THE SANTOS release psychedelic gem "Vaexter" (Sweden) [Vall Records]

THE SANTOS release psychedelic gem "Vaexter" (Sweden) [Vall Records]


“Vaexter” release via Vall Records

Daniel Björkander (The Green line travelers, 2015 gold medal in the Swedish competition in American traditional country) and Erik Fritz (Honeymilk, Q magazine track of the week 2015) met in a studio situated in a barn on a windy field on the island of Gotland in the Baltic sea. Ten years earlier they got the opportunity to interpret the Swedish progressive rock sound of the 70’s, as the legendary Mikael Ramel and fusion virtuoso Mats Öberg visited Gotland. Erik and Daniel have always been into grooves from the 60’s and 70’s so this was like their own backyard. After many years of playing soul music they ended up in the academic world of psychology and law, but the fascination for pure grooves remained unchanged. The grooves on ”Vaexter” were totally improvised and followed by an interesting production procedure, including a lot of travelling in order to find the most suitable musicians. The production base was Erik’s kitchen studio, where all the exotic rythms of percussion and all the suggestive synthesizers were recorded. Sometimes they had to endure seasickness while traveling back to Gotland to locate a trombone player.

The music is influenced by Italian Giallo movies, Roy Budd’s cinematic music, True detective, Tarantino, streets of New Orleans and West African Highlife.

Recording and mixing by Alexander Härnlöv, Vall recording studio and Erik Fritz. Mastering by Linus Larsson
Vall and Stockholm 2016

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THE SANTOS release psychedelic gem "Vaexter" (Sweden) [Vall Records]