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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.

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.

Screen Sharing In The Studio

When we first set up some kind of studio to record our music, we just put the mic up in front of the computer while recording. A problem then was that it picked up some of the noise from the computer. Later we got a recording booth and that has improved our recordings a lot. One problem though is the distance between the booth and the computer. You have to get in and out to start and stop the recording. Not to mention that the cat also gets in and out. We seldom use the setup with the singer in the booth and the producer by the computer. Rather we record our own vocals and at a later time review it together. So it would be convenient to be able to control the computer from inside the booth.

Nicko sjunger i tonfällan

Cubase iC ProI started to look for a solution based on the recording software that we use, which is Cubase. The developer do offer an app for iPad to remote control Cubase. First you have to install some additional software on the computer to complete the setup. For me it only partially worked, or hardly even that.

It wasn’t before later when I was working with operating panels for industrial use that I came across a more generic way of remote controlling another computer on a WiFi network or even over the Internet. It’s called VNC and it’s based on a server/client setup. You install the software on your computer and on your mobile device. Since the VNC technique is generic there’s a lot of apps to choose from, like RealVNC and TighVNC. If you’re using a Mac as I happen to be you don’t even have to install anything on the server side. It’s already there since and it’s called Screen Sharing.

Screen Sharing

Our Lyrics

You might have noticed the new link in the menu. Yes, we’ve moved them here – the lyrics to our songs. 

Earlier you could find them on our separate site called Lyrisk. To us it became too much of a hassle to add lyrics to the site with it’s not so user friendly interface. Therefore some of the lyrics to our latest songs never got added. I even saw in the website statistics searches targeting lyrics I knew weren’t there **shame**. 

If there’s lyrics you’ve been missing you should have a look now since we’ve added the ones we found missing. One thing about the old site that I think some of you appreciated though was that sometimes you could find lyrics to songs that were not yet released. We’ll see how to go about that in the future.