EXEC – ‘The Limber Real’
12 February 2106
‘The Explanatory Gap’ video and stream below
EXEC is Danish singer, songwriter & producer Troels Abrahamsen, a notable figure in Denmark, as gold-selling electro-rock band VETO, a solo artist under his own name, and as the alias I Know That You Know. ‘The Limber Real’ – released by Tambourhinoceros, also home to CTM, Cancer, Rangleklods and Palace Winter – is the polar opposite to Troels’ electronic projects; purely analogue, stripped down to piano, vocals and raw human emotion.
A new sonic identity
Almost two years ago Troels sat down in front of the piano at home. The singer and composer had for years written and produced his songs on the computer. He realised a change in his songwriting method was needed.
“Since my childhood the piano has had a central role in my life. Therefore it was a success to be back there and have direct contact with an instrument again. For me it became an opportunity to create something new and start over.”
EXEC grasps existential loneliness in a world of individuals. We are as human beings set in a social world, but will always be faced with the distance between us, and never being able to fully explain ourselves to each other. We are together, but always separate.
Lead single, ‘The Explanatory Gap’ deals with this universal theme: we live our lives just like runners on the track. Running forward, but in separate lanes with a white chalk line between us. Troels sings: “And we can touch, but never blend”. The mystery and pain of life.
‘Life is a Liquid’ circles around the experience of operating in the physical world while searching within – to embrace the future while getting closer to your personal truth about who you are.
The way in which technology affects human interaction is also a recurring sub theme on ‘The Limber Real’. Are humans able to control technology? What happens if it all breaks down? Are we individually and collectively vanishing into technological oblivion?
A Nordic sound
Though without religious overtones, the music is inspired by the Nordic psalm tradition with its particular harmonies and structures. Troels’ vocal work is exemplary and reaches new emotional heights with great range in dynamics and timbre.
The recording process
EXEC is analogue music. The album was recorded with producer Mikkel Bolding. Together they spent hours, days and weeks looking for the perfect place to record every song, to capture the right sonic moments and from there to capture the perfect takes. A constant search for the right acoustic moments and situations.
Troels reflects on the close relationship developed between himself & Mikkel through the making of the album: “It was what every artist dreams of – finding a producer you immediately connect with.”
Each track has its own signature sound coming from various recording locations and approaches – for example the prepared piano plays a big role on‘The Limber Real’ as Troels and Mikkel have altered its sound from track to track by placing objects on the strings.
The result is a captivating, intense and diverse album, a pleasure for audiophiles and alternative music fans alike.
‘The Limber Real’ is out on 12 February 2016 via Tambourhinoceros.