Christian Kjellvander “The Island”
Christian Kjellvander also has a knack for this particular great melodic density without any symphonic orchestra (on his own, near The (Alte) Elbe River), a knack for this stunning, never subsiding excitement and intensity. Music that does not flirt with superficial beauty. Not sad in an adolescent manner, but full of depth and extremely mature and elegant.
For the “Bridge The Gap” project, in collaboration with Heartdisco Music, a new acoustic session was created in early 2014.
The filming took place near the Elbe river at a small waterfall in the Rotehornpark in Magdeburg. Together with the wonderful sounds of the Swedish artist, a great atmosphere was created. This fits perfectly in the Bridge The Gap acoustic project.
About the artist:
Before going solo, he played in the alt country band Loosegoats. They released three studio albums and one EP collection, before parting ways in 2001. In the summer of 2000, Christian along with some fellow band mates and brother, Gustaf Kjellvander, recorded “The Painted Trees of Ghostwood” under the name Songs of Soil. After the dismantle of Loosegoats, Christian decided to go solo and after spending July 2002 in a studio in southern Sweden, Songs From A Two-Room Chapel was released in the fall of the same year. The following 18 months Christian toured in Sweden and the rest of Scandinavia as well as Europe and a shorter US tour with The Cardigans. In the summer of 2005, Christian returned to the studio with his band, Lazy Grace Frontier, to record the follow-up to the both critically and commercially successful solo debut. “Drunken Hands” was the first single from Christian’s second solo effort Faya, released in late 2005. Kjellvander spent 2006 touring both with Lazy Grace Frontier and alone in Scandinavia and Europe.
In early 2007, it was announced on Christian’s homepage that he would be supporting Logh on their European tour in April and May. During the summer of 2007, Kjellvander kept a low profile, only performing a few solo acoustic gigs, while recording his third solo effort at Mission Hall Studio. The working title of the album has been “I saw her from here, I saw here from her”, which Kjellvander revealed on his MySpace blog. Several titles of potential tracks have been released, among them “Somewhere Else”, “Two Souls”, and “Until The Mourning Comes”. The latter was recorded on a digital camera by Christian himself and released as a YouTube video by his record label Startracks at the end of July. In mid-October, “Two Souls” was released as the first, official single from Kjellvander’s third solo effort. The song can be found on Christian’s MySpace page and on YouTube with the official video. Additionally, Kjellvander’s booking agent, Luger, has released several new press photos.
- Christoph Schönefeldt – Ton
- Henning Lühr – Texte
- Matthias Fritsche – Kamera/Schnitt