Extra material and mentions

It’s been interesting to follow the life of the new album. When we for the first time in June gave a hint about it’s existence we had a plan not to just put it out there. We set a release date, created a rough time plan (not super serious), we’re still indie, right? But a schedule to get it all ready and for people to know about it. A schedule that slowly became tighter when we realized we wouldn’t even have the album cover ready for the release date. But that’s a different story.

When the album was out it took a few days or even a week for it to really take off. For example one day when I was out cleaning the barn to prepare for setting up a summer gym, I happened to have the phone in my hands photographing and suddenly got a call from vlt. Usually they just call to sell subscriptions, but this time they wanted to write something about the album. “Småbarnsföräldrarna släpper album” or “Parents releasing an album” a paywall article. Also available in the paper version of vlt 2107-08-09.

When the paper copy of vlt came out we received greetings from our friends at livekarusellen that we’ve been touring with and they wished us good luck with the new album.

Things are slowly staring to return to normal. We’ve been sharing some new ideas, working much with video and subtitling. If you’re interested in the story behind Explorers we’ve created two videos where Anneli and I talk more about the album. And the upcoming music and projects sheds light on that there is a life after the album for our creative spirits too.

 

Love Explorers art cover as much as I do?

Do you love the art cover for our new album as much as I do? So much that you want to look at it now and then throughout your day? Well, here’s a treat for you then. I’ve created a couple of backgrounds for phones. Just click the images below, save to your picture gallery and set as background.

Album – Explorers

It did really happen, now it’s out! Not like we haven’t done anything else during the last two years when we first came up with the idea of putting it all together. But it was amusing and a bit unexpected to see it there on top on Spotify instead of Divine Collection which we released 10 years ago. For sure a milestone and hopefully a memorable moment in Enchanted Duo’s history. It’s the first time that we’ve worked more focused on a release, some lessons learned and I do feel we got some tools to work smarter, we avoid working harder.

Explorers is not just over yet, we’re still working on some extra material that we’ll release when you’ve hade the time to get comfortable with the album. I do hope there will be some reviews of the album, but I know it’s hard to get the attention of reviewers with so much music being produced nowadays and their need to prioritize. What you could do is make your own review of the album over at CdBaby. We would really appreciate it and I wouldn’t be surprised if we in another 10 years are ready to give you the next album.

Title: Explorers
Genre: Rock/Ambient/Electronic
Tracks: 10
Available On: Spotify, Bandcamp, CdBaby
Released: 1/8 2017

Explorers album cover art

For quite a while now we’ve been planning for a photo shoot. A picture to match the music and make the cover art for the album Explorers. But that photo shoot just seems a bit illusive. Not really wanting to happen. I’m not sure why. It’s just the non-flow sometimes. Suddenly the release date of Explorers were coming closer and closer and we still had no cover art.

When I sat down to paint a couple of evenings ago I just sat down to paint. I had no thought of the album whatsoever. I just blended white, greens and blue and smeared on. I like painting with my hands. Just mixing the colors and stroking the canvas and see what happens. All of a sudden there was the contours of a jellyfish. I’ve been thinking of painting a jellyfish for some time. I love how they move. Like a ballet of the ocean. The jellyfish represents our emotions and recommend to let go of them rather than to surpress them. Really pleased with the result I made a few marketing pictures for the coming album. When we looked at them Nikolaus said briefly that this picture would look good as the cover art and that perhaps this would suite the genre we’re growing into.

The other evening I sat down with a brush to lift out the jellyfish some more with different red shades. Red always seems too brave a color choice to try and blend into a painting, but it worked really well. I stared at that wonderful magic jellyfish and felt convinced this would be the cover art for Explorers. So different from what I originally imagined. I mean at first I was looking at steampunk outfits for Nikolaus and me. Thinking of discoverers like Andreé and Samuelsen, but with a twist.


Now I understand why that photo shoot hasn’t happened yet. It wasn’t supposed to make the album cover. Perhaps we still need some new pictures of us as a band though.

Album update

It’s 10 years since we formed Enchanted Duo, it’s 10 years since we released our last album and now we give you 10 tracks. The new album will be called Explorers and the release date is set for 1st August.

Niklas Winde and his Uncertainties

We’re having strawberries and creme. It’s Nicko, I, our daughter and Niklas Winde sitting in the sun on his terrace. I’m not sure who is more nervous. Not my daughter though. She’s busy with her sandwiches. The rest of us make some smalltalk. When the strawberries are finished the moment we’ve all been waiting for has come. We make our way down to the basement and into Niklas’ studio. First we listen to our mix of “A Rock For A Heart”. My daughter has come to the conclusion that Niklas seems okay and gives him her hat to wear (pink with leopard pattern and with the wording “sweet”). Niklas wears it gallantly. Then it’s time for Niklas’ remix of “A Rock For A Heart”. My daughter moves her head to the rhythm appreciatively. It works. We like it. The pressure is off. Fun becomes fun again.

We have very different approaches to making music. Where I usually focus on the structure of a song, Niklas works with shorter loops of just a few beats. His comment to “A Rock For A Heart” was: “What long lopps you use!” and I stared at him a bit confused: “Loops?”

But that is how he works with his synths. “I get inspiration from myself as much as from the machines,” he says as we discuss how he composes. He explains that he starts with an idea and along the way he explores and discovers sounds he couldn’t even dream up. When he finds the flow and everything comes together is the highlight of making music.

I ask what compositions he’s more pleased with and he tells me about his “vacuum cleaner sounds”. These compositions have just recently become an album: Niklas Winde – Uncertsinties (Synthesator Vol. 8) 


We’re featuring our version of “A Rock For A Heart” on our coming album, but with a twist. On the bridge we’re ripping just a few seconds from the remix by Niklas.

Nytt album på gång

Det här med att skriva musik går verkligen i perioder för mig. Jag tror att vi, jag och Nicko, mer och mer hittat vårt musikskaparlunk. I höstas kläckte vi idén om att försöka sätta ihop ett album. Vi hade flera nya outgivna låtar på gång, de vi släppt under året och ett par lite äldre som passar ihop. Allihop som passar soundet vi slipat fram under årens gång.


Först trodde vi nog att vi skulle få färdigt materialet i höstas, men för mig bara låste det sig. Jag orkade helt enkelt inte. I flera månader gick jag och kände mig lite dum. Viljan fanns, men ingen ork och ingen inspiration. Istället har jag duttat lite då och då. Lagt lite sång, gjort om etc. Nicko är nog den som suttit mest med låtarna och mixat och fixat. Och så nu bara lossnade det och materialet blev klart. Vi har till och med skickat iväg alltihop på mastring. Så nog ska väl det där albumet bli klart i år. Väldigt spännande!

10 years as a band

It almost passed us by but earlier this year while discussing some old projects we realized that it’s 10 years since we formed Enchanted Duo. We did so by releasing the album Divine Collection in 2007. From there it’s been a journey. This year we will look back at some of the events and happenings from the past. Hopefully we will have some really fresh and interesting things coming up this year too.

Pandora och ersättning från USA

Det började med att jag för ett tag sedan fick ett mail från vår distributör, CD Baby. Vi uppmanades att ansluta oss till den amerikanska upphovsrättsorganisationen SoundExchange för att inte gå miste om pengar från USA. Så här såg den intressanta delen av mailet ut:

Pandora Radio and SoundExchange

Jag blev lite osäker på hur detta fungerade och beslöt mig för att kontakta Stim för att se om de har något samarbete med denna organisation. Svaret jag fick var att ersättningen som SoundExchange samlar in förmodligen är för själva användningen av inspelningen som man som artist medverkar på. Vidare hänvisade de till SAMI, eftersom Stim bara representerar låtskrivarna. Vad jag kan hitta på nätet så har SAMI tecknat ett avtal om upphovsrättsersättningar med SoundExchange.

Stim: Representerar musikskapare och låtskrivare.

 

SAMI: Representerar artister och musiker.

Så för att ta del av denna ersättning måste man ansluta sig till SAMI.

SAMI bekräftar även i ett mail att man har avtal med SoundExchange och att de betalar till SAMI för svenska huvudartister som spelas på webbradio i USA. De har dessutom ett avtal med AFM SAG-AFTRA som betalar ut till övriga svenska musiker.