Lars Bygdén is a singer/songwriter from Sweden; that’s to say, he’s an artist who creates haunting folk melodies fronted by strong vocals that seem to echo through the darkness. His latest release – his third under his own name – is simply called LB and the opening track, “The Hole”, recently received very stunning video treatment.
Directed and animated by Emil Gustafsson Ryderup, “The Hole” is a melancholy video that focuses on a journey beneath the surface of the earth. The viewer gets the impression “The Hole” metaphorically refers to debt, discomfort, or even just isolation.
Bygdén’s soft, finger-plucked guitar melodies are occasionally accompanied by woodwinds, horns and strings. The accompaniment is subtle, but adds substantial depth to the song. Talking is silver / Silence is gold he coos during the chorus; these lyrics add further mystery behind the song, which is beautifully crafted and well worth a fair bit of attention. Guest vocals are provided by Christian Kjellvander.