their trusty hit formula making songs that at their best hit the sweet spot between emotional and anthemic.

Music by Bergman: Stray Fossa

Comprised of brothers, Nick and Will Evans and Zach Blount, the trio draw on a mixed musical inspiration absorbed from parents’ record collections.   Atmospheric and hypnotic vocal harmonies flow seamlessly over alt-rock riffs and electronic samples giving their sound a natural drive. The bands ambient bass and guitar layering with shimmering vocal washes to craft songs that hover somewhere between modern garage and indie pop with a varnish of nostalgia for what hit the airwaves in the 60s and 70s. 

Music by Bergman: Cones

Cones are Jonathan and Michael Rosen, two brothers from San Francisco who make far-out, addictive pop music in Los Angeles. Their sound is a wonderfully groovy synth-pop delight,

After a string of acclaimed singles and their debut album Pictures Of Pictures (2019), Cones are back with their second album, Almanac. Written and recorded during the first year of the pandemic, Almanac proves true to its namesake, acting as a musical cartograph encapsulating the brothers’ experience of such a perplexing time in history. 

Music by Bergman: The Mary Onettes

Starting out in the Swedish town of Jönköping in 2000, The Mary Onettes have since been on a long journey containing a few downhill slopes and a lot of brick walls. The band was drawn together much due to their common interest for 80s and 90s music, with bands such as the Stone Roses and the Cure. The band’s first years weren’t unlike most bands, members came and went and their sound changed from one week to another.

It’s been over four years since Swedish dream pop band The Mary Onettes released their Portico album but now they’re back with a one-off single, “What I Feel In Some Places.”