Hear Axel Boman and Petter Nordkvist’s Misty-Eyed Italo Groove ‘Outside Amore (Edit)’
Leftfield house-heads behind Sweden's Studio Barnhus label found Man Tear, join James Murphy's DFA stable
Meet Sweden’s Man Tear. Is their name supposed to refer to teardrops or tatters? Perhaps both. On their debut single for DFA, Axel Boman, Petter Nordkvist, and Johan Jonason sound both emo and ragged, albeit in a subdued, stylish way. (This is Sweden we’re talking about, after all.) Moving several paces left from the quixotic deep house of their Studio Barnhus label, Boman and Nordkvist dial into a loosey-goosey robo-disco groove laced with harps and hiccups; singer Jonason (Boman’s cousin, and an award-winning film director) channels Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark in a wispy falsetto, rolling his Rs for added Italo emphasis.
The trio recorded its first single — to be released along with a particularly unglued dub version — during a two-week session on Sweden’s West Coast; they told Juno Download, “There is a grand vault of strange yet beautiful and escapist dance music by Man Tear waiting to erupt.” Get your first taste of these wistful hedonists with the edited version of “Outside Amore” below. The 12-inch is available now from the DFA shop, and a digital release will follow on April 9.