On the 28th of April the downtempo LP in half by the Swedish musician david shouji was released.
A half a dozen track album, available on bandcamp, of instrumentation, voice and electronica that is drawn from a personal introspective, even adding recollected samples from early material, which doesn’t however leave the listener out in the cold as the ambient flow of unflustered frequencies envelopes the room in a meditative calmness extending an invitation for the audience to contemplate their own narrative.
There is a warm undertow to Vantage Point which is drawn by an underpinning of acoustic instrumentation that pulls the listener inexorably in to the web of the multilayered composition with the vocal adding a singular identity of drifting sadness.
The Swedish noir-rock project Anna von Hausswolff released the EP Dead Magic on the 2nd.
Anna von Hausswolff – photo by Anders Nydam
The roughly forty six minutes, five track EP (available on bandcamp), has the sense of casting a foreboding incantation over the listener through its duration, though far from afearing of the future the mid relaxes and finds cohesion in the dark spiraling architecture of the compositions as the incant and rattle through the ears, thereby making the longest song on the release, at sixteen minutes and seventeen seconds, Ugly And Vengeful, the third on Dead Magic my pick of the EP, as it both rests the bones and prods the nerves through its journey.
Combinations of analogue keys and psychedelic guitar meander through the room in the début three track single One (available on bandcamp) enticing the listener to close down the brain and settle in to a comatose state to allow the gentle massage of the, roughly eleven minutes, release to keep the synapses and blood flow functioning. My only advice being – trust in the power of music and do allow your mind to drift in to its own becalming stasis and all will be well.