The Pitcher

TR 273CD TR 273CD

The Pitcher is Christian Kjellvander's fifth solo record since the 2002 debut Songs from a Two-Room Chapel. Recorded in an old church in the Swedish countryside, this massive piece of work is perhaps his most elegant and well-crafted album to date. We see Christian driving his car 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 often glorify, romanticize, and mystify the laborious, but we tend to forget that they are among us now. In an old church in 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 three years since the release of The Rough and Rynge (2010), from the reality of a man who since then has lost a brother and gained a son, Tapete gives you The Pitcher. Long-time friend and associate Craig Schumacher (Wavelab Studio) engineered the recording during 10 days in early June 2013. It was mixed by Craig at Wavelab and mastered by JJ Golden at Golden Mastering.