Albert Af Ekenstam - SE

On the 14th of October Albert af Ekenstam’s debut album will meet its expectant audience. “Ashes” is its name and the outstanding label Kning Disk will release it. Singer/guitarist Sumie Nagano (whose self-titled album on Bella Union is a must for all who love unique voices), drummer/ keyboardist/producer Filip Leyman (who, together with Albert, make up the post-rock constellation Tempel) and trumpeter Max Lindahl (known from a number of jazz bands) have all helped Albert bring it to fruition.

Like Elliot Smith (rest in peace) and Damien Jurado, say, Albert is a very brave and straightforward singer-songwriter. His melodies and lyrics are like uncensored and infinitely beautiful letters – without euphemisms and false chords they let you know what’s on his mind. At the same time they’re universal – if you’ve loved and lost you can relate to them.

They also – also! – start your internal movie projector. With “Ashes” on the stereo and with eyes closed memory fragments, glowing emotions and pure dreams fly through your soul. That Filip’s production (which you’ve heard on Anna von Hausswolff’s two latest albums) is both intimate and grand at the same time makes this personal cinematic experience even more sensational.

And then, as soon as it began, it is all over, and we’re taken down ‘The Avenue’ for the proper close to the album, a suitably naked guitar and vocals take which showcases what it is that truly makes this album so special: Albert af Ekenstam and his collection of vividly alive songs. — 8/10
— Drowned in Sound

Label: Kning Disk

Territory: Netherlands

Agent: Marije van Veen

Links: Website / Spotify / Facebook