Christian Kjellvander is one of the few who just keeps doing it, without compromise, without looking back and with only albums as the incentive. “The Pitcher” is his fifth solo record since the 2002 debut “Songs from a two-room chapel”. Recorded in an old church on the Swedish countryside this massive piece of work is perhaps his most elegant and well-crafted album to date.
I see Christian driving his Subaru Forrester across the back roads of Sweden. The road is as straight and as minimalistic as can be. To the left an ancient forest. To the right a canyon. Between the lines – eloquence.
In the back seat is the cornerstone of his new album. A guitar with associations to Leonard Cohen, an amplifier that once belonged to Neil Young and a voice as deep as the honesty it spells. We oftenglorify, romanticize, mystify the laborious, but we tend to forget that they are among us now.
In an old church on the Swedish countryside – that is both home to Christian’s family and his work – with help from friends, family and players from the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra – The Pitcher has evolved. Carved from words, notes and memories, starting with the opening chord progression of “The Mariner” – the sweet documentary ballad of cutting your past away for the sake of another’s future -, via the midlife interruptions of “The Zenith Sunset” towards the truthful hymn “The Bloodline” the clarity is mesmerizing.
After the reawakening of Loosegoats and 3 years since the release of “The rough and Rynge”, from the reality of a man who since then has lost a brother and gained a son we give you “The Pitcher”.
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Label: Tapete Records
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