Sweden's Moist Releases Electronic Indie Pop Gem With LAVINE LP
Dreamy Swedish electronic producer Moist has released his new album 'Lavine' on limited edition CD and cassette via the Stockholm-based label I/O Music.
Moist (the solo moniker of producer, artist and remixer David Elfström Lilja) is perhaps best known for his official remixes for artists like the Pet Shop Boys, Imogen Heap, Moby, Erasure, The Knife, Butterfly Boucher, Red Snapper, Agnes and Antiloop. His remix for Butterfly Boucher ranked among Popservations' (US) yearly Top 25 remixes of 2012. Earlier, Moist made some waves in The Guardian over pitiful royalty rates on Spotify and similar streaming resources.
Based in Söderhamn, Sweden, 'Lavine' is Moist's sophomore album, issued six years after his debut 'Temporary Arrangements' LP. That ambitious achievement featured 17 songs with 11 different vocalists. Its first single 'Far Beyond The Endless' featured on the Blank & Jones Collection Chilltronica #2, which shot to #1 on the electronic chart in Germany.
The new 'Lavine' album includes 10 tracks with vocals by Maria Marcus, a Swedish multi-platinum songwriter and music producer currently based in Palma, Spain.
This is endearingly soft downbeat electronic music with warmth. Counting Imogen Heap, Marconi Union, Massive Attack and Sigur Rós among influences, Lilja puts his own wonderful spin on things - the outcome is silkiness that initially drapes itself over you with its sheer accessibility and candor. Music that is both charming and holistic, captivating us with positively infectious like 'Berlin', 'Words', 'Firefly', 'Stars', 'Traces' and 'Worlds Collide'.
"This new album 'Lavine' emerged from many years of mental illness since finishing the last album. So the release of this album somewhat marks a new phase in life for me. Many of the songs were made in a very dark place, even if the music itself doesn't sound so dark," says David Elfström Lilja.
"The song "She" is about my sister Elena, who died four years ago. This album is more coherent than the first one, which has 17 songs and many different guest singers. That's also one of the reasons I just worked with Maria Marcus on this record. Yes, and the fact that she is also amazing in every way."
Lilja primarily wrote the tracks on this album with Maria Marcus, well known for her K-pop compositions, including for Namie Amuro, Shinee, Girls Generation, T-Pain and Afrojack. She wrote and produced three of the tracks on Namie Amuro's last album, selling one million copies the first week it was released.
Other co-writers on this album include Tania Doko (from Australia's Bachelor Girl, known for their '98 superhit 'Buses and Trains') and award-winning Faroe Islands artist Brandur Enni.
Moist has been nominated for the Hollywood Music In Media Awards three years in a row, which makes sends considering that he also runs the record label I/O Music, and creates ambient music under the name Numb. In 2013, David Elfström Lilja also received his hometown's culture prize for significant contributions to music and cultural life.
"I wanna make music that you can listen to and enjoy and also have in the background as ambient music when you have a deep conversation with your best friend," says Lilja.
I/O Music is an independent Swedish record label founded in 2010,, giving great electronic music a platform to be heard and giving people the opportunity to hear it. Releases span from ambient to techno, from experimental to downbeat, among many electronic genres.
The 'Lavine' LP is now available everywhere, including iTunes and Spotify, and can also be ordered via I/O Music's website - both digitallyand physically on CD or cassette.