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Malmö, Skåne, Sweden | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Malmö, Skåne, Sweden | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Alternative Rock




"Have you met ALBERT?"

ALBERT are an indie-pop band from Malmö in the south of Sweden. The band formed in 2011 and have been working together ever since. Today is the official release of their debut, self-titled album. Ahead of the release, Mr. Wolf sat down with the band's lead singer, Wallentin, to enjoy a mid-morning coffee and get the inside news on the ALBERT’s plans for the future.

ALBERT started life as a trio featuring Wallentin Richardsson, Erik Sunding, and Niklas Björk. David Scholander was the fourth and final member to join the group in 2011. Walletin met him when they were working together in the recording studio and they quickly decided to team up.

Over the next two years, the band worked on writing and arranging songs for their debut album. The inspiration behind the album was simple: to produce something raw, something uncomplicated. However, achieving this simple idea was easier said than done. Wallentin says,
“We’re basically all perfectionists, so even though we aim for rawness we tend to keep tinkering with a song until it reaches a point where it is quite thoroughly worked.”

To tackle this problem ALBERT decided to take their work away from the usual surroundings – a disused textiles factory in the industrial sector of Malmö – and into the Swedish countryside. Here, they rented a space and brought on board one of their favourite producers, Mathias Oldén (The Radio Dept, Logh), and recorded the entire album over just four days. The challenge was to cram over two years of work into less than a week of studio time. The result is an album that avoids slick production, and retains the rawness originally intended by the band.

On the sound and style of their music, Wallentin cites The National and Death Cab for Cutie as being two of his, and the band’s, biggest musical influences. These influences are definitely present in their music, but are managed in a playful and often delightful way.

On his personal musical inspiration, Wallentin says, “I can’t not make music. For me, it’s really automatic – it’s part of what I am. It’s not out habit, but more like out of need. When I was a kid I played soccer. I wanted to be a professional so I went out and practiced every single day. Then I found this music thing. So I think I’ll keep doing it every day until it gets boring. It’s the best way to spend my time right now.”

After the release of their debut album, ALBERT are hoping to fill their schedule with live shows, and appearances at festivals. Despite the difficult logistics of touring in Sweden, they are also hoping to return to Gothenburg and other cities in the coming months. So keep your ear to the ground, ALBERT may soon be coming to a city near you.

Words: Annie Ferguson - Mr Wolf Magazine / Annie Ferguson

"ALBERT - Lux"

Formed last year, the band are soon to release their debut album and the lead single is called 'Lux'. The video is another puzzler, something which seems to be the order of the day at the moment, and it involves children picking on someone using water balloons, a lumberjack in a forest (always good to make use of Sweden's stunning natural habitat - or at least we assume it was filmed there) who is found chopping down a tree by a mysterious figure who follows a system of strings, maybe put in place so the lumberjack can find his way home safely. It's very weird, and that's without mentioning the rather angry woman who throws a table of food across the room.

I'm sure it'll all make sense to some of you, film has never been my strong point. To throw in a cliché, 'Lux' sounds incredibly accomplished for a band who've only been together for a year. The production and arrangements are just about perfect, and the standard of writing sounds as though it was penned by someone with plenty of experience. But maybe it was; the history of each member before the formation of ALBERT is something we can't tell you anything about. It's a powerful song though, and one that, despite being an "indie"-type song, has definite commercial potential. In fact, if you take all the boring bands who've enjoyed inexplicable success in the last couple of decades (we're talking the Travis and Keanes of this world), and made them a more of a force to be reckoned with, and gave them plenty of guts and a bit more imagination, then the result would be something much more rewarding, kind of like ALBERT really. Nice to meet you, guys. - Sound Of Confusion


ALBERT - S/T - 2014-03-27
Thomas, WV
Dots and Dashes
Any Day Now
No One Knows Where The Light Goes
Away We Go
Never Mind The Fine Print



With our focus set on making something raw and heartfelt, yet intricate, we launched ALBERT a few years back. The plan was to let things take their time and to keep tinkering until all the pieces of the puzzle was in place. To once and for all allow ourselves some hubris.

After years of long hours in our own studio, located in an old textile factory, we teamed up with Mathias Olden (The Radio Dept, Logh) to record what would become our self-titled debut album.

A video for the track Lux was released in February, a live-session tracked at our own space in March and the  whole album was finally released April, 2014.  

The release was followed by praise from a number of well-renowned Swedish music magazines and blogs worldwide. 

Since then we've played selected shows in Sweden and northern Europe and worked on a new video due August.

ALBERT are an indie quartet hailing from Malmoe, Sweden.  

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