The Sounds: No One Sleeps When I’m Awake / Ego (live)


Format: 7″

Label: Arnioki Records

Country: US Year: 2009

Priced paid: $1

Purchased at: The Exchange, Kent OH


I’ve seen people losing all of their faith before they knew what they were looking for…

I’m not sure what’s going on over in mainland Europe, but with the explosion in the number of female and female-fronted bands coming out of there in the past decade something must certainly be afoot. ‘The Sounds’ are one of my favorite European bands of the past few years; with their tight punky/New Wave beats and scratchy-yet-catchy vocals of lead singer Maja Ivarsson, they’re the hottest thing from Sweden since ABBA. Or at the very least Ace of Base.

Chart success in America has alluded them so far. Not that being recognized by the US charts is the measure of success by any means, but I’m surprised that- being such a quality and engaging act that they are- that more haven’t taken notice. Sverigetopplistan (Sweden’s record charts) have graced them with six hits hovering around the ‘top 25’ mark, however.

‘No One Sleeps When I’m Awake’ was the first single released from their 3rd studio sounds_noonesleeps3album, 2009’s ‘Crossing the Rubicon.’ It reached #26 on the Swedish charts and is the band’s last charting single to date.

Aesthetically the sleeve is hideous mess, failing in nearly every way to work. The design conveys little about the song or the band’s style and for being 98% text is practically illegible. The front is a jagged sickly pink and black shambles; it was merely by chance that I flipped the single over and discovered that it was a Sounds record.


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