The Swan & The Lake : Clouds – Out now in all digital stores.
The Danish composer The Swan And The Lake is at it again with his trademark widescreen soundscapes wrapped around 11 new tracks of exquisite Scandinavian balearica (Scandilearic).
With the release of his first album “Moments” last year on Copenhagn’s Music For Dreams, we were all introduced to a unique artistic vision. With one foot in the ambient chill out spectrum and the other in everything from classical avant-garde, IDM and jazz.
The music of Emil Svane Breum under his alias The Swan And The Lake is both very accessible yet complex. On his new album “Clouds” we see him expand on those same ideas and with seemingly simple means achieve extraordinary strong emotions.
The jazzy intro of “Fresh Food” leads us into a sublime piece of hazy ambient groover that could easily be mistaken for a lost 80’s production from Japan.
“Clouds Over Østerbro” keeps things playfully cool and adds element of scat singing and xylophones, layered over Breum’s shimmering bright chords. While the title suggest we are still on Danish soil, this feels like a 5 minute vacation to a tropical paradise!
Guitarist Johan Liepstack makes a guest appearance of “Summer In December” which comes off as an understated anthem that could break out into euphoria at any second, but manages to stay in a sombre state all the way through.
The Mallorca inspired track “Port d’Andratx” comes in two versions – Part 1 called (Sun) shines like a perfect escape into that Cafe Del Mar/ Hostal la Torre sunset and the more deep and melancholic Part 2 is named “Rain”.
The gentle trickling of “Waterfalls” sees Breum mimic the eternal cycle of water, creating an organic and ethereal composition that stretches out seemingly without beginning or end.
On the track “Plastic Pacific Ocean remake” we are visited once more by airy Vangelis like vocals who takes on the role of a nurturing angel, guiding us to a comforting state of relaxation and healing, as Breum lays down an overwhelmingly beautiful synth serenade with chords that seem to know exactly how to hit you right at the core of your most vulnerable state
On the closer “Heavens Voice” we see Breum in his most epic and emotional mood, as he steers us through a slow explosive force of cinematic sounds. It all ends with a heartfelt spoken word contribution by guest vocalist Neonbi.
Available on LP, CD, Digital Download & Streaming.