Folkvett is Christian Åkerström, producing sheer mountainous analogue synthesis jams from a hide-away in Sweden. Tröskelvärk is the debut full-length album released by the project, and it gets straight down to business, all minimal and chilly and tight. Vinyl release on Pater Noster.
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Synth guys are always ‘wizards’ aren’t they. Has there ever been an 'oboe wizard’?
Aaaanyway this is the debut from Swedish synth 'wizard' Christian Åkerström. I almost put duo before realising that this was a solo project. There’s something about these pulsating jams that suggests this could be the work of a band. There’s a punky grittiness in that is far removed from you usual guy-with-a-bank-of-keys thing. Not only is it highly charged but it is highly atmosphered too. Opener ‘Smutsiga Hander’ (oh God I’m going to have fun here aren’t I?) has an ice cold feel. The soundtrack to being chased by something terrifying. This burble of life threatening synths continues across the record. They a punched into the red for maximum ear impact and wobble and flange in all the right places.
Several influences spring to mind most notably Suicide and the Blade Runner soundtrack but also freezing early 80s minimal synth work, there’s not too much light and shade so don’t expect any sweet ear cushions. It’s an LP full of nasty sounding buzzing and distorted synth.
Please don’t be frightened. Synths are our friends.
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