Straight To Your Head

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Today we were include in Straight To Your Head podcast’s latest episode!
Lots of really great tracks and then our humble offering.
Recommended!

Listen here - Straight To Your Head Podcast

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Mood-of-Sunday-night-song

Late Sunday night, and this is the sort of mode I’m in.
This song by Passenger captured me. Brilliant!

Found it by Songbird Acoustic Blog

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Mastering the new single

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Yesterday it was time to do the mastering of the new single. Mastering is, for those of you who don’t know, when you do the last preparation and adjustment of a song before releasing it. It involves a lot of very expensive and well-sounding audio equipment and a pair of well tunes and experienced ears.
And since we admittedly have neither of those things we are forced to take our business elsewhere, namely to Stockholm Mastering and mastering engineer Thomas Eberger (in the picture above and left).
Thomas brought his magic to the two new songs. Listening, turning buttons, and generally tweaking things for an hour or so and then everything just sounded so much better.  Fantastic!

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So now we have two new songs ready. Now we need to fix a release date, plan the release… Well do all those things that needs to be done when releasing stuff to the world.

It feels great, it’s been almost two years since last. Too long if you ask me.

/Lasse

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Where you can hear yourself think

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Every I pack myself and the family into our car and drive 900 kilometers north. Up into the mountains and the wilderness. Our destination is a little village called Kittelfjäll (literally Cauldron Mountain in English) . Just a few houses clustered together on the mountain side beside the road that winds further on towards the Norwegian border.

It’s a place for rest, a place of peace, a place of quietness and place where you can hear yourself think. Even the smallest of thought can make themselves heard.

Here are some pictures I took this year that hopefully can share a little bit of that magic.

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Sunset and moon rising over Giri Mountain.

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Willow Herb

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 Down by the creek

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All ready to go for tonight’s mix session

Studio is all ready to go.

And I’m ready to start mixing a new song.
So all is well.

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First mix almost there

My father died suddenly in 1996 and 10 years after I wrote this song as a simple tribute. It only took 8 more years before it was recorded but here it is, almost finished.
It’s nothing sophisticated but it’s got a certain vibe to it I think.

/Lasse

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Looking back on summer

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Ok, there was frost on the car this morning. Winter is coming wheather we like it or not.

Time then to pick a few pictures from Sonja’s lovely visit this summer. We did track 7 songs and had wonderful time. It was all sun, both outside and in our minds.

And the result? Well here is a preview of one of the songs. Hope you enjoy, and that you can feel that summer feeling.

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First sounds from the new album

We are happy to bring you the first sounds from the new album. A work-in-progress mix of the song “Life Goes On”. Taken just after finishing the vocals tracks with Sonja Hewer.
Lasse wrote the song already in 2006 as a 10 year tribute to his father who passed away in 1996. It’s been in a drawer ever since, until Lasse sort of “rediscovered” it for the new album.
Hope you will enjoy and like it.

 

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While waiting for dinner to get ready

We had some really nice days when singer Sonja Hewer (from the German band Sonic Season) visited us last week and recorded vocals for the upcoming second album.

On Tuesday evening we set up a little band dinner when Ulla Wrethagen stopped by. While I was preparing food, Ulla and Sonja was jamming their favorite songs. I put up the cam recorder on the kitchen counter and just let it roll.

Their version of Melissa Etheridge’s You Can Sleep While I Drive came out very well. No problems cooking with this as entertainment.

/Lasse

 

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A place where songs are born

I’m one of those lucky with access to a summer house. A place far away from the city, with a slower beat, hidden in the woods close to the sea. I get at least a couple of weeks there every year with the family. The kids run more or less unsupervised and I get to do some songwriting.

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I set up my little song writing studio in our little guest house. I’ve got this very cheap keyboard with a sort of passable piano sound (with a bit of imagination). There is an old battered acoustic guitar (built and sounding like a tank), together with an electric I brought from home together with a microphone. And my iPad as a recorder (a late upgrade from the old sort-of-semi-modern porta).

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It’s not about the sound, it’s about having the time to feel and hearing yourself think. It’s about the trees, the wind and the sea. About how to easily get that flow of music recorded and remembered. Details and refinements can come later.
Many of my songs has been born here, and with a bit of luck (and some labour of love) a few more will be too this summer.

/Lasse

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