I go away for a few days to Germany and one of Sweden's biggest girlbands Play are back! Only this time they've gone and taken a page out of the Sugababes rulebook by reforming with a some original members missing in action and a brand new member in the form of Sanne Karlsson. This brings the tally of members of Play to six (Anais, Anna, Rosie, Sanne, Janet, Faye). The thing is with Play is that they never really achieved huge success over here in the UK but secured a rather cult following amongst pop lovers when the US-based act released music provisionally released by British pop acts here in the UK stateside thus essentially blocking the English popstars from releasing their original songs in key territories.
Play, in the US, were as the name of the band suggests fun and innocent. Often sanitized, Play provided a slice of pop that was in many ways was trying its best to remain pure in a world of where popstars strutted around in chaps and snakes. And it worked. The band have a massive following and given the success of things like High School Musical, the Jonas Brothers and Glee its not hard to understand why. Essentially, Play set the ball in motion for all these things to happen. It seems logical then that Play should return.
But should they? And how should they? Such questions arn't for me to ask really. But they've got a new member in the form of Sanne Karlsson who is actually featured on this site previously. She's a part of GhostVsSanne collective (see them above perform the wonderful Nobody's Perfect) who have their album Hold This Girl on Amazon already. This will give the "reunion" of (re)Play that all important feeling of newness and maturity. Sanne doesn't actually have a pop voice. She is more soulful and will provide the edge that this new Play require. Indeed, without the presence of Sanne the group would faulter. The notable lack of Rosie (who was also incidentally interviewed on DSTP this year) raises an eyebrow or two but its 2 original members+Sanne.
Also involved is the maestro Andreas Carlsson. Yes. Andreas. Carlsson!!! Which means the impending album will be incredibly interesting and all will be documented as part of the Made In Sweden TV show that starts mid-Jan. I think the fact that Andreas and Sanne are involved will take this project from a mere reunion extravaganza to a perky poptastic dance-cool display of exuberance. So it'll be a rather busy 2010 for Sanne! Working on the glorious GhostvsSanne project and the re-ordered Play! Excited! O yes! Bring it on.
So lets raise a glass to the girls of Play! Janet has joined Marie Serneholt for a reworked Swedish version of Grease (see above). Anais is busy in the US working in the American film industy. Rosie is putting the finishing touches to her album (her myspace) & the remaining two have joined forces with Sanne to form a new Play and their reunion will be documented as part of the Made in Sweden T.V reality show which will start broadcasting next year.