Fredrik is a new remarkable music sensation, casually capturing the spirit of classic storybook drama through a unique brand of experimental pop. What started out as a side project to The LK by the two pop visionaries Fredrik and Lindefelt, pretty soon grew to become a six piece featuring members of some of the very finest of the Swedish pop and experimental underground.
Drawing on traditional european folk influences like The Fairport Convention or Bo Hansson, crooning songwriters as well as a host of eclectic references like Moondog, Steve Reich, Jim O’Rourke, Maja Ratke or Barbara Morgenstern, Fredrik forges a sound that is as daring and eclectic as it is homecomingly soothing.
Some of the peaks of the debut album Na Na Ni evoke a very primal feeling of being ten years old again, lost in a dark, threatening forest with only a faint, humming voice leading you to safety. But apart from the sheer escapism the music carries a considerable emotional heft. Themes of light versus darkness, good versus evil as well as daylight and seasonal changes are painted in rough but colourful strokes, leaving just enough room for us to fill in the blanks. The lyrics and vocal expression, although sketchy and subdued, also manage to punctuate the episodes of the record with remarkable clarity. This is apparent in the low key narration of “Evil and I”: “We could analyze what has caused me so much pain, I didn’t mean it” or the slammer “Noble blood will nobly die” from the album opener “Black Fur“.
11.05 – DC9 / Washington, DC
11.07 – Cake Shop / New York, NY
11.09 – Brillobox / Pittsburgh, PA
11.12 – TT the Bears / Boston, MA
11.13 – Space 538/ Portland, ME
Na Na Ni
(The Kora Records)
Street date: Oct. 28, 2008
1. Black Fur
2. Alina’s Place
3. Hei Hei
5. Evil and I
6. Ninkon Loops
7. Angora Sleepwalking
8. Na Na Ni
9. 11 Years
Artist Page: www.sagomusik.com
Press Materials: www.thekorarecords.com/fredrik