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“KILL THE CLOWNS"
A lot has happened since we last heard from this Swedish singstress. Edith’s voice makes you think of Marianne Faithful and many of the arrangements are reminiscent of Morrissey and New Order. The sound is free but not fickle, happy but not cheery and the songs are dramatic but not over the top. The lyrics are either encouraging or descriptive and circle around breaking old habits, starting over and seeing the big picture however small the screen. Intimate verses and uncompromising choruses sneak in, hold you down and refuse to let go, finally leaving you with an unsettling craving for more.
“KILL THE CLOWNS” was recorded on the top floor of a three story building, just above a treatment clinic for compulsive gamblers. Some of Swedens’ most renowned pop-musicians were involved: Andreas Dahlbäck played the drums, Peter Kvint, Erik Jonsson and Daniel Bengtsson fought each other over the bass but Peter got dibs on the guitars. Struck by fever Edith went bananas on an old Steinway upright piano and found herself browsing through a Playboy magazine from 1975. All vocals, strings and brass were recorded at Peter’s studio in Stockholm.
But the journey there was long and winding. Shortly after the Swedish release of Edith’s second album in the spring of 2008 she lost all inspiration and found herself in an emotional vacuum that was to last for an entire year. She stopped playing music, writing and answering her telephone. Despite international success such as her musical contributions to the CWTV-series “One Tree Hill”, great reviews and exciting new musical collaborations she felt as if she was weighed down by immense fatigue. In January 2010, on top of the Batur Vulcan in Indonesia, Edith decided that enough was enough and that it was time to look forward; toward the future.She returned to Sweden with new inspiration and the recording process turned a new corner. Edith and Peter started writing and recording more frequently.
“Every time Peter and I got together we wrote a new song or recorded an already existing one. There were no such things as bad ideas and we tried every one of them. The weird thing is that we never once fought or disagreed about a single matter. It was as if we could read each others’ minds”, Edith says.
Edith wanted to try out the new songs in front of a live audience and played them at Sweden’s biggest music festival “Peace & Love” and there was no doubt that the songs could hold their own.
Swedish newspaper Uppsala Nya Tidning ranked Edith Backlund as one of the highlights of the festival:
”Some of the most interesting Swedish acts played at the smaller venues. Edith Backlund (who has been commended by Neil Young) has a clear and strong voice that is so soulful and that combined with the way she nonchalantly tosses her head, she beams a cool 50’s vibe.”
Swedish newspaper “Dala-Demokraten” agreed:
“She passes back and forth between the beautifully refined and a bit more twang. Her voice is out of this world and it may be greedy, but I really want some more.”
Good things come to those who wait. “KILL THE CLOWN (ACT ONE) is released on November 18th 2011, “KILL THE CLOWN (ACT TWO) in February 2012“KILL THE CLOWNS”, the album in its entirety in April 2012. Among the musical references are, previously mentioned artists excluded: Patti Smith, REM, Nancy Sinatra, Duke Special, Emiliana Torrini and Feist.
Previous releases and collaborations:
In 2005 Edith Backlund released her first EP. And what a way to start off her career. First single “Waste Another Day” was featured in Swedish television series “Life according to Rosa.” The song ”Catch Me When I Fall” was on the motion picture soundtrack to Swedish film “As you make your bed”. Finally American department store JC Penney’s heard Edith’s track ”Sunday Morning” and decided to use it in their nation-wide TV- and radio ads
The debutalbum ”Merely Daydreams” was released on the Swedish market in February 2006. The track ”Burn Me and Blind Me” became Edith’s second contribution to the television series “Life according to Rosa.” Edith went on a brief tour to Italy which was rounded up with a Tribute-show at Figino Serenza held in Towned Van Zandt’s honor. Neil Young commended Edith’s anti-war song ”Rosie” on his ”Living with war”-website where his fans voted it the 10th top anti-war song out of over 400 published on the site.
The second album ”Death By Honey” was released in April 2008. Producing the album was London-based pop-act “The Wannadies” frontman Pär Wiksten. The first single “True Believer” got fantastic air-play in Swedish radio but it was the albumtracks ”Sincerely hope it’s you” and ”Suburban Bliss” that really pushed through as they were featured in one episode each of CWTV-series ”One Tree Hill”. Edith toured with renowned Swedish singer Amanda Jenssen in Berlin, Vienna and Zürich and collaborated with the Swedish acts Elin Ruth Sigvardsson and Tom Malmqvist. She both played live and hosted numerous shows at Swedens biggest radio station P3.
Singles: “Waste another Day”, ”Much to Cry About”, ”Burn Me and Blind Me”, ”How does it feel”, ”True Believer”, ”Amen” and ”Worry Sick”.
Producer: Peter Kvint
After his break-through with Andreas Johnson’s world wide hit “Glorious” in 2000, Peter Kvint has produced and co-written for numerous Swedish and international acts, for example Natasha Bedingfield, Heather Nova, The Ark and Eskobar. He has achived a Grammy nomination and was awarded “Song of the Year” by The Swedish Music Publisher’s Alliance. During the 1990’s Peter Kvint was a member of and a songwriter in Swedish pop-acts “Farbror Blå” and “Melony.”
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