It’s taken over a year in full, not including writing the songs, to finish this album; from making fundamental arrangements on demo-recordings in early 2015 and decorating a wall with schedules of recording for each song, ideas and comments (see “Story” in the menu above). Even a budgeted project takes time, but naturally the now-budget-path is somewhat more irregular with occasional thorny bushes scratching your legs (oh, the suffering artist, oh!). In the end, no words are sufficient to describe, defend, make excuses for, praise or comment. I’ll leave it at welcome very much, here’s my album of the year! Crowdfunders are not forgotten, you kind spirits will receive the physical copy as soon as it is produced, very likely in the months to come! The Creek And the Carving is available on multiple electronic musical platforms, Spotify, iTunes, Facebook (in part), Soundcloud (in part), Amazon Music, Google Play, Deezer, Shazam and Tidal to name a bunch.
Thank you participants!
(all pics by Kristofer Axén and Nina Paakkonen Sjöberg except where indicated)
Kristofer Axén – Voice, Guitars, Mandolin, Bass, Piano, Nord Electro, Additional shakers
Poul Amaliel – Drums, percussion and shakers
Ninotchka – Voice and harmonica
Josefin Peters – Electric Wind Instrument
Sebastian Ring – Vibraphone and congas
Isabelle Andö – Violins
Malin Ahlberg – Hammond Organ
Lisa Eriksson – Accordion (photo: Sonny-Boy Gustafsson)
Additional Drunks (on ‘I’m Certain’) – Introducing the choir En Raksup, in drunken disorder:
Recorded at Stable Studios, Eastman (Stockholm), in my studio appartment, and at Huseberg, Tjörn.
Written, recorded, produced and arranged by Kristofer Axén
Mix, recording and assistant production by Poul Amaliel
Assistant production and recording by Ninotchka
Mastered by Simeon Pappinen Hillert
Cover Design by Richard G. Lindström from Alikaii II by Emma Lindström and photograph by Nina Paakkonen Sjöberg