Kristoffer Bolander — What Never Was Will Always Be
(Tapete TR400, 2018, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2018-04-18
German label Tapete Records / Bureau B releases a variety of music, but mostly electronic, so I did not know what to expect from this new release by Swedish singer-songwriter Kristoffer Bolander. Kristoffer has a high-pitched tenor voice similar to Mumford and Sons or Fleet Foxes. But the similarity stops there. It appears that in addition to writing all of the songs, Kristoffer also took care of all the arrangements, a truly solo effort. Daniel Johansson produced the album with the two of them crafting distinct sounds for each song. On most of the tracks there is a mixture of synths, woodwinds, guitars, and drums to provide some very strong instrumental support for Kristoffer’s voice. The result is a mixture of pop and progressive elements, at times sounding like Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Songs that stand out for me are the energetic “Heat,” the retro New Wave vibe of “Animals,” the atmospheric instrumental that closes the album “Florian’s Dream,” and the excellent acoustic love song “True Romance.” At odds with the music are Kristoffer’s stern, even angry, looking press photos. I am not at all sure what he is trying to achieve with his glare, which would cause me to move away from him. But his songs are very approachable and tend to grow on you. What Never Was Will Always Be is an interesting album well worth investigating.
Related artist(s): Kristoffer Bolander
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more