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by Pineforest Crunch

Female vocal Swedish pop featuring kitch instruments such as melotron, orchestron & analog synth.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Situation Endless
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2. Queen of the Nineties
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3. College Radio Listeners
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4. Slowly
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5. Wake Up
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6. Innocent
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7. Romantic Strings
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8. Car Crash
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9. Coronation
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10. Leave It All Behind
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11. Happy Valentine
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Album Notes
Pineforest Crunch

Despite taking their name from a Ben & Jerrys Ice Cream, Pineforest Crunch started out very far from the nicely treated cows of Vermont. In a small, messy apartment in Solna former classmates Åsa Eklund, Olle Söderström and Mats Lundgren were all in their pre-20´s recovering from either broken relationships or serious cases of boredom. Out of this situation and a couple bottles of wine a first demo was recorded in tiled bathrooms and stuffed warderobes. Influenced by bands like American Music Club and the Sundays a personal and interesting kind of pop-music was created. Determined that they were headed for stardom and infamousy they sent their first demo to all the major labels. Very little happened, printed replies and very mute telephones.
A small mentioning in a Swedish pop-magazine refueled the high hopes and a first gig was booked. To play a gig you needed a full line-up, who to call but one other former classmate and one ski-trip acquiantance. Enter Mattias Olsson and Jonas Petterson. The dream of the record contract continued and grew stronger threw rehearsals and ambitious planning. Six demos and about 60 gigs ( including a self-booked tour of the U.K ) later the band was signed to Polar. In early 1996 the single Cup Noodle Song and the album Make Believe was released. The single climbed the charts and venues were played. The band toured Japan and played over 50 gigs all over Scandinavia that summer. At the end of the year the album had sold gold and the single had gone top-3 on the charts.

The follow-up was meticulously planned and rehearsed. Working intimately with Producer/engineer Jim Warren ( radiohead/chapterhouse ) the band went to the English countryside in Oxfordshire to record the album that became Watergarden. A dynamic, well crafted pop-album containing everything from fullfledged stringsection-assaults to organquartets all lead by a young inspired pop-quintet. Sadly enough the album fell between the cracks timing-wise and everything came to a stand-still. The band toured the U.S in the autumn of 1998 and the spring of 2000 playing among other places at sxsw and the viper room. since then the band has been working on new material that is being released in 2001 and the spring of 2002.

Line-up :

Ã…sa Eklund ; Lead vocals, acoustic guitars, flute and theremin.
Olle Söderström ; Acoustic and electric guitars, backing vocals.
Mats Lundgren ; Bass and basspedals, keyboards.
Jonas Petterson ; Acoustic and electric guitars, backing vocals, clarinet.
Mattias Olsson ; Drums and percussion.

Discography :
Make Believe (Polar/Polygram)
Watergarden (Polar/Polygram)
Innocent (dodgy disc)
Panamarenko(dodgy disc, shangri la/exergy music)

Cup Noodle Song (Polar/Polygram)
Teenage Alex (Polar/Polygram)
Shangri-la (Polar/Polygram)
College radio (shangri la /exergy music)



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Robert Ciccotosto

Hook-filled Swedish pop.
Panamarenko is loaded with pop gems, with unique instrumentation adding color and nuance. Situation Endless is the real killer track here, but several other songs are almost as good, particularly Slowly, Wake Up, and Car Crash. It's not a perfect album; a couple of tracks fail to stick in the head, but if you love other Swedish pop bands like The Cardigans, you'll dig this CD a lot.

cloud nine and cloud seven

We love "Panamarenko"!
Internet Music Radio, "Gone Fishing for Blue Skies", loves the world of Pineforest Crunch.

Michael Brant

A Catchy Gem
This is one of my favorite albums of the year. It's catchy, tasteful pop, and I don't think there's a miss on it. This group has a fine musical sensibility, the album is well produced, and I find it sticks with me and plays well time after time. If you're into sweet pop with a bit of an edge to it, this is a winner. How DO the Swedes do it? This album puts 90% of American music "product" to shame.

Nicklas Sandström

P-diddy it is Not.
If you want an album to fill out the space between your P-diddy albums and your Pink Floyds this just might be it. Straying further away from the mainstream than their previous albums Panamarenko is a stroll into a slightly weirder neighbourhood for the experimenthappy swedes. Panamarenko is filled with pop gems dressed with Mellotrons and analog keyboards and sounds this writer quite frankly can´t decipher. Is it a guitar ? is it a organ ?´s....( write odd instrument here, what is a stylophone anyway ? )On top of it all soars the angelic voice of Asa Eklund. My only critisism is the track Coronation which sounds a bit dated in a Madonna ray of light kind of way....

Apart from that Panamarenko is a real find if you are into experimental pop.