Mordançage CD's has arrived

After being lost in the mail and having been sent back and forth between UK and Sweden a few times, my artist copies of the Mordançage debut finally found its way to my new home. They are now available to order from mine and Andrew’s own Bandcamp pages respectively (choose who you order from depending if you live in the EU or North America to keep shipping costs down!).

The packages looks great, big thanks to Daniel Crossley of Fluid Audio for doing a great job designing them!

Introducing: Mordançage

Mordançage is a photographic process based on chemical alteration of the gelatin in a print. The mordançage solution can cause varying degrees of degradation and other tonal changes, pulling completely new patterns and images out of a single source. It creates a living, breathing photograph that continually oxidizes and warps over time as it is exposed to new environments.

The same name and principles inform the new collaboration I have going with Andrew Tasselmyer of Hotel Neon.

This started in 2017, solely through long distance correspondence - sharing ideas and processing each others drafts and sketches back and forth until something else slowly began to appear, almost leading the project forward on its own.

Our self-titled debut album, which was carefully mastered by our good friend Ian Hawgood, will be released on September 30th via Fluid Audio.

New album 'Forest Psalms'

I'm pleased to share some details on my upcoming album 'Forest Psalms', which will be released on April 21st on Dragon's Eye Recordings, who also released 'Pause' back in 2015.

The compositions that constitute Forest Psalms originates from a collection of field recordings made during two trips to the United States in 2015 and 2016.

The album was slowly sculpted during 2016-2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark, where additional music was composed. In the opening track however, Hellkvist introduces snippets of an old piece hailing all the way back from when he first ventured into making minimal electroacoustic music about 15 years ago.

”It has stuck with me for all these years, so I’ve been waiting for a moment where I could make use of it. This time it fitted surprisingly well into the puzzle. My creative process is a lot about making bits and pieces blend and work well together, and sometimes those follow me around for years. Sometimes they vanish after a day or a week”.

In Forest Psalms, Hellkvist explores awareness in different spaces, and the listening experience is designed to lead the audience into a state of mindfulness, total relaxation, and focus.

”By using geographical locations in my work, I’m able to revisit parts of my experiences. For me, sound is the most effective way to do just that. I was inspired to make this album after a trip to northern California where I, after a 2-day hike into the forest, came to experience a rare kind of stillness and desolation which really fascinated me. I think most of the music I make is some kind of attempt to recreate moments like these for me to revisit.”

Field recording locations:
Culver City, Los Angeles, CA; Topanga Canyon, CA; Big Sur, CA; and Big Pine Key, Florida.
Some complementary recordings were made around Sweden and Denmark.

TRACK LISTING:

  1. The Driver vs. The City
  2. Forest Psalm, Pt. 1: Nostalgia
  3. Forest Psalm, Pt. 2: Reveries
  4. Where No One Can Hear You
  5. Forest Psalm, Pt. 3: Rhythms
  6. Forest Psalm, Pt. 4: Desolation

INFO & PREVIEWS: 'Vesterhavet (Extended)' and 'Kaskelot: Reissue + Remixes'

I'm happy to once and for all officially confirm that both these albums will get released on January 31st, 2017 on Home Normal (CD+digital). For those of you who hasn't followed me throughout the years, I can tell you it's been a long ride back and forth for both albums and I'm very excited to finally be able to properly share them with you all.

The original release of 'Kaskelot' sold out back in 2011 and has been long out of print. Now it's been remastered and comes with 7 beautiful and unique remixes made by Jordan Sauer (Segue), Steve Pacheco, Simon Bainton, Porya Hatami, Chihei Hatakeyama, Jason Corder (offthesky) and Chris Herbert.

After self-releasing 'Vesterhavet' almost a year ago, I doubted the fact that it would get a physical release at all. However, for this new and extended version, I decided to remaster it and added a new track (Vesterhavet 6), and the digital version comes with an additional track - a beautiful remix by Warmth (who runs the excellent Archives label).

This is all happening because of Ian Hawgood, a patient man who has been such an amazing supporter of my work since day one. I'm very grateful that he continuously offers to release my music on his wonderful label. And in a sense, it now feels like these two releases has finally ended up where they should be.

For those of you who already bought the original version of 'Vesterhavet' from my Bandcamp, I will try to fix so that you get the new digital version for free. Expect an email during January.

You can pre-order the albums from Home Normal here:
Vesterhavet (Extended)
Kaskelot: Reissue + Remixes

Thanks!
/T

New full-length album 'Vesterhavet' released

I'm very happy to finally announce my next release, which is my first proper full-length album since 2012.

The name of this new work is 'Vesterhavet', and was slowly created over the course of the past 3 years. After some careful consideration I've decided to only release this digitally, meaning no CD's, LP's, cassettes etc will be made. There's a couple of reasons to this, but let's just keep it short and say it saves a lot of time and energy…

As of today, 'Vesterhavet' can be bought from my Bandcamp store, and will be distributed to other digital platforms shortly.

Here's a one minute preview from each track. Hope you enjoy and thank you for your patience.