If you by any chance are in Malmö, Sweden this weekend don’t miss the opportunity to see all these nice synthpop / new wave / EBM acts live at Neostalgia’s birthday party on Saturday April 27th
19:30 DAS ICH
20:40 TWICE A MAN
Tickets can be purchased here:
And for more information check out their Facebook page for all the details (most of it in Swedish unfortunately, but you may use Google translate to get all the details)
A spectacularly gorgeous song about my favourite obsession demands an equally spectacularly gorgeous visual accompaniment.
The lyrics are loosely based on the poem “Clouds” by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
The female guest vocalist is Karin Dreijer Andersson, aka The Knife, aka Fever Ray.
The Swedish duo from Twice A Man has already been active since the late 80s. Having released an impressive number of albums the duo Dan Söderqvist – Karl Gasleben has been mainly active in composing music for exhibitions, performances and other work for film and television. “Icicles” takes some distance with the aforementioned and more conceptual releases although the sound of this album would perfectly fit to a new visual concept. There’s a strong visual appeal emerging from this album.
The songs are quite moody and often very melancholic. The guitar parts are quite impressive for empowering a kind of psychedelic touch. Electronic and piano sounds are full of delicacy adding a very refined touch to the composition. The global atmospheric part of this album definitely brings an intriguing style. I can’t compare “Icicles” to any other album, but I think it’s not that strange to get The Northern Territories coming to mind. Both bands are from Sweden and they deal with a similar melancholic genre. Songs like “Everything Is Possible”, “Tranquil Moonlit Lake”, “Where Are You Now” and “Moon” are the most essential pieces from this release. The song “Where Are You Now” was originally written in 1991, but finally achieved in 2010. It sounds a bit unbelievable, but it tends to prove that a song can finally evolve like a red wine into a real ‘grand cru’. “Icicles” sounds that melancholic and at the same time that refreshing in the wide fields of pop music!
Band: www.twiceaman.com / www.myspace.com/twiceaman
The old dolphines and whales sampling pioneers are due with a new album early next year. Their old album has always been a good source of inspiration. Their new album Clouds will be released on Jan 25th so make sure to check it out.
04: Mars Is Still Around
10: When September Shined
This is the first release from Twice a Man since Johnny Friberg joined founders Dan Söderqvist and Karl Gasleben as a permanent member. He hasn’t joined the band on stage yet though, but is responsible for a lot of the quite advanced rhythm programming. Shall be quite interesting to see what he can add.
Below one of my old favorites: