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Friday, Oct 07 2016 | 02:01
Image: 1605952 Sonar Kollektiv present Darkness On The Edge Of Ecstasy the debut album from Jonatan Bäckelie

A1. Circles
A2. It Could Go Either Way
A3. Heidegger, Marx or Foucault
B1. Speech Is No More
B2. Song
B3. When Your Phase Is Gone
C1. I Don’t Know (Part I)
C2. I Don’t Know (Part II)
C3. Britch
D1. Weapon Together
D2. Listen
D3. Blisters

Even though “Darkness On The Edge Of Ecstasy” is the first album by Jonatan
Bäckelie under his given name, the singer from Gothenburg is not a newcomer at
all. Under the moniker Ernesto he already released four rather jazzy longplayers.
As Pinku Vääty or Jong Tan Bäckelie takes care exclusively of his electronic
productions. And over the last few
months and years he collected international acclaim as a gifted guest singer. For
example on Alex Barck's debut (“Reunion”) on Sonar Kollektiv.
As the title might suggest, „Darkness On The Edge Of Ecstasy“ is a sombre, but
never pessimistic collage of modern pop music not holding back with emotions.
Bäckelie produced, arranged and recorded the majority of the twelve songs all by
himself. “Circles” is a captivating club track, and – as the opener of the album –
arouses expectations massively for all the things to come. The following tune, “It
Could Go Either Way”, though is something like a ballad with a menacing synth
line and a prickly bass sound expanding the listeners’ horizon by another
dimension. This variety continues throughout the whole album. “Song” is a cover
of a tune by blue-eyed soul legend Lewis Taylor. On “When Your Phase Is Gone”
Bäckelie collaborates with his old companion Paul Lachenardière and the guitar
player David Orrebäck as well as the string player Måns Carlsson. But we'll also
get instrumentals like “Weapon Together” with which the Swede shows off his
producers skills impressively.
These skills are so well-versed that a track like “I Don't Know” had to be split into
Part I and Part II. It seems like Bäckelie masters all forms of art and with this
album he points the way with a bang. „Darkness On The Edge Of Ecstasy“ is
music for the modern age, for people with an distinguished taste in music and
maybe even for other producers and musicians who want to find out how to perfect
your own sound and visions. A quintessentially well-done album! Available from 18.11.2016
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