During these awful times, we all deserve some progressive mathy goodness to ease our minds. Thanks to SPLINTERED, we found such a treat.
With his atmospheric, groovy, but surreptitiously uplifting sound reminiscent of Plini, Tosin Abasi, and Polyphia’s Tim Henson—to name a few—Rickard Karlsson (yes, he’s the genius behind all that SPLINTERED is) is discreetly breaking through the realm of unworded prog expressionism straight from his bedroom in Manchester, UK.
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Karlsson, who has recently released his debut EP called Swimming With Whales for the project, is a promising multi-instrumentalist who focuses on wiring his songs with elements of post-rock, math, and prog. The balanced but unpredictable time signatures he employs give his music a seemingly improvised direction but are nevertheless suggestive of Karlsson’s unpretentious, technical artistry. This guy’s instrumental tunes are damn repeat-worthy.
Describing the EP’s title track, Karlsson notes, “’Swimming With Whales’ is a song that in my eyes (and ears), pretty much tells the story of someone stepping their toes in to the wide world of music and creation for the first time—taking a plunge in to the waters with the whales who have existed for so long in this beautiful ocean.”
“It’s scary at first, but after a while the beauty of it all overwhelms and guides you.”
SPLINTERED is Rickard Karlsson’s first step into the music world and our first instrumental music feature. He’s a great find.
Check out SPLINTERED today and earn Karlsson a fan in you! https://splintered.bandcamp.com
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