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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Solander

Photo by Jens Nordström

Solander began in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2005 when Anja Linna and Fredrik Karlsson formed a small orchestra together. Karlsson was interested in playing indie rock until he learned to compose more complex songs and felt at ease playing mellow music. For Linna, Solander was a way to transform from being a classical cellist into playing more freely.

“After Anja joined with her cello our expression has been evolving in a way that I love and I still feel highly interested in what happens when we combine our sounds,” says Karlsson.

The band has played all over Europe and recently returned from their first U.S. tour that included a stop in Austin for South by Southwest and in Arizona at The Sail Inn and Trunk Space.

In May 2011, Solander released Passing Mt. Satu the band’s second album in two years on record label A Tenderversion Recording

We interviewed Karlsson about the Solander’s plans for the future, read below for his answers and to discover how to get the band to buy you coffee!

Who/what are your influences?
When it comes to the approach on music, I love Mt. Eerie from Anacortes. His mystic and soothing songs are speaking in a very direct way to me. When it comes to sound, we are very inspired by the Icelandic band Múm and Brooklyns Woods. Today, I have been listening to the song “Wild Goose Chase” by Dark,Dark,Dark eight times. I think most of our music influences right now are contemporary. Non-musical influences would be of a more historical matter.

How did you come up with your name?
We named ourselves after a famous Swedish scientist called Daniel Solander. He explored the world with James Cook and named a lot of beautiful plants. He was a nerd, ready to explore nature. We intend to have the same approach to music.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
For the time being, we are working on evolving our live show for the festival summer. Come to Gothenburg’s Way Out West festival if you want to experience that! Also, we are starting the process of making a new record right now. We have set up a demo studio at home and feel very free at the moment. We are exploring the more haunting aspects of our songs and at the same time keeping the minor orchestral compositions. We want to see if we can make small sounds larger and keep exploring our interest in field recordings.

Why do you make music?
Our main purpose is to express ourselves and to communicate with others. We want to make art that explores all aspects of life and share that with people that are ready to listen. As a side effect of this, we have also found that it allows us to travel and meet wonderful people! At times, when music is hard to make, we focus on the travelling part and therefore always feel good at heart when we consider the choice of music as a major part of our lives.

Anything you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
When we are not practicing music, we are into the fields of architecture and literature. Therefore, we are always open to suggestions on sightseeing and reading. So please, if you see that we will play in your hometown, meet up with us at the nicest building and hand us a book that you have read. We will buy you coffee.


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