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ceo – “Mirage”

Ceo, otherwise known as the former Tough Alliance member Eric Berglund, will release his sophomore solo album Wonderland next month, and we’ve already posted the title track and “Whorehouse,” as well as a non-album Kanye West cover. “Mirage,” the latest Wonderland track he’s shared, somehow splits the difference between sugary ’80s pop-R&B and the horror-movie… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 24, 2014 - 8:53 am


So far ceo’s Wonderland has yielded one lead single, “WHOREHOUSE,” and a timely video for that single in addition to non-album Kanye West cover. Now comes the album’s title track, and it’s a wonderland indeed. Like “WHOREHOUSE,” this song is a chipper jaunt through a fantastical sonic realm with tinges of darkness at its fringes. More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 7, 2014 - 9:02 am

The 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

We’re almost (almost!) done reflecting on the year that was, so it’s time to start taking a closer look at the year that will be. For the past several years, we’ve ranked our most anticipated albums. Today the feature returns, bigger than ever, with a whopping 100 records we’re looking forward to hearing, enjoying, debating,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 23, 2013 - 11:23 am

ceo – “Whorehouse” Video

Word of ceo’s second album, Wonderland, came with lead single “Whorehouse,” which I described like so: “The song’s childlike jauntiness belies its adult-oriented title, but the elaborate-yet-whimsical construction shows the kind of professional touch that can only be honed with the experience of years. It’s got hooks for days too.” Now that song has a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 19, 2013 - 10:17 am

ceo – “My Liquor” (Kanye West Cover)

“Hold My Liquor” is one of the darkest, most despairing selections on Kanye West’s Yeezus, a resplendent lament that somehow synthesizes Justin Vernon’s falsetto croon, an autotuned Chief Keef’s melodic groan, and Ratatat-style frenetic digi-guitar by producer Mike Dean into a coherent composite of sadness. So it’s not the most obvious choice for a cover… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 9, 2013 - 9:44 am


Fans of intricately conceived metropolitan Swedish indie pop rejoice! Tough Alliance member Eric Berglund is readying his next album as ceo, the follow-up to 2010 debut White Magic, which earned him inclusion on Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands of 2010 list. Berglund’s ceo LP2, titled Wonderland, will be upon us in the new year. Here’… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 25, 2013 - 10:37 am

ceo – “Illuminata (D Lissvik Remix)”

White Magic Epilogue, a remix EP from Eric Berglund’s Tough Alliance side project ceo, came out in Scandinavia last year, and now it’s out everywhere else as well. Below, you can download one of the EP’s three remixes, a take on “Illuminata” from Dan Lissvik, half of fellow Swedish Balearic pop duo Studio. More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 20, 2011 - 2:52 pm

The 10 Best Indie Rock Beyoncé Covers

It’s going to be impossible to claim that Beyoncé Knowles has “quietly” put together a vicious song catalog, stocked with everything from heart-wrenching ballads to shamelessly fun bangers, but she has done it without some of the fanfare associated with other pop stars. And, you know, the musical work is stellar; it makes a to… More »

By: Stereogum / October 14, 2011 - 10:24 am

ceo & jj Team Up To Cover Blondie

If you were going to cover a Blondie song, you’d probably pick one of the classics, right? Something off Parallel Lines, or maybe “Atomic”? Well, that’s why you are not Swedish pop iconoclast ceo. The man born Eric Burglund (along with some help from fellow Swedes jj) has instead given the world his floaty, zoned-out… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 12, 2011 - 10:22 am

ceo covers Beyoncé

ceo’s new “Illuminata” video that came out yesterday was timed with the release of the “Illuminata” 7-inch, which is also out. The 7″ comes with a B-side cover of Beyoncé’s “Halo.” The song originally appeared on I Am… Sasha Fierce. Eric Burglund has a good handle on the power ballad’s over-the-top bombast:… More »

By: jessica / December 16, 2010 - 11:18 am

ceo – “Illuminata” Video

This summer ceo aka Eric Berglund told Pitchfork a bit about his quest for inner stillness vis a vis his love for singing and smacking around little green balls:
i want to be able to be at peace in every situation, no matter where i am or what i do – waking up o… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 15, 2010 - 10:15 am

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2010

With fall on the horizon, we’re escaping a slow summer and shifting into that final, fertile phase of the music year’s release cycle. Which makes it a ripe time to get some perspective on the year, in terms of the big records from past favorites, and here, the bands that have introduced themselves as new… More »

By: Stereogum / September 1, 2010 - 1:29 pm

ceo – “Everything Is Gonna Be Alright”

Fresh off releasing one of the key tracks for this year’s Cruel Summer, ceo aka the Tough Alliance’s Eric Berglund’s offering a perfectly timed rejoinder to that mixtape’s pessimism with this bonus cut to his White Magic LP — a sweetly sentimental synth-lined beachfront meditation, lapping waves and sand-kicked percussion, honing on the serotonin swell coming… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 6, 2010 - 12:10 pm

Cruel Summer: Stereogum Summer Jams 2010

Welcome to summer, welcome to free and legally downloadable summer jams. Time to CELEBRATE on ROOFTOPS. But you know, oil spills. And crazy people waiting in lines for phones for hours. And poorly officiated soccer games. The world’s topsy turvy, and so then is this mix, to reflect its time and place. It’s America’s weekend,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 2, 2010 - 6:44 pm

ceo – “Come With Me” Video

In a perfect world, you wouldn’t need to know much more about ceo than the brief bio over at the Modular site: “ceo is you and you are me and I am ceo. In eternity.” When we wrote about “Prologue” last month, the project was still shrouded in this sort of playful mystery. At thi… More »

By: brandon / May 28, 2010 - 7:58 am

CEO – “Prologue” Video

There’s not much information on CEO, besides this video that appeared on the Sincerely Yours site. But this introduction seems to star Tough Alliance’s Eric Berglund, perhaps readying his solo turn. More »

By: jessica / April 20, 2010 - 1:09 pm