Archive for August, 2011


So I think it’s safe to say that Sweden has sent me into overdrive with good news the last several weeks. To add fuel to that fire, minimal techno auteur Axel Willner, more commonly known as the Field has announced that he will be releasing new material in 2011. This morning on Kompakt’s website, the label announced Willner will return October 24 with Looping State of Mind, a title that perfectly encapsulates his music.

In the press release, it was revealed that Willner recorded the album in Germany, and that he is continuing to incorporate live instrumentation into his combination of ambient soundscapes and looped micro samples. It was mixed by Jorg Burger, who goes by the moniker of the Modernist, and Willner said that he is still expanding upon ideas that first came to him when he was recording his 2007 debut From Here We Go Sublime. Looping State of Mind will feature seven tracks, and while the announcement didn’t come with a taste of what Willner has been up to the last few years, track names like “Is This Power” “Arpeggiated Love” and “Sweet Slow Baby” will leave plenty for people to ponder over unti lthe album is released.

Looping State Of Mind:

Is This Power

It’s Up There

Burned Out

Arpeggiated Love

Looping State Of Mind

Then It’s White

Sweet Slow Baby

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Swedish artists have an almost uncanny ability to stay out of the spotlight between albums, seemingly dropping off the face of the planet for periods of time to focus on their art. It’s been two long years since Joel Karlsson and Henrik Markstedt have released anything as Air France, and even longer since their 2008 landmark EP “No Way Down.” This morning, the duo finally broke their silence with “It Feels Good to Be Around You,” another breezy slice of Balearic gold that has become their stock and trade.

“It Feels Good to Be Around You” sounds as if it could have been released any time during the band’s existence. It features the same kind of bright and sun kissed vibe that evokes images of a tropical paradise, complete with steel drums, and a pulsating back beat that just begs for your attention. In addition to the reverberated female vocals that have helped propel some of their best songs (“June Evenings,” “Collapsing At Your Doorstep”), there’s an interesting distorted voice sample that brings to mind the work of Burial.  However, they use the haunting sample to good effect here, and aside from the initial shock of hearing it, it does nothing to take away from the overall quality of the song.

There has been no news yet as to whether Air France will follow up this single with an EP or their long awaited full length debut. However, it is good to finally hear something new from them, and “It Feels Good to Be Around You” is a welcome return. Between this and the release of Jens Lekman’s “An Argument With Myself” yesterday, Sweden has made it’s mark all over the end of this week. Now if only we could get something new from The Field…

To say that the last hour or so in Fun Fun Fun Fest’s Turntable.fm room was crazy would be a grave understatement. Big name bloggers, aggressive tweeters, and music fans alike successfully jammed the music sharing website while several of the artists playing this year’s festival were announced. Now that all the fun (no pun intended) is over, we have the official lineup for Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011, and it is nothing short of incredible. Instead of trying to type out all the details, I will simply post the official lineup poster. Enjoy!