BIO FOR "COLOR THE TREES" (rel July 29th 2011 via Fourmusic.com in Germany/AustriaSwitzerland/Scandinavia except for Sweden where it's being released Aug 10th)
It is not hard to imagine these songs travelling through Europe. How they were given birth in Berlin's colourful melting pot of expressions and impressions by Andrea Kellerman's alter ego Firefox AK. How they danced all the way to the Swedish borders and were embraced by the Nordic melancholy. In Stockholm they were introduced to indiepop guru and producer Andreas Mattsson, bandmate in Hello Saferide but a newcomer when it comes to electronic music, showed to be a success. For the first time Andrea felt that she was mature enough to slightly lose control. The songs survived - even grew - without her interrupting in every phase of the process.
Soon the well-known duo of Lasse Mårtén (Johnossi) and Björn Yttling (Lykke Li, Peter, Bjorn & John) joined the project. The original idea was to let Lasse mix the album but after he produced one of the songs the result was so impressive that he ended up producing two more tracks. A couple of other songs were created together with Björn Yttling. Ok, most songs were actually written in Andrea's hometown of Stockholm and while she was in Germany the songs were being sent as zipped files between two computers. The tracks never sat on that night train to Stockholm while the tight forest passed by outside the widow. But still. Listening to Firefox AK's third album is like travelling between big cities and the countryside, between grand nature and the neon lights of the nightclubs. And underneath it all rests a fantastic foundation of the most beautiful, melancholic melodies you will hear in 2011.
BIO FOR "IF I WERE A MELODY"
Last autumn, Andrea Kellerman moved from Stockholm to Berlin. For a few months, Andrea spent her days in the kitchen in two different sublets, writing songs and recording them. If I Were A Melody was recorded and produced together with her friend Viktor Ginner (who also produced the first Firefox AK album Madame, Madame!).
During three months in Berlin, Andrea never saw one single bird. Those kind of observations inspired her and later turned into songs (in this case, Flutter Of A Wing).
It was a year and a half ago since Madame, Madame! was released.
A lot has happened since then:
For one thing, the German dance scene inspired Andrea, who started listening even more to electronic music. Her beats are tougher and more muffled, and this time around, the melodies are harder to grip.
American label Minty Fresh (the same people who first introduced the Cardigans to the US, fact fans) have also signed Firefox AK.
Apart from all of her own shows, Firefox AK opened for her own favorites Junior Boys during their European tour. Andrea asked Junior Boys member Matt Didemus if he wanted to mix the new album. Matt accepted and has also produced the songs Shero, and Every time I ride my bike. Because of this, Andrea once again found herself in Berlin in the autumn of 2007, this time mixing the album with Matt.
Andrea says she would rather not explain exactly what the lyrics are about, and claims she'd rather just have people interpret them the way they like.
– There's a quote by Chuck Palahniuk that I almost used as the title for the album: "What you don't understand, you can make mean anything."
– But I guess there is a main theme: that a lot in my life is about struggling to achieve goals, but that once achieved don't mean as much as I thought they would. I use that for creative purposes: when you're never 100 % content with anything, you always tend to strive harder.
Winter Rose is the first single of the album. The song features Andrea's husband, Rasmus Kellerman (also known as Tgr Lou), on vocals. Andreas Hogby (from Torpedo, and also the bass player when FFAK play live), sings on All I Hear.
"Tomorrow and Monday will be important days. It's the last two days of mixing and then it's done... I can't believe it. I've done it again and I just turned 28."
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"If I Were A Melody" will be released in Sweden on February 27, 2008.
BIO FOR "MADAME, MADAME!"
After four years in London, singing in the triphop collective Anamorphic, Andrea Kellerman longed to go back home to Sweden. She walked past a fire hydrant and saw a word printed on it: Firefox. Andrea immediately stole the name and made it hers. She wrote songs of her own and was planning to start a solo project. She picked up an acoustic guitar, and started playing her songs. Sure, it sounded good: she had the voice, the melodies, the lyrics. But something was missing. It all sounded too - nice.
Andrea Kellerman has never been a fan of making it easy for herself. She wouldn’t settle for nice. She took out her electric guitar instead, and started working with Viktor Ginner, an old friend from school. Together, Andrea and Viktor placed Andrea’s soft voice on a landscape of beats, and keyboards. And suddenly, everything fell into place.
Fast forward: two years later, and Firefox AK is just about to release her first full length album: Madame, madame! It features ten tracks of melodic electronic pop, hard and soft at the same time, a whole new mixture of warm and cold that will leave you with a feeling of not knowing exactly what you just heard. I wanted the album to be danceable, and I wanted it to contain even more beats and synthesizers, says Kellerman. It’s her album from the beginning to the end: not only has she written all the songs, sings, plays guitars and bass; but she has also made the album art, together with her husband. And of course she produced the whole lot, together with Viktor Ginner.
“The Knife is producing Belle & Sebastian in their cutest mood. Then Beth Orton goes on a picknick with The Postal Service”, wrote Sweden’s biggest daily Dagens Nyheter when trying to describe Firefox AK’s unique sound. “The best electro pop since Kraftwerk released Man machine”, wrote another paper.
Swedish radio stations took miss AK to their hearts, giving her lots of airplay, and newspaper Stockholm City named her the most probable Gonnabe of the year 2006. Long lost penpal, her duet with label mate Hello Saferide, became an instant hit in Sweden, hitpick on ZTV, etc. And her crazy touring is bound to continue.
Over the past two years, Andrea performed 150 gigs: in Scandinavia, Germany, UK, France, Austria, opening for Stereo Total, Vive La Fete, Maria Taylor and Junior Boys. She travelled in crowded buses, and played punk clubs one day, fancy concert arenas the other. She played all the big festivals in Sweden during the summer of 2006 and moved to Berlin in the fall to be near the inspiring electro scene and to start the work of her second album.
More info about Firefox AK here