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Swedish Americana Duo RIKE Are Back With Stunning New Single - 'The Reason'
RIKE have just released their latest single “The Reason” on January 26th. The duo are thrilled to finally start releasing music again, it’s been a while. The single before that “Ol’ Merle” was released in October of 2021, and was the first song released in over a year and a half.
“The Reason” is out on Spotify and Apple Music. RIKE have been quite nervous about this release. They wrote this song in anger towards the injustice in today's society, thinking of how many women have been abused and how it affects all of our lives.
RIKE are Nike Sellmar and Rickard Johansson, they met each other in Piteå, in the northern part of Sweden where they were both studying music. Before they started their band they played together in different constellations. And after a while, fell in love. Once a couple, they both started writing songs together, and just could not stop. Songwriting became a way to solve their personal conflicts and most of the songs written are about their relationship. There is definitely some kind of magic in the way music can help people communicate. RIKE's music has more or less been brewed out of their influences. They both come from different places in music, but they are not that different after all. Nike has a strong bond with Folk music and Soul, and Rickard has grown up on Blues, Rock 'n' Roll and Classic Rock, but, they both have had country music very dear to their hearts ever since they were very young.
The genre Americana is pretty broad and "forgiving" in respect to what's commonly accepted, which makes it perfect for RIKE, as they write bluesy, folkish, country rock ballads.
You get the idea....