I think that I’ve spent the sum total of two hours in Sweden, in transit at Stockholm airport; and yet I feel such an affinity with so much of Swedish music, or a section of it at least. This rapport, empathy… what ever you want to call it is summed up for me with the Swedish Spotify list I did earlier this year, partially in response to the last album by Kungens Män. I have played this list more than anything else this year because the tracks on it have a depth to them… both in the way they are played and in the feelings that they reflect and express. There is nothing showy about any of this music, neither is it merely solid and boring… it is a playlist that is like staring out at water (a favourite thing of mine)… at times peaceful, at others tempestuous… but always thought provoking in an open yet introspective sort of way.
Which brings me to the new Kungens Män album, which I am delighted to be Premiering the first track here. It is a band, probably more of a collective really, that for me exemplifies my love of Swedish music which in many ways can be summed up in a paragraph from the Press Release for this album, ‘Chef’, which is being released on Riot Season Records:
The inspiration comes from the drone, the rattle of the loose screw, the circuit failure of the effects, the phatness of the moog and from the very diverse wiring of a bunch of middle aged Swedish freaks. Kungens Män never plan the next musical move – it presents itself. Sometimes the costume sewn is really ugly, but somehow there’s always room for the sublime as you turn it inside out.
These musicians play so effortlessly but with such profundity, something that is no exception with ‘Öppen För Stängda Dörrar’ (Open For Closed Doors) which is the track that I am introducing here. It’s part of a four track set which addresses four different moods… this one being fairly laid back. I’ll no doubt be covering the whole album at a later date, but for now enjoy this one and get on over to Riot Season at the link below to pre-order the thing!
‘Chef’ is available to pre-order from Riot Season Records here.
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