The backbone of two of the biggest real indie acts in Sweden, Yvonne and Strip Music, disappeared and were nowhere to be found for a couple of years. Now Henric de la Cour is back with his new project. And this time he’s on his own, well… almost.
Brian Eno and collborator Peter Chilvers of Generative Music just released an interesting music creation app for the iPad: “Scape”. [more...]
One of last year’s favourite albums of many Release Magazine readers (and writers) was the debut of Icelandic duo Legend; “Fearless”. Their blend of dark sonic imagery and classic pop harmonies makes their music suitable for both alt rock fans and pop enthusiasts. Peter Marchione had a chat with front figure Krummi Björgvinsson. [more...]
The Hurts saga is quite the opposite of what one tends to believe is the situation for young musicians these days. In 2009; a hit tune, “Wonderful Life”, with an amateur video landed a recording deal with the RCA etiquette Major Label and a year later Hurts’ debut album “Happiness” was released. Since then, Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson have been touring like crazy all over the world.
Now Hurts are back with their second album “Exile”. They have once again recorded in our hometown Gothenburg so we just had to book an interview. We had a nice chat with Mr Anderson who revealed that “Exile” was an industrial album to begin with. [more...]
Swedish musician, producer, mixer and programmer Christoffer Berg, 31, had already made a name for himself on the electronic music scene because of his involvement with The Knife and Fever Ray. The rumour about his skills finally reached the Depeche Mode management and, all of a sudden, Daniel Miller was on the phone… Peter Marchione talked to Mr Berg in Gothenburg – his and Release’s hometown – and Fredrik “Schlatta” Svensson took some photos in Svenska Grammofonstudion.
Gothenburg based synthesizer manufacturer Elektron popped up in 1998 with the release of the Sidstation. Elektron have quite a few Release related artist among their users, e.g.; Nine Inch Nails, M83, The Knife, Skinny Puppy, Hot Chip, Orbital, Jean Michel Jarre, Autechre, New Order, Chemical Brothers and Air. Things have certainly developed from being a C64 cult item. Today this company have a range of different electronic instruments.
Korg Inc. just announced their development of a “faithful recreation” of the legendary analog synth ARP Odyssey. This cult item from the seventies is definitely one of the key sound sources for many of the Release Magazine artists.
American dark pop music band The New Division didn’t start out in the typical “let’s gather a few friends and jam along in the garage at someone’s parents house” kind of way. The whole project was originally a college dorm room project for songwriter John Kunkel back in 2005. After moving from Uruguay (where he resided for 18 years) to Southern California, Kunkel began experimenting with synthesizers after being heavily influenced by the sounds of Joy Division, New Order and Depeche Mode. After some time the one man project gradually developed into an actual band. Currently, The New Division is John Kunkel (vocals), Brock Woolsey (guitars), Janzie (synths) and Mark Michaslki (synths).
A while ago The New Division released their second album “Together We Shine” and Release Magazine got a chance to have a few words with John Kunkel, maestro himself.
Susanne Sundfør’s transformation from folk to electropop has drawn the attention from both staff and readers of Release Magazine. Since this Norwegian musician is often mentioned for her work with Röyksopp and M83 some might think that she is mainly a singer but truth is she is a complete musician and producer. On the brand new album ”Ten Love Songs” she basically did everything herself. Release’s Peter Marchione met Susanne Sundfør at Hotel Nobis in central Stockholm in February and they had a long chat about electronic music, studios, creativity, David Lynch and Star Wars.
The Lindemann collababoration project was presented a while ago with the release of the “Skills in Pills” album. One of the reasons behind this was, most likely, to raise eyebrows and trigger moral panic attacks among certain groups of people… Release met up with the two gentlemen Till Lindemann (Rammstein) and Peter Tägtgren (Pain) in Stockholm. [more...]