The long-awaited return of the dark Swedish romantic Erik Levander is a haunting album that falls in the cracks between classic Fennesz records, Ben Frost and murky The Cure bootlegs on YouTube.
It’s a dramatic and emotional record that covers a lot of different ground. More than before Erik blurs the boundaries of acoustic, analogue and digital while putting classic instrumentation, lo-fi flea market electronics, shoegaze roots, computer music and goth attitude all in the same pot with just the right amount of aggression to spice things up a bit.
Having previously recorded with Danish pop stars Efterklang and Swedish improv troupe Fria Konstellationen, Erik has an input varied enough to showcase multiple sides / visions at once – as you may hear on his previous records for Rumraket and Neon labels.
The final mixing touches on “Halv” were made by Mads Brauer (Efterklang, Liima) and the one and only Fransesco Donadello (Vox-ton, Calyx studios) who also did the mastering.
“Halv” is high-quality mood music for those who keep getting lost.
Black cassettes, pro-dubbed & imprinted at Go Tape (Saint Petersburg), thick paper jcards with artwork by Silke Briel. Limited run of 100 copies, individually shrink-wrapped.
– The Quietus
Tracks by Erik Levander premiered on NTS Radio:
Music video by Alina Philippova
A romantic suicidal single from the cult Karelian duo. Recorded in Petrozavodsk and Moscow, mixed and mastered by the band themselves at Monoleak. New record coming later this year.
Photography by Diana Luganski
– Sound & Vision
– The Flow
1 May 2016