In recent years, Sweden has held the crown for churning out some of the best dream pop bands of our time. One that definitely needs mention is Postiljonen. They were formed in 2011 by Mia Bøe (actually from Norway), Joel Nyström Holm, and Daniel Sjörs. Umlauts for the win! Their band name is a nod to a tiny area in their current home of Stockholm.
Their first full-length album Skyer was released in 2013. It's been on constant repeat in my car, at the office, and at home over the past few months. I can't get enough of it.
Often compared to M83 and Cocteau Twins, Postiljonen has crafted a unique sound; full of airy vocals layered over ambient synths, topped off with just the right amount of saxophone. No, not that kind of saxophone. They are also heavily influenced by 80s pop anthems. If you know me at all, you know I'm a sucker for that "new old" sound. More on that another day.
Initially, they started writing lyrics in Swedish, but when Mia wrote the song Rivers (video below), she thought that it was easier to write in English because the words fit better with the melodies. This was the track that really launched their career outside of Sweden back in 2013.
Their newest release Wait has received high praise since it debuted on June 1. Listen to the full version below.