"The warmth of Stockholm's Cobra Studio's two-inch analogue tape setup shines through on this thoughtful collection. Poetic and crammed with narrative intent, clever lyrics evoke a spirit of international travel long gone. "Waxholm Hotel" and "Already done" are superb examples of this artful storytelling at work. Patrick Derivaz, whose credits include John Cale and Television, renews a longstanding acquaintance with one time NY resident Wahlström, delivering a sensitive mix that compliments some excellent guitar work from Dream Syndicate's Jason Victor.
Subtle, clever, a little morose; this is a fine album."
"Stellan Wahlström Drift Band show attention to expertise and care. He fits this friendlier, warmer, settled format like reliable sneakers, even if the more Luna/Dream Syndicate-like electricity is as comfortable.
//The Big Takeover (US)
released May 28, 2015
Recorded by Christian Gabel at Cobra Studio, Stockholm.
Mixed by Patrick A Derivaz at PAD Productions, New York.
Mastered by Hoffe Stannow at Cosmos Mastering, Stockholm.
Produced by Stellan Wahlström.
Stellan Wahlström: Vocals, Electric- & Acoustic Guitars,
Electric 12-string Guitar, Celeste
Johan Werner: Piano, Hammond Organ, Mellotron
Jason Victor: Electric Lead Guitar (3, 5, 7, 10)
Mats Grönmark: Electric Lead Guitar (1, 9)
Bo Schager: Bass (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9)
Johan Adelman: Bass (4, 6, 10)
Lutten Larsson: Drums (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9)
Per Lager: Drums (4, 6, 10)
Christian Gabel: Percussion (2)
Cover painting by Angeles Santos "Tertulia" (1929)
© Angeles Santos/BUS 2015.
Photos by Charlotte Franck (street) and Christian Gabel (studio).
Art direction by Borshage & Stulf.
All songs written by Stellan Wahlström.
© 2015 Stellan Wahlström
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