Erik Nilsson “The Imperfect Tense” Reviewed at Global Music Magazine

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“Erik Nilsson lives and works in the Venice of the North, Stockholm. As a teenager, he was on grunge and founded his own band. It was over when he was a few years later Björk heard of his kind of production, he was immediately fascinated. Immediately he set to work with his digital workstation, sampling, cutting, layering, and what it took.

Well, after years of maturity and development, he has found his sound made up of elements of folk, jazz, classical and contemporary experimental music. However, what Erik Nilsson is doing here is quite unusual. For example, Brian Eno is sure or Daniel Lanois similar music made him, but carries Nilsson’s new album “The Imperfect Tense” a very personal touch.

On the one hand, his music is minimalistic, on the other hand, there is still a lot in it. It looks transparent, but is composed of several layers and contains a lot of movement. The acoustic instruments used, such as the piano or the guitar, fuse with electronic sounds, yet an analogous impression remains. The sounds are flowing and at the same time the music is pulsing almost continuously.

We are really surprised by Erik Nilsson and his music. She is fascinated and you really want to hear her to the end, because you want to know how she goes on. It does not surprise in any way that Erik Nilsson is a popular film composer. His fine sense for the right measure and his sound-painting skills let his music, and that is what she sounds sublime despite all reduction and sound painting.

There is always a certain melancholy in the air. It does not depress, it calms rather. What Erik Nilsson does here with guitar and piano loops, samples, effects and synths, what he makes from the few but carefully chosen ingredients, is just good. Here is a creative mind at work, which has not become a programmer despite intensive computer use, but still want to remain a musician. He demonstrates this, for example, by concluding the final piece “Once, I Hero You in My Arms Forever” as indie rock. ”

- Global Music Magazine

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