"Beväpna dig med vingar" (release: 2012-02-15) is something as unique as a record without a best before date. Had it been released ten years ago you would have loved it just as intensely. In 20 years from now it will still be discovered by a new audience that is longing, like me and you, for something that does not try so anxiously to fit in. Something stronger, something that burns through the skin.
Like the poems written by the Danish poet Michael Strunge (1958-1986). He grew up in Hvidovre, a suburb to Copenhagen, and like others of his generation he was fascinated by Bowie and became obsessed by the uncompromising energy of punk rock. Between his debut in 1978 and his early death in 1986 he rushed through life, releasing no less than 12 books. In 2012 his name can be found in the booklet when Sweden's most prominent artist returns with one of his finest efforts.
Or like the woodcuts of the Belgian graphic and painter Frans Masereel (1889-1972). 40 years after his demise a number of people in the Nordic countries will find out more about Frans Masereel and perhaps buy one of his brilliant novels. Like we do when we see a name on an album we love.
"Beväpna dig med vingar" consists of nine tracks that was produced by Thåström and Ulf "Rockis" Ivarsson. The recording took place in Stockholm's old Klara district and Hammarbyhamnen together with Niklas Hellberg, Pelle Ossler, Ulf "Rockis" Ivarsson, Mikael Nilzén and Anders Hernestam, among others. Michael Ilbert mixed the songs in the legendary Studio Hansa (Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Nick Cave) in Berlin. The cover art was created by Pär Wickholm.
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