AKB – Marianergraven (Release Feb 28)


The musical origins of this album comes from an avid fascination with the ocean and its secrets.The idea of how the pressure and darkness of the depths may sound and the unknown mystery attached to the Pacific abyss of the Marianas trench evokes both a calmness and a breathtaking feeling of bottomlessly sinking into the darkness way down deep. ‘Marianergraven’ is AKB’s own take on the ambient genre, with melodies moving slowly, forming a menacingly areal atmosphere, where the soaring laments are able to float freely across the sonic panorama. She utilizes the electronic tonalities from syntheses, loops and effects to create a slowly growing and floating ambient structure, which is both melodic and dissonant combined. 
Behind the name AKB resides instrumentalist Anna-Karin Berglund from Gävle, Sweden. The first release under her own name came in April 2016 on the EP Söndagsbarn (via Lamour Records), on which the four tracks carries clear influences from the 70-80’s ambient with its space-fragrant, cosmic soundscapes. In 2017 AKB was awarded ‘Best Solo Act’ of the year at the Local Heroes Gala in Gävle, Sweden.

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Mastered by Joakim Westlund
Design by Hanna Berglund
Cat. nr: lamour093vin


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REVIEWS and ARTICLES

Dereck Higgins


Spex.de
“Anna-Karin Berglund nennt sich kompakt AKB und auch sonst interessiert sich die Schwedin dafür, wie trotz maximaler Kompression noch ein Minimum von Bedeutung übertragbar bleibt. Ihr neues Album Marianergraven scrollt sich entlang dichter Ambient-Sounds bis zum Ende der Deep Sea herunter. Obwohl die Dringlichkeit der abstrakten Klänge im Minutentakt zunimmt, lässt das vor allem wohlige Gefühle zurück. Ein kompakter Klangtauchgang also, der vielleicht gar nicht viel bedeuten muss.”
Read full post at: https://spex.de/musik-von-morgen-akb-dj-marcelle-another-nice-mess-gang-of-four-gig-masin-real-estate/

Chain.dk
“Anna-Karin Berglund’s “Marianergraven” album is a collection of soft ambient sonic vignettes that are apparently inspired by the ocean. And while waves are certainly involved, the overall feel of this album feels more like an invocation of space, expressed in sci-fi terms. Long melodic synthetic pad sounds ebb and fall over low warm bass hums, while occasional details and textures flit by- often crisp, gentle wind-like effects. Tonal changes are gentle, without always being predictable.”
Read full post: http://www.chaindlk.com/reviews/?id=11233

Gefle Dagblad
“– Jag försökte hitta någon känsla efter första ep:n var ute. Och jag tyckte att jag fick djuphavskänslor ganska fort på de första tre klara spåren. Av alla olika slags hav egentligen.”
Read full post at: 
https://www.gd.se/artikel/hon-gor-musik-om-sjukaste-platsen-pa-jorden-folj-med-ner-i-marianergraven

Arbetarbladet
“AKB ger sig ut på djupt vatten – tar sig ner i Marianergraven: “Har jobbat två år med detta”
Read full post at: https://www.arbetarbladet.se/artikel/akb-ger-sig-ut-pa-djupt-vatten-tar-sig-ner-i-marianergraven-har-jobbat-tva-ar-med-detta

Groove.de (Motherborard Gebruary 2020)
“Die crispen wie schwebeleichten Sounds von Anna-Karin Berglund alias AKB zeichnen sich durch eine vergleichbare Qualität und Intensität des Leichtgewichtigen aus. Die Produzentin und Multinstrumentalistin aus der schwedischen Provinzstadt Gävlen bezieht sich weniger auf Neoklassik denn auf klassischen Ambient nach Brian Eno und Harold Budd.”
Read full post at: https://groove.de/2020/02/11/motherboard-februar-2020/2/

Rockerilla Italy
“Anna-Karin Berglund appartiene ad una generazione di musicisti cresciuti ascoltando le aurore boreali della propria terra, che trova nell’ambient la forma più naturale di espressione.”
Read full post at: http://www.rockerilla.com/akb/

A closer listen
“AKB‘s spacious electronics recall the classic age of ambience.  Marianergraven investigates the depths of the Mariana Trench, and its slightly claustrophobic feel makes us think of the creatures in Aquaman (Lamour, February 28, pictured left).”
Read full post at: https://acloserlisten.com/2020/01/03/2020-winter-music-preview-ambient/

Radio and blogs

RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta
Played: Saktmodet
Listen: https://www.rte.ie/

FSK 93.00 Hamburg
Played: Saktmodet
Listen: https://www.mixcloud.com/jetzmann/

Dublab – Between Two Points
Played: Sedimentär
Listen: https://www.mixcloud.com/richardchartier/between-two-points-february-2020-radio-show-by-richard-chartier-for-dublab/

Radio Hannover 87.6 – Grenzwellen
Played: Skymningszonen
Listen: https://www.radio-hannover.de/

Radio Mercure 93.00 – Electronic Therapy
Played Skymningszonen
Listen: http://electronic-therapy.over-blog.com/

Toneshift

Played Skymningszonen
Listen: https://www.mixcloud.com/toneshiftnet/toneshift-23/

SÜDWESTRUNDFUNK SWR 2 Radiophon
Played: Soluppgången
Listen: https://www.swr.de/swr2/

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