I actually miss this one last year, but thanks to Erik Nilsson, I had the pleasure to listen this Swedish duo’s full-length debut album now. A Swarm of the Sun was formed in 2007 in Stockholm by Erik Nilsson and Jakob BerglundÂ and they released the EP “The King of Everythingâ€ in the same year on Erikâ€™s independent record-label Version Studio. “Zenith” was released on August 30, 2010 and their influences including a number of different genres from post rock and indie rock to assorted electronics and film score like music. It’s a gloomy, but colorful blending, their music shifting from slow glowing textures and spacy dimensions to powerful rock explosions, it’s flowing and floating, warm and cold moments, elements are melting down or sometimes frozen into a strange, touching soundscape.
The 10 songs are building up a world of lights and shadows which nicely balancing between a secret universe hidden by the mystic haze and the real, careless, cruel world. Heavy parts or songs like “The Worms Are Out” shake us up from dreaming and gave pulse, groove for the material. “Zenith” it’s a beautiful trip and its worth to explore it.
For this album they collaborate with a number of different musicians and producers, including Anders CarlstrÃ¶m (Lingua, Come Sleep, Kausal), Karl Daniel LidÃ©n (Vaka, ex-Dozer), Anna Sofi Dahlberg (Anekdoten) and Andreas LindstrÃ¶m (Aoria).
â€Zenithâ€ was recorded and mixed by Erik Nilsson in Version Studio,Â which is his own studio and record label, and mastered at Tonteknik Recordings by Pelle Henricsson (Refused, Cult of Luna, Silverbullit).
The album-cover and videos are designed and produced by Jakob, who also runs the visual-arts production-company Furnace Fighter Media.
The album is distributed by Sound Pollution across all Europe and available world-wide through Version Studio Records, Amazon and Interpunk. The album is also available for download and streaming through well-known services such as iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.
A Swarm of the Sun – Official Site
A Swarm of the Sun – on MySpace
A Swarm of the Sun – on last.fm
A Swarm of the Sun – on Facebook
Version Studio (booking, information and online shop):