Allt Ã„r Musik is somewhat of a rarity in that Andreas SjÃ¶gren, the primary force behind Allt Ã„r Musik, sings in his native tongue. The typical Swedish artist tends to sing in English. On SkapelseberÃ¤ttelsen, Allt Ã„r Musik creates lo-fi pop tunes that blend acoustic guitars with drone-ridden synths, the combination of which is quite peaceful.
Songs like “Allt Ã„r Sagt Och Gjort” and title track “SkapelseberÃ¤ttelsen” include heavier synth focuses, but it’s not always the case. SjÃ¶gren will toss in a track where the primary focus is stripped to acoustics, like the outstanding, simple, yet entirely catchy tune “Lyssna Noga”, where the percussion builds softly for a most impressive conclusion, and a similarly constructed “Tomrum, Tomrum”.
There are comfortable mediums, like “Skymningen”, where the consistent, bass heavy acoustic strum maintains a very soothing presence, despite a mixed-down synth. Still, both sounds are conducive to one another; going from the organ-heavy drone of “SkapelseberÃ¤ttelsen” into the slightly bouncy pop in “Tomrum, Tomrum” is a little strange, but there’s a consistency that allows it to work very well.
Even when it leads into the third track, a heavily distorted pop track called “BorgmÃ¤staren” in the vein of The Hartmans, the continuity remains. And that’s what makes SkapelseberÃ¤ttelsen a brilliant lo-fi pop album.
Allt Ã„r Musik: Skymningen [mp3]
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Allt Ã„r Musik: Lyssna Noga [mp3]
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Series Two Records [CD, 2008]
2. Tomrum, Tomrum
4. OvÃ¤n Med Mig SjÃ¤lv
5. MÃ¥ndag I Mitt Liv
7. I Gungning
8. Ã… Andra Sidan
9. Glad PÃ¥ Allvar
11. Allt Ã„r Sagt Och Gjort
12. Lyssna Noga
13. GÃ¥ Solo