Albert af Ekenstam - "The Devil Bird"
Taken from the up coming album "Ashes". Release date 14th of Oct 2016.
Nine months have passed – have fallen like red autumn leaves to the ground –since I first heard Albert af Ekenstam’s solo material.
During this time Albert has, amongst other things, released two singles on Kning Disk (”Walking” and ”Angel Liz”), acted as a warm up act for The Posies and Bear’s Den, moved from Gothenburg to Stockholm and appeared in prestigious Swedish music magazines such as Sonic and HYMN.
And I, in my turn, have listened and listened again to his music. Over and over I’ve lost myself in his melancholy guitars, grandiose arrangements, heartfelt voice and poignant lyricism. I’ve also studied; discovered that the Estonian indie rock band Ewert and The Two Dragons included Albert’s song “Falling” on their second album ”Good Man Down” (I Love You Records, 2011) ...
What days and nights!
On the 14th of October Albert of Ekenstam’s debut album will meet its expectant audience. “Ashes” is its name and the outstanding label Kning Disk will release it. Singer/guitarist Sumie Nagano (whose self-titled album on Bella Union is a must for all who love unique voices), drummer/keyboardist/producer Filip Leyman (who, together with Albert, make up the post-rock constellation Tempel) and trumpeter Max Lindahl (known from a number of jazz bands) have all helped Albert bring it to fruition.
What a record it is!
Like Elliot Smith (rest in peace) and Damien Jurado, say, Albert is a very brave and straightforward singer- songwriter. His melodies and lyrics are like uncensored and infinitely beautiful letters – without euphemisms and false chords they let you know what’s on his mind. At the same time they’re universal – if you’ve loved and lost you can relate to them.
They also – also! – start your internal movie projector. With “Ashes” on the stereo and with eyes closed memory fragments, glowing emotions and pure dreams fly through your soul. That Filip’s production (which you’ve heard on Anna von Hausswolff’s two latest albums) is both intimate and grand at the same time makes this personal cinematic experience even more sensational.
Great art. What more can you ask for?
Albert af Ekenstam is here to stay.
I look forward to spending many years in the company of his solo material.
3. Angel Liz
4. The Devil Bird
5. Made of gold
7. Blood of Shame
10. The Avenue
Music and lyrics written by Albert af Ekenstam (except Troubles made of gold and The Avenue, lyrics written together with Sumie Nagano).
Performed by Albert af Ekenstam - Vocals, guitar, bass, harmonium, piano, percussion and synths, Filip Leyman - Drums, percussion and synths (piano on track 3,6 and 7 - bass on track 2,6 and 9), Sumie Nagano - Vocals on track 6, Max Lindahl - Trumpet on track 4 and 5.
Recorded, produced and mixed by Filip Leyman and Albert af Ekenstam. Recorded at studio underlandet. Mastered by Hans Olsson Brookes.
- Folk & Singer-Songwriter