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2011-11-15
Korallreven: An Album By Korallreven

After their introduction to the world through the singles The Truest Faith and Honey Mine the partnership of Marcus Joons and Daniel Tjäder (also of The Radio Dept) presents its debut album, An Album By Korallreven. The project was conceived after Joons returned from an extended trip to Samoa where he found inspiration in the local choirs. Mesmerized by the South Pacific and the exhilaration of travel, he shared his newfound passion with Tjäder and a partnership was born.

The result is a journey through influences as far flung as Southern Rap, Dreampop, Reggae, and Minimal Techno, among many others. The glittering production focuses on melodic evolution rather than structure; lush, dubbed-out instrumentals (Loved-Up) perfectly complement trance-pop vocal cuts (Keep Your Eyes Shut & Comin’ Closer).

Joining the duo are a host of collaborators including Victoria Bergsman and Julianna Barwick. Bergsman, who contributed her dulcet vocals to Honey Mine, returns with the swirling meditation of Pago Pago and the anthemic As Young As Yesterday. With Samoan choirs being a major influence on the record, who would be better to enlist than Julianna Barwick? Here, her loop-based vocal soundscape on Sa Sa Samoa builds from a choir of one to an ecstatic eruption.

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2011-10-18
Korallreven: As Young As Yesterday

After their introduction to the world through The Truest Faith and Honey Mine Marcus Joons and Daniel Tjäder (also of The Radio Dept) return with their third single, As Young As Yesterday.

Returning for her second collaboration with the duo is Victoria Bergsman who previously contributed her dulcet tones to Honey Mine. As Young triumphs with glittering bombast - a true Balearic anthem. Cascading 808 fills mingle with steely acoustic guitar and chipmunked vocals while deep kettledrums and pulsing strings balance things out. It’s a glorious celebration of Summer’s fade, a song that looks forward by glancing back.

Animal Collective’s Panda Bear, fresh off the tremendous success of Person Pitch, delivers a reinterpretation that is at times frenetic and jarring, and at others meditative and soothing. London’s Girl Unit revisits the pitched vocals and builds a sprawling epic that erupts into a throbbing payoff before subsiding to begin anew. Finally, the Korallreven boys wrap things up with a massive expansion of their original – an evolving, layered rhythm section lays the foundation for ecstatic builds of shimmering, hazy synths.

As Young is the latest single off of Korallreven’s debut album, An Album By Korallreven, out this November on Acéphale.

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2011-02-15
Korallreven: Honey Mine

After their introduction to the world with Loved-Up and its follow-up The Truest Faith, Korallreven continue to bring the Balearic hits with new single Honey Mine. This time around Marcus Joons and Daniel Tjäder (also of The Radio Dept) enlist the sublime Victoria Bergsman (Taken By Trees, The Concretes), whose distinctive voice brings a bittersweet gravity to an otherwise upbeat production. What could be a more fitting Valentine’s release than wallowing in the melancholy of a fading love?

This online only remix package includes the vinyl B-Side reinterpretation by fellow Swede Dan Lissvik, most notably of Studio. Lissvik’s instrumental remix lightens the mood a little, but the soft sadness of the original remains. Canadian duo Memoryhouse take the track into dreampop territory – with just a little bit of echo Bergsman’s vocals go full-on 4ad. Toronto’s Nacho Lovers stray from their usual classic house template to bring the dub with their version, evoking Carly Simon’s Balearic classic, “Why.” Finally, Korallreven close out the EP by revisiting their own production with cellist in tow – ramping up a massive build that climaxes in shimmering glory.

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2010-07-06
Korallreven: The Truest Faith b/w Loved-Up

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