January 2005: Tor Lundvall Press ReleaseStrange Fortune
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In times when the elusive idea of ďmultimediaĒ has come to be demanded everywhere, how many artists can you name who are delivering seriously memorable work in more than one medium?
Meet the singular, New York-based musical solo artist & painter, Tor Lundvall, now unveiling his most remarkable musical release to date, Last Light, on the new Strange Fortune label.
Tor Lundvall is perhaps currently best known for his extraordinary paintings, which lure the viewer irresistibly into his mysterious shadowworld, where lost souls wander amidst ravishing landscapes of supernatural power.
Anyone not already seduced by Torís visuals is advised to dive into his online gallery, at torlundvall.com. You wonít regret it, but you may never come back out again.
The paintings are just one part of this story, as Tor spends the rest of his time crafting his themes and unmistakable aesthetic into the even more appropriate, ethereal realm of sound.
Tor Lundvallís major musical releases to date have been highly atmospheric, mainly consisting of a four album cycle based on the four seasons: Autumn Calls (with Tony Wakeford of Sol Invictus), Ice, The Mist, and 2003ís celebrated Under the Shadows of Trees.
Each one is a distinct soundscape that perfectly captures the magic of its time of year, as seen through Torís eyes.
With each new release Tor added a bit more vocals and lyrics, while keeping an atmospheric approach, remaining loosely in the ďambientĒ music category.
The seasonal cycle completed, itís time for a new chapter, and here it is with the major new release, Last Light.
Without giving away everything, Last Light is the first Tor Lundvall album that may be said to be set indoors rather than out. Tor recounts:
The initial inspiration behind the album came from a journal entry I wrote in April 2002 entitled ďLying in Bed - A Strange Evening.Ē I remember watching the blueish-grey light shimmering outside, and hearing distant sounds echoing far away, eventually sinking into silence and stillness.
Furthermore, the lyrics and vocals are now the focus of the music.
Initially the words are used descriptively, to set the mood and atmosphere. From there, we start learning for the first time whatís going on in Torís mind. Thoughts that might have been whispered on the wind in previous releases are now on center stage.
Itís quickly clear this time, Tor isnít just here to talk about the weather. Tor explains:
I personally feel that this album is my strongest to date. Last Light is different from my past works in that the vocals are much more up front, and the music itself is more sparse and austere, although much is going on beneath the surface.
Musically, the lush, organic-sounding, reverb-loaded electronics are pleasing and enveloping as ever, while more structured and focused than before.
As usual, original paintings by Tor adorn this musical release, and as the artwork is so closely intwined with the musical work, the two should not be separated or context is lost.
If one word describes all of Tor Lundvallís music itís got to be, ďmoody,Ē and this new album is no exception in that regard at all. Torís converted fans will be ready to soak in whatever mood he chooses to set, and hereís the next serving.
For those who have yet to sample Torís music, it may not be readily comparable to any other artist, but those who enjoy Brian Enoís ambient works will certainly find qualities to appreciate in the soundscapes of Torís own world.
Now with the release of Last Light, fans of David Sylvian, Fennesz, and even Lycia will discover music that strikes a welcome chord.
Look out: 2005 is the year that Tor Lundvall becomes the star he rightfully is.
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