Revered Swedish pianist Henrik Lindstrand presents his brand new single via One Little Independent ahead of his third solo album ‘Nordhem’.
Of new track ‘Jum-Jum’ Henrik tells us “The title is the name of a character in Astrid Lindgren´s fantasy novel Mio, my son (Mio, min Mio) from 1954. I remember my mother reading it to me as a child and it was one of my favourite stories. Its written in an epic poetry and is very dark and sad but there is also a lot of hope in it. I’ve also recently read it for my son and the idea to the piece was inspired by the main character Bosse and his friendship with Jum-Jum.”
‘Nordhem’ represents the finale in a trilogy of poetic, deeply personal melodically woven soundscapes comprising of the two critically acclaimed albums ‘Leken’ (2017) and ‘Nattresan’ (2019). Lindstrand communicates emotions through a soothing and intimate universe that seamlessly blends genres into his own ecosystem of sounds from the piano.
At once both epic and emotive, much of ‘Nordhem’ ties into themes of family and nostalgia and draws inspiration from hugely diverse experiences of a life fully lived as well as poetic literature, such as ‘Blå Berget’ taken from Mina Drömmars Stad (City of my Dreams) by Swedish writer Per Anders Fogelström.
On the likes of ‘Hallonlandet’, ‘Gamla skolor’ and ‘Syrsor’, we’re introduced to Lindstrand’s penchant for experimentation; the former an exercise in subtractive techniques, breaking down a track to its skeletal structure, and the latter two presenting wistful keys that weave in and out of one another within different loops and patterns, expanding further and challenging traditional song structures.
Lindstrand’s career is littered with accolades that make up an impressive and eclectic resume. A keen musician from a young age, he graduated from the Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen where he became engrossed in the local musical culture and lent his skills to a multitude of acts as a studio musician, live player and string arranger. This lead to him being “adopted” into Danish rock band Kashmir, one of Scandinavia‘s most prominent and acclaimed bands with whom he toured the world extensively as their keyboard player and guitarist.
During his tenure in Kashmir and until the band’s hiatus, Henrik worked with seminal profiles such as Tony Visconti, Andy Wallace, David Bowie and Lou Reed, whilst building a career alongside as a highly regarded composer for television and cinema. Recent accomplishments include the score for the ITV Nordic-noir series Greyzone, the soundtrack for the hugely successful and award winning Lego game, Builder´s Journey and a film score to Undtagelsen (The Exception). Recent notable solo performances include concerts in Copenhagen, The Heartland Festival (DK) Silent Green in Berlin, Soho House London, Union Chapel London and Pianeo Festival Munster (D).
- Blå Berget
- Gamla skolor
- Stora Huset
- Stjärnvägar I
- Stjärnvägar II