Little Sven – “Run Away”


“Run Away” is an enthusiastic success from Little Sven, the project of Swedish artist Sven Johansson. Passionate vocals, riveting strings, and stirring horns waste no time in assembling a climactic fervency. “You gotta run,” Sven pleads into gradual string-forward escalation, quite reminiscent of Bobby Conn’s lovely music. Sven’s ensuing vocal theatrics invigorate, traversing from cinematic spaghetti-western passion to soulful charisma.

A timely Bitcoin investment, in 2017, provided Sven the funds to create the album of his dreams with friends and collaborators — specifically, pursuing a ’60s soul sound. Crafted in an old house in the countryside of Marbäck, the resulting album — 1968 ish — simultaneously plays like a time capsule and something you’ve never quite heard before.

Stream the album in full, below:

This track and others featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of May 2022’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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