Earlier, I went out on a limb and said that I thought that this was going to be my favorite album of the year. I’m still getting through a backlog of albums, EPs, and other new releases, but it has so far been at the top of my list.

The self titled album Wintergatan was released on and is available directly from the band, through digital retailers, and is streaming on their bandcamp and soundcloud pages.

While the singles StarMachine2000 and Sommarfågel are my favorite songs from the album, the whole thing is incredible and well worth listening to. I am currently waiting for the vinyl release, but at $16 USD including shipping for a CD full of great tunes, with the money going directly into the hands of the band, it is hard to find a better deal than that.

Here’s another of my favorite songs of the set: Biking Is Better:

Here’s a live performance of SommarfÃ¥gel:

If you’re in Europe over the next month or so, you have a great opportunity to take a slight detour for a concert or two. Now is a great time to catch a band in smaller venues before they get too popular and move on to stadiums. Judging by the energy of crowd, it sounds like Wintergatan puts on an incredible show.