「Skogsrået」

My new single 「Skogsrået」is out! You can find it on Spotify and on Soundcloud. All songs are also available on Gance Media’s YouTube account.

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This is my second solo single and my first release in Swedish. Singing is Swedish is quite difficult for me, even though its my mother tongue. I believe its because its the language that is the closest to myself, so I feel a lot more vulnerable singing in Swedish. I still wanted to do it though, because the song is about a creature from Nordic folklore, so it felt more natural to do it in Swedish. However, I decided to do an English version because I want to be able to connect to more people. Translating the lyrics was difficult, but I am rather pleased with it.

Skogsrået is a creature living in the woods, and like most other Nordic creatures she can be either helpful or vicious depending on her mood. I’ve been fascinated with her for many years and she’s one of my favourite creatures in Norse mythology. It also is personal to me because I grew up in the forest, so I like the mysterious feel it has to it, and I tried to convey that in the sound of the music.

I hope you enjoy this release!

Love,
~K

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K recommends

Its been long overdue – here’s another ‘K recommends’. Today I will give you tips on goth songs that I like.

Siouxsie and the Banshees – Tearing Apart

Starting off with one of the pioneers in goth, Siouxsie Sioux (here with the Banshees), the song Tearing Apart sounds rather uplifting. However the lyrics are, as you can imagine, on a bluer note. As most other 80’s goth bands, Siouxsie and the Banshees uses a soft guitar sound and heartfelt vocals. I really enjoy Siouxsie’s voice and I really think you should give her work a try if you haven’t so already.

The Cure – Pictures of You

I believe most of you are familiar with The Cure. If you aren’t you really should look them up! Pictures of You is not one of the most famous songs such as Friday or Boys Don’t Cry, but for me its a very beautiful and dreamy song. The lyrics as well as the sound really makes you feel a sense of longing, which is amazing to me. Its also nostalgic since I used to listen to this quite a lot during my teenage years.

MALICE MIZER – ヴェル・エール ~空白の瞬間の中で~ (Bel air ~Within Moments of Nothingness~

I’ve been listening to MALICE MIZER for many years now, and its debatable weather they qualify as ‘real’ goth. I for one believe they do, especially in their earlier days.  Bel Air is a rather fast paced song, while at the same time being soft sounding. The guitar riffs stands out a lot, even though the song also uses many other effects including sounds from a music box. The vocals are impressive as well. Bel Air is found on the album Merveilles. While my favourite album by MALICE MIZER is Bara no Seidou, Merveilles is better suited for this list.

London After Midnight – Where Good Girls Go To Die

Another one of the top bands from the goth scene. Where Good Girls Go To Die has a darker sound than the other songs on this list. It also uses synthesizer more frequently. What I like about this song is that it is indeed heavy and mysterious, and that the vocals used are both clean and scream/growl. Very interesting band overall.

 

Hope you enjoyed this post. Now go and listen!

~K

WITCHES

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Hello everyone!

As some of you might know, I recently released a solo single! Its entitled 「WITCHES」and was released on August 6. Its both exciting and scary to release a song on my own, but I gotten many compliments from everybody so I want to thank you so much for it!

If you haven’t heard the song yet, you can either purchase it on iTunes or listen to it on Spotify.

I would like to share some thoughts about the process behind this song. I’ve always enjoyed songs with strong themes. I especially think it goes rather well with songs in the electronica genre. The theme of this song is rather evident; the lyrics and astetics are about witches and the myths surrounding them.  I’ve always been fascinated with magic and witchcraft so it felt natural to go with this type of theme.

Besides the obvious interest in supernatural powers there are also other reasons why I wanted to make this song. I wanted to portray the unfair treatment that many people throughout history have had to suffer through, people who were blamed, tortured and even killed for their uniqueness. I don’t want people like that to be forgotten, but instead I want to make sure we all know that justice will always find a way, that we have to make sure that it does. Its also a reminder that just because somebody is different doesn’t mean that they are dangerous or bad.

Music wise I’ve worked a lot with vocal harmonies, which is something I want to pursue more in the future. I do like the contrast of digital music with the organic vocals. I also like to think that even though the theme is rather serious the beat still makes you want to dance!

 

K recommends | Music of 2015

Hello lovelies!

Since this is the last day of the year, I thought I should give you some recommendations of some new music* I discovered during 2015. Its a pretty mixed list of genres so I hope there will be something for everybody.

*Disclaimer: I’m not saying this music is new per say, but I have myself not listened to it until this year. So, new music for me.

 

Ghost

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If you follow me on any social media, this hardly comes as a surprise. I started listening to them this summer and then I was stuck! Luckily for me, they released a new album, Meliora, in August followed by an international tour.

Ghosts music living within the metal genre, border lining on hard rock. To be honest, their image is much harder than their music, but that doesn’t matter since their music is really great! I recommend the songs Monstrous  Clock, Con Clavi Con Dio, Year Zero and Cirice.

 

Red Velvet

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You knew there had to be some kpop in this list. Red Velvet began their activities in 2014, but got their big with Ice Cream Cake this year. They also released their first full-length album, The Red, including the songs Dumb Dumb and Huff n Puff.

Since the music is commercial pop, its hard to find any real depth in it. I do believe RV stands out amongst other groups though, especially when comparing them to other all-female groups within the pop genre. Its fun, fresh and not overly-sexualized. I recommend Ice Cream Cake, Somethin Kinda Crazy and Huff n Puff for starters.

 

Septicflesh

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I regularly go through my recommended playlists on Spotify and sometimes I find bands that stands out to me. Septicflesh is an example. They are a Greek metal band with really interesting lyrics and catchy melodies (as catchy as death metal allows anyway).

For first-time listeners I recommend listening to Anubis and Sunlight / Moonlight, then move on to The Vampire from Nazareth.

 

Steam Powered Giraffe

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This band I only learned about last week (thank you AREKU), so I cannot say too much about them. But I can say that they are a steampunk band with really a style that is just to die for!

The music is really catchy with lots of vocal harmonies. Automatic Electronic Harmonics is a song that showcases this, as well as the ballad Honeybee.

 

Zella Day

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I’m cheating a bit on this one, because I began listening to the song Sweet Ophelia last year. But when Zella Day released her debut album Kicker this year I was really stuck!

Her music is described as a happier sounding Lana del Ray. I partly agree, but I wouldn’t say “happier”, rather more varied and I believe Zella uses her voice to the fullest. She’s an amazing singer and her lyrics are ver poetic.

The songs I recommend are Jerome, Sweet Ophelia and Compass.

 

So, there you have it! Like I wrote earlier, its a mixed list and I don’t know if that is cool or just strange. I hope you will find some new, great music though.

Take care,

~K

Review: Ghost live at Amager Bio

Hello lovielies!

I promised to make a concert review about the Ghost gig in Copenhagen a few weeks back. So, without further ado; here it comes.

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Photo courtesy of gaffa.se

The venue was Amager Bio, which is a club that houses two bars and a fairly small stage. I arrived to catch a few songs of the opening act called Dead Soul which I thought set the mood pretty nicely.

Before Ghost arrived, they lit upp the backdrop that looked like a stained church glass showing a man with horns. People were chanting, and the Nameless Ghouls finally arrived on stage and began to play Spirit, in my opinion one of the best songs from their new album Meliora. I kind of hope for them to open with that songs since its the opening song on the album as well, and thankfully I was not disappointed.

The whole setlist was great; they played all of the songs I had wished for. The further into the gig, the more people sang along. Of course Year Zero seems to be their biggest hit, which becomes obvious when you hear people screaming “Satanas!” randomly throughout the whole concert.

In the first encore they played an acoustic version of Jiggolo Har Megiddo which was a pleasant surprise, following with Ghuleh /Zombie Queen, my most recent favorite. Sadly these slower songs made some of the drunken people around me a bit bored, and they began shouting which ruined the mood a bit.

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Photo courtesy of @jontebus on YouTube.

 

Since this was my first time seeing Ghost I wasn’t sure of what to expect as far as showmanship and entertainment goes. Afterwards I learned that Papa Emeritus III talks a lot more than the two previous ones, which turned out to be very entertaining. Even though he used a very foul language he managed to keep graceful throughout the whole song. Also; after about one third of the gig he made a costume change into a very stylish suit which was a pleasant surprise. All in all; Papa should have his own variety show some time!

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My outfit for the night was of course based on my Ghost of Harlem dress!

 

All in all I am very happy with the concert and I will definitely see them again if I get the chance!

Best: Monsterance Clock. My favorite song and perfect for an encore (specially since I learned that its apparently about a mass orgasm).

Worst: Idiots that can’t even keep their mouth shut during a Silent Minute!

Full setlist (courtesy of setlist.fm):

Spirit
From the Pinnacle to the Pit
Ritual
Con Clavi Con Dio
Per Aspera ad Inferi
Majesty
Body and Blood
Devil Church
Cirice
Year Zero
Spöksonat
He Is
Absolution
Mummy Dust

Encore:
Jigolo Har Megiddo (Acoustic Version)
Ghuleh/Zombie Queen
If You Have Ghosts (Roky Erickson cover)

Encore 2:
Monstrance Clock

Photoshoot: Zombie Queen

Last weekend I celebrated Halloween with AREKU and SaSa, and we decided to have a half improvised photoshoot in our costumes. Since it was dark outside the lightning was pretty bad, so I decided to run with it and edit them in an old-fashioned manner.

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I added some colour to the last one, since I felt like I did the picture more justice.

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The idea to my costume was quite a process; At first I thought I just wanted to dress up like a noble, gothic lady. But then I played with the idea of having half of my face done perfectly, and the other one with open wounds and bruises. That made me think of a song by the band Ghost – Ghuleh / Zombie Queen, and that’s what I named my costume. Here’s a slightly clearer picture of my make up:

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It was actually pretty easy to create – the clean side took longer than the zombie parts! I used liquid latex and face paint in red, purple, green and black to create different shades of the wounds. You should try it out yourselves, its a lot of fun! The necklace is from AREKU’s brand Sophistigance and the hat is handmade by me.

You can view our Halloween messages over at AVALINITY’s Insagram. And here’s the bloopers from the video:

See you soon lovelies,

~K

Brain ghosts are a part of me

Its been eight weeks since I started my therapy treatment  and I’ve learned a lot. One of the things I’ve been taught is mindfulness, learning how to live in the moment without judgement. Now, its time for the toughest and most important part of the treatment – exposure. In short; it means exposing yourself to whatever scares you.

I’ve been terrified ever since I learned that this is part of the treatment. You chase the things you naturally are trying to avoid and wake feelings you are trying your hardest to kill. But the point is to learn that those feelings, memories and situations are not dangerous, and the more you expose yourself to it the calmer you’ll get. Its like treating phobia – if you’re scared of spiders you should be around them to learn they’re not dangerous.

This is something I’ve been trying to do for a long time, but now I feel like I have the tools to do so. Its going to be tough, but I’m determined to take control over my brain ghosts. They are a part of me, but they don’t rule over me. And that’s what’s important, remember that.

Until next time, take care.

~K