I’ve been a fan of Swedish singer-songwriter Erik Hassle since 2009 when he released his first full-length album Pieces, featuring a diverse collection of catchy pop hits like ‘Hurtful,’ torch anthems like ‘Isn’t It Obvious’ and acoustic guitar love songs like ‘Amelia.’ I just love this guy’s voice.
Now he’s back with a new EP titled Somebody’s Party. It’s a more mature record, more R&B influenced, more sophisticated. The buzz around me at the Music Hall of Williamsburg was ‘he sounds like Prince.’ That’s quite a compliment and quite evident on tracks ‘Pathetic’ and ‘What Is He Like.’ Do you agree? I’m keeping my eye on this guy and his next pass through New York City. Five warm-up songs were not enough.