Scandinavia continues to be an incredible rich breeding ground for fantastic new pop and dance music. Robyn's new single with the guys of Royksopp is a great example of that. To celebrate that much-anticipated new track I put together a sweet and crunchy "Scandi Sounds" playlist on Beats Music that features 25 great tracks from Northern Europe including tunes by Galantis, Erik Hassle, Private, Annie, Miriam Bryant, Tove Lo and many others.
I also included Andreas Moe's "Collecting Sunlight," a truly timeless pop gem that never really got its moment in the limelight. It's one of my favorite pop ballads in recent years. It's poignant, wonderfully performed and features a bittersweet melody that Swedes know how to craft like no other.
"Collecting Sunlight" is taken from Moe's debut EP that was released in 2012. That effort was followed by the This Year EP that the Swedish singer/songwriter put out in 2013. He also spent a lot of efforts on writing for other European artists which has garnered him 6 gold and platinum accolades in 2013 for songs that were released in Sweden, Holland and the UK.
Fortunately for pop fans out there, there's a lot of great new work from Moe on the horizon. He has continued to work with a lot of other acts, including up-and-coming pop outfit Rixton. He's also featured on Tiesto's forthcoming debut album, titled A Town Called Paradise, with the song "Echoes." (EDM aficionados among you may remember that he also contributed the vocals to Avicii's "Fade Into Darkness" even though he never received official credit for it.)
To kick things off in 2014, the Swedish crooner returns with a brand-new single that reminds us exactly why we were so impressed by him in the first place. The single is called "Ocean" and is the title track from his new EP. It's a slice of heartfelt balladry that showcases Moe's incredible knack for melody and savvy lyricism. The song title is a metaphor to illustrate the immensity of love between two people.
"'Ocean' is a simple song about the power of love," Moe explains. "When the right person loves you at the right time and in the right way, they can turn that 'river' inside of you into an 'Ocean.' I co-wrote and co-produced the song and I’m so happy to be able to release it as my next single."
Produced by Moe in partnership with Peter Miles, it's an accomplished effort that fits the singer/songwriter pop sound du jour. He he could have easily passed the track on to OneDirection or Philip Philips but fortunately for us Moe decided to record this one himself. Follow Andreas Moe on Twitter, Facebook and Beats Music.