Keeping the idea of the supergroup alive, Sweden's Amason collected the talents of some of Sweden's finest artists of the early 2000s to create some very slick indie pop pitched somewhere between the melancholic soft rock of Fleetwood Mac and the precise sound of Peter Bjorn and John. Their 2015 full-length debut, Sky City, took home a Swedish Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
Comprised of Miike Snow's Pontus Winnberg on keys, Dungen's Gustav Ejstes on guitar, keys, and vocals, bassist Petter Winnberg, drummer Nils Törnqvist of Little Majorette, and vocalist Amanda Bergman of Hajen and Idiot Wind, the group formed out of the INGRID music collective. Having known each other for years, sharing stages and planning sessions, they organically decided to start writing songs and playing together in 2012. The first recorded result of their collaboration was "Margins," a single released in early 2013, then came a self-titled EP in August 2013 on INGRID. A co-release between Fairfax and INGRID, Sky City, was released in early 2015. A number 12 hit in Sweden, it went on to win Album of the Year at the 2016 Grammys. They followed it with the EPs Flygplatsen and California Airport Love. Issued in 2016, the latter offered one original tune ("Airport") alongside covers of the Mamas and the Papas' "California Dreamin'" and Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is." ~ Tim Sendra