Drawing inspiration from forests, oceans and folklore, Vargkvint is a low-key, largely instrumental musical act from multi-artist Sofia Nystrand, based in Stockholm, Sweden.
The debut album ”Brus” is – apart from a young woman’s DIY statement a highly evocative collection of songs, built around haunting melodies and minimal lyrical fragments sung in both English and her native Swedish. Combined with playful arrangements and unexpected instrumentation, it results in something that most closely can be described as a soundtrack to artist John Bauer’s dark fairy tale paintings – as if the celestial tunes of the Icelandic pop music scene had been drenched in heavy proportions of Swedish melancholic mindset. Naming the project Vargkvint (”Wolf fifth”, the dissonant interval occurring in ancient tuning systems) perfectly reflects the core of the project – the constantly underlying skewedness in what superficially appears so satisfying.
No one should miss this splendid release !
released June 10, 2017
Credits for Brus
All songs written, recorded and produced by Sofia Nystrand except ”Varg”, written by David Teboul and Sofia Nystrand
Mixed and engineered by Sofia Nystrand except ”Varg”, mixed and engineered by David Teboul and Sofia Nystrand
Mastered for CD by David Teboul
Sofia Nystrand: Piano, vocals, harmonium, accordion, musical saw,
zither, kalimba, glockenspiel, ambiences.
Jakob Lindhagen: Synthesizers
Co-produced by Jakob Lindhagen
Artwork by Sofia Nystrand
Cover design by David Teboul
Thanks to Jakob, David, Simon, Jocke, family and friends !
supported by 13 fans who also own “VARGKVINT - Brus”
This album makes me feel strong pulls of somberness and remorse, but a sense of maturity to it, as if it's but a distant scar now and am ready to move on.
The choice of slow moving cellos is very welcome on this album and makes the full piece feel full. Bombchu Link