• John Van de Mergel

Sounds | Kristoffer Gildenlöw, Snow


De Zweedse muzikant, kunstenaar en fotograaf Kristoffer Gildenlöw kennen velen onder jullie misschien nog als bassist voor Pain Of Salvation (1995-2006), maar dat hij onder zijn eigen naam reeds in 2013 een eerste album uitbracht zal minder geweten zijn. Nu is er zijn derde worp Homebound waarop dit wat donkere, sfeervolle nummer terug te vinden is. Allemaal goed en wel, maar waar het nu eigenlijk om gaat is dat 'onze eigen' Ashley Oomen de video heeft ingeblikt en ook samen met Gildenlöw het concept heeft bedacht. Sterk!


Homebound is op 5 juni 2020 verschenen via New Joke Productions


luister ook naar: Like Father, Like Son



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Kristoffer Gildenlöw (born 27 July 1978 in Eskilstuna, Sweden) is a Swedish musician and singer-songwriter, best known for being the bassist of Swedish progressive rock band Pain of Salvation. Kristoffer studied piano, drums, double bass, guitar, classical vocals and music design at Karlskoga Folkhögskola KM-Studios in Karlskoga, Sweden.


Gildenlöw's solo career as a singer-songwriter took flight with release of his debut album, RUST (2012), which featured a wide range of music and guest musicians. RUST was originally released as a deluxe vinyl album; the CD version of RUST (2013) was released almost a year later both via Glassville Records. "Fragile, dark, melancholic and soothing is the theme as Kristoffer Gildenlöw's RUST takes us on a sentimental journey through memories and dreams. Although this is not a concept album in any way, there is a red line throughout the album, dealing with youth, growing old, death and finding peace in life. The music is a personal emotional journey with a singer songwriter feel, ambient art rock moods and even touches of folk. Gildenlöw had been working on RUST for 6 years. Using whatever he needed to get the feeling right. RUST ended up with 27 guests on the album including Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation), Fredrik Hermansson (ex Pain of Salvation), Ola Hedén (ex Flower Kings)."


Media hype began for Gildenlöw's second solo album, 'The Rain' which was scheduled to be released 2016, with a release party set at Cultuur Podium de Boerderij in Zoetermeer, Netherlands on March 25, 2016. 'The Rain' features Fredrik Hermansson (former Pain of Salvation), Lars Erik Asp from the Norwegian band Gazpacho on drums and percussion, Paul Coenradie (Valentine), on guitar, Anne Bakker (Blaze Bayley) on violins and viola, and Maaike Peterse (Ayreon Theater Equation, Kingfisher Sky and Kovacs) on cello. Gildenlöw also said in an interview for Headbangers Lifestyle Magazine: "As `RUST' had more of a "theme" of growing older and coming to terms with past and future, the new album does have an actual concept to it. The album is about the struggles and life of a man with dementia - Alzheimer's disease. Each song will deal with different memories, emotions, and ideas and this creates a good bone structure for the whole concept of the album. Luckily, I don't have first-hand experience with family or friends who suffer from dementia, but I've read and seen many different stories over the years and I have no problem with empathy or placing myself in other people's situations. I am intrigued by walking in other people's shoes and these songs reflect how I think I would feel if I one day had to fight dementia myself.


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