Sounds like Friday 2 1000x1000New single from award winning Sounds like Friday – My Bleeding Heart – ambient  indie pop with voices and percussion instruments only is released on June 10th. 

Sounds like Friday was recently chosen from 100 applicants to participate in a US Trade Mission, arranged by Export Music Sweden and Nordic Music Export. Together with 25 music business people from the Nordic countries they headed to Los Angeles and Seattle for record company visits and meetings with agents, trailer houses and top music supervisors in Hollywood, working on films like Independence Day, The Martian, Batman vs Superman, Deadpool, Alice through the Looking Glass, Captain America, The Stanford Prison Experiment and more.

The song My Bleeding Heart was well received by music supervisors they met. These are some of the comments:

”Thank you for this! Very Very cool sounds!!I will be in touch!”
”You’ve got some great stuff. I’ll keep you in mind :)”
”I just love the music from the Nordics, with that vast and original sound!”
”This is unique, sensual and very beautiful. It definitely fits for syncing to films.”

The Stockholm-based Swedish duo Sounds like Friday creates alternative pop/rock with elements of experimentalism. Roger Bergström and Maria Grönlund define themselves as happy genre anarchists, with backgrounds in avantgarde art music, gospel, rock, classical, fusion, jazz, funk, singer songwriter and pop.

“In the process of learning how to produce my own songs I felt my biggest challenge was in making the beats and drum parts. I had been searching and trying different collaborators for a while, when it showed that the right person had been right before my eyes all the time without me realizing it”, vocalist, pianist and songwriter Maria Grönlund says.

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Good friends from the education at Royal College of Music, Roger Bergström and Maria had been on quite different tracks in their musical careers since they finished school. She had specialized in teaching music, and he had been recruited to the prestigious percussion ensemble Kroumata before he even graduated, to the envy of other Swedish percussionists. Kroumata worked in the field of avantgarde art music and toured the world, representing Sweden on state visits together with the king and queen of Sweden and winning prestigious prizes. The LA Times wrote that they were ”The world’s best percussion group” and San Fransisco Chronicle named them a ”Sonic Blockbuster”.

At  a party Roger and Maria began talking about her recent successes in songwriting competitions and how she was building her own studio and developing her music production skills. It showed Roger missed playing rock and fusion, which was what he once started out with, and felt he wanted to expand in genres and start composing too.

”Knowing about Maria’s songwriting skills I immediately said yes when she asked me to join forces. Being old friends and all, it worked out really well”, says Roger.

”We complement each other with our strengths, me being the more rhythmic and sonic person, and she the more melodic and technical one”. ”We trust each others musical intuition. In some ways we are extremely different, and in some we are just alike – we’re both very curious and musically open-minded, and we are just as childish. There’s always a lot of laughter in the studio.”

Sounds like Friday is the duos Alternative Pop project and ’You Put Songs In My Head’ is their debut EP. It has been followed by the singles ”This is the Day” and ”My Bleeding
Heart”. They also work together with music for film and games, under the name Grobe music.

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I’m Steve and live in a village called Alford (home of Emeli Sande & birthplace of the Aberdeen Angus cow) in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. I currently work in the IT industry (yawn) I just want to share my ideas, findings and general reflections with whoever wants to listen.