Amelié goes to Sweden
June 20, 2011 9:17 PM   Subscribe

Detektivbyrån (The Detective Agency) was a little-known Swedish band that made delightful music often inspired by Yann Tiersen's soundtrack to Amelié. E 18 - Om Du Möter Varg - Generation celebration - Nattoppet - Partyland - Monster - Laka kaffa - Vänerhavet. (Warning: aggressively cute and happy music containing accordion and bells.)

YouTube channel here
Official website (free downloads at the bottom of this page)
Live here (after a minute), here and here
Music video
posted by non-kneebiter (11 comments total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
Polka is popular
posted by stbalbach at 9:31 PM on June 20, 2011

oh fuck I'm trapped in a music box!
posted by orthogonality at 9:38 PM on June 20, 2011

I didn't realize they were a "was." Bummer.
posted by mykescipark at 9:46 PM on June 20, 2011

One morning last year I woke up my girlfriend to tell her we're going out for a picnic date at a secret location (which ended up being a 7 hour drive to Central Park in NYC.) When she realized it was going to be a long ride, she pulled out my MP3 player and started looking for stuff to play. "Detektivbyrån? Stimmhorn? I didn't know you listened to heavy metal." Admitting to liking accordion music can be an awkward moment in a relationship. Even more so when you're stuck in a car together for 7 hours with not much else to listen to but Chinese lessons.
posted by MrFTBN at 11:17 PM on June 20, 2011 [3 favorites]

posted by ericost at 11:22 PM on June 20, 2011

That Stimmhorn stuff is great, too, MrFTBN, thanks for mentioning it!
posted by bobobox at 3:51 AM on June 21, 2011

These guys are amazing. I saw them at Roskilde Festival some years back, and was amazed at what they were doing as a three-piece. As well as scissors and a toy piano making occasional appearances, one bloke was playing the accordion and keyboards - sometimes simultaneously!
posted by Dysk at 3:54 AM on June 21, 2011 [1 favorite]

Hah! This is pretty great.

MrFTBN, that Stimmhorn link was a concert poster assignment one summer at RISD. I think I was the only one who kept listening to it after the work was done. Tom Wedell, if you're out there, thank you.
posted by Richard Daly at 7:46 AM on June 21, 2011

Music containing accordion and bells should not be cute and happy.
posted by malocchio at 10:39 AM on June 21, 2011

Aha. It's Beirut minus vocals.

(But, seriously. This is great.)
posted by schmod at 12:06 PM on June 21, 2011

Also recommended are Samla Mammas Manna (and the related Von Zamla) and Arbete & Fritid (both long defunct, unfortunately).
posted by klausness at 8:16 AM on June 22, 2011

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