Soundtrack of Our Lives



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Formed: 1995 (19 years ago)


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"I think that this is the best thing we've ever done," enthuses Ebbot Lundberg, frontman of The Soundtrack of Our Lives, assessing his band's new album (and Yep Roc debut) Communion. "When we started the band, the idea was to create some sort of musical entrance to another dimension, and I feel like we've achieved that this time. This is the universe that we would like to live in, and everyone is welcome to join us there."

The expansive 24-song magnum opus (available as both a double CD and a two-LP vinyl set) is a landmark in the celebrated Swedish sextet's already-formidable body of work. ... Read more

"I think that this is the best thing we've ever done," enthuses Ebbot Lundberg, frontman of The Soundtrack of Our Lives, assessing his band's new album (and Yep Roc debut) Communion. "When we started the band, the idea was to create some sort of musical entrance to another dimension, and I feel like we've achieved that this time. This is the universe that we would like to live in, and everyone is welcome to join us there."

The expansive 24-song magnum opus (available as both a double CD and a two-LP vinyl set) is a landmark in the celebrated Swedish sextet's already-formidable body of work. The musically and thematically expansive project lives u p to the band's reputation for widescreen psych-pop songcraft, while offering a more intimate, reflective sensibility that's manifested in the playful metaphysical explorations of Lundberg's lyrics.

As both a wildly ambitious musical statement and an audacious state-of-the-planet address, Communion is as tuneful as it is ambitious, maintaining a holistic balance of epic hooks and heady thematic concerns that's manifested on such musically and melodically memorable numbers as "Babel On," "Universal Stalker," "Thrill Me," "Utopia" and "Everything Beautiful Must Die." Communion is also the first TSOOL album to include a cover song, i.e. an imaginative reworking of the Nick Drake classic "Fly," which recasts the acoustic original into a jangly, uplifting rocker while remaining true to the song's humanistic essence.

"The music feels like a total reflection of what is happening with the planet," Lundberg states. "But it's not a boring attempt to make another apocalyptic album. It's more about hope, about letting your ego disappear for a while, and about the eternal quest for what reality really is. The rest is a psychic odyssey on a metaphysical smorgasbord."

Communion came into being in an appropriately organic manner. In the spring of 2008, the Soundtrack of Our Lives - vocalist/lyricist Lundberg, guitarists Ian Person and Mattias Bärjed, bassist Kalle Gustafsson, keyboardist Martin Hederos and drummer Fredrik Sandsten - began work on a followup to the group's acclaimed 2004 back-to-basics effort Origin Vol. 1. But the band soon began moving in a decisively different direction, inspiring them to postpone Origin Vol. 2 and dive headlong into Communion, recording all of the songs' basic tracks in a mere two weeks.

"This was the easiest, most natural thing we've ever recorded," Lundberg notes, adding, "It really felt like the album created itself, like we had a dream of what the album was supposed to be and then the album became that. After awhile, we realized that we had about 30 songs, and we decided that we should do 24, because there are 24 hours in a day. And the songs didn't all fit on one CD, so it became one disc for the day and one for the night, with a song for each hour of the day. So there's a symbolic duality there, built around the 24-hour cycle of light and dark, and I think it all fits together really well.

"Most of the songs were recorded spontaneously in one or two takes, but then we put a lot of work into giving the music multiple layers," Lundberg adds. "That's something I really like about it - that you can listen to the songs from different angles and hear different things every time."

The artistic ambition and creative commitment that distinguish Communion have been constants throughout the Soundtrack of Our Lives' tenacious decade-and-a-half existence. Founded in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1994 by musicians who'd previously been members of such notable Swedish indie combos as Union Carbide Productions, Nymphet Noodlers, Electric Eskimoes and Whipped Cream, TSOOL quickly made its mark in its homeland with its 1996 debut EP Homo Habilis Blues, while the subsequent albums Welcome to the Infant Freebase and Extended Revelation for the Psychic Weaklings of Western Civilization helped to broaden the band's following in other parts of the world.

After years of cult notoriety in America, the Soundtrack of Our Lives achieved substantial stateside breakthrough in 2002 with the majestically eclectic Behind the Music, which earned massive amounts of critical acclaim as well as a Grammy nomination as Best Alternative Album. Behind the Music also established TSOOL as a major act in Britain, where New Musical Express declared the group to be "the best post-everything six-piece space-rock band in the history of the eardrum."

Behind the Music coincided with TSOOL's initial - and hugely successful - experiences touring in the U.S., both on their own and as support act for Oasis. By this point, the band had developed a reputation for its rousing, bigger-than-life live shows, presided over by Lundberg's uniquely effusive Viking-hippie-punk persona. In addition to playing headlining gigs as far afield as Europe, Australia and China, TSOOL has shared stages with the likes of the Rolling Stones, U2 and Robert Plant.

Lundberg is excited by the prospect of bringing Communion - already a major hit overseas - to American ears. "There's something very positive and hopeful about it that I think makes it a good album for 2009," he states. "The first time I listened to it from beginning to end, I got a real feeling of relief and redemption, and I hope that everyone will feel some of that.

"Maybe the name the Soundtrack of Our Lives it sounds a little bit pretentious," Lundberg admits. "But it's always been a big challenge trying to live up to that name. And I think on this album we actually did live up to it. We surprised ourselves, and I really like that feeling. It was like pulling out the cork. And now it feels like we're on the right track and that we can do whatever we want now. That's a great feeling."

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

"I think that this is the best thing we've ever done," enthuses Ebbot Lundberg, frontman of The Soundtrack of Our Lives, assessing his band's new album (and Yep Roc debut) Communion. "When we started the band, the idea was to create some sort of musical entrance to another dimension, and I feel like we've achieved that this time. This is the universe that we would like to live in, and everyone is welcome to join us there."

The expansive 24-song magnum opus (available as both a double CD and a two-LP vinyl set) is a landmark in the celebrated Swedish sextet's already-formidable body of work. The musically and thematically expansive project lives u p to the band's reputation for widescreen psych-pop songcraft, while offering a more intimate, reflective sensibility that's manifested in the playful metaphysical explorations of Lundberg's lyrics.

As both a wildly ambitious musical statement and an audacious state-of-the-planet address, Communion is as tuneful as it is ambitious, maintaining a holistic balance of epic hooks and heady thematic concerns that's manifested on such musically and melodically memorable numbers as "Babel On," "Universal Stalker," "Thrill Me," "Utopia" and "Everything Beautiful Must Die." Communion is also the first TSOOL album to include a cover song, i.e. an imaginative reworking of the Nick Drake classic "Fly," which recasts the acoustic original into a jangly, uplifting rocker while remaining true to the song's humanistic essence.

"The music feels like a total reflection of what is happening with the planet," Lundberg states. "But it's not a boring attempt to make another apocalyptic album. It's more about hope, about letting your ego disappear for a while, and about the eternal quest for what reality really is. The rest is a psychic odyssey on a metaphysical smorgasbord."

Communion came into being in an appropriately organic manner. In the spring of 2008, the Soundtrack of Our Lives - vocalist/lyricist Lundberg, guitarists Ian Person and Mattias Bärjed, bassist Kalle Gustafsson, keyboardist Martin Hederos and drummer Fredrik Sandsten - began work on a followup to the group's acclaimed 2004 back-to-basics effort Origin Vol. 1. But the band soon began moving in a decisively different direction, inspiring them to postpone Origin Vol. 2 and dive headlong into Communion, recording all of the songs' basic tracks in a mere two weeks.

"This was the easiest, most natural thing we've ever recorded," Lundberg notes, adding, "It really felt like the album created itself, like we had a dream of what the album was supposed to be and then the album became that. After awhile, we realized that we had about 30 songs, and we decided that we should do 24, because there are 24 hours in a day. And the songs didn't all fit on one CD, so it became one disc for the day and one for the night, with a song for each hour of the day. So there's a symbolic duality there, built around the 24-hour cycle of light and dark, and I think it all fits together really well.

"Most of the songs were recorded spontaneously in one or two takes, but then we put a lot of work into giving the music multiple layers," Lundberg adds. "That's something I really like about it - that you can listen to the songs from different angles and hear different things every time."

The artistic ambition and creative commitment that distinguish Communion have been constants throughout the Soundtrack of Our Lives' tenacious decade-and-a-half existence. Founded in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1994 by musicians who'd previously been members of such notable Swedish indie combos as Union Carbide Productions, Nymphet Noodlers, Electric Eskimoes and Whipped Cream, TSOOL quickly made its mark in its homeland with its 1996 debut EP Homo Habilis Blues, while the subsequent albums Welcome to the Infant Freebase and Extended Revelation for the Psychic Weaklings of Western Civilization helped to broaden the band's following in other parts of the world.

After years of cult notoriety in America, the Soundtrack of Our Lives achieved substantial stateside breakthrough in 2002 with the majestically eclectic Behind the Music, which earned massive amounts of critical acclaim as well as a Grammy nomination as Best Alternative Album. Behind the Music also established TSOOL as a major act in Britain, where New Musical Express declared the group to be "the best post-everything six-piece space-rock band in the history of the eardrum."

Behind the Music coincided with TSOOL's initial - and hugely successful - experiences touring in the U.S., both on their own and as support act for Oasis. By this point, the band had developed a reputation for its rousing, bigger-than-life live shows, presided over by Lundberg's uniquely effusive Viking-hippie-punk persona. In addition to playing headlining gigs as far afield as Europe, Australia and China, TSOOL has shared stages with the likes of the Rolling Stones, U2 and Robert Plant.

Lundberg is excited by the prospect of bringing Communion - already a major hit overseas - to American ears. "There's something very positive and hopeful about it that I think makes it a good album for 2009," he states. "The first time I listened to it from beginning to end, I got a real feeling of relief and redemption, and I hope that everyone will feel some of that.

"Maybe the name the Soundtrack of Our Lives it sounds a little bit pretentious," Lundberg admits. "But it's always been a big challenge trying to live up to that name. And I think on this album we actually did live up to it. We surprised ourselves, and I really like that feeling. It was like pulling out the cork. And now it feels like we're on the right track and that we can do whatever we want now. That's a great feeling."

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

"I think that this is the best thing we've ever done," enthuses Ebbot Lundberg, frontman of The Soundtrack of Our Lives, assessing his band's new album (and Yep Roc debut) Communion. "When we started the band, the idea was to create some sort of musical entrance to another dimension, and I feel like we've achieved that this time. This is the universe that we would like to live in, and everyone is welcome to join us there."

The expansive 24-song magnum opus (available as both a double CD and a two-LP vinyl set) is a landmark in the celebrated Swedish sextet's already-formidable body of work. The musically and thematically expansive project lives u p to the band's reputation for widescreen psych-pop songcraft, while offering a more intimate, reflective sensibility that's manifested in the playful metaphysical explorations of Lundberg's lyrics.

As both a wildly ambitious musical statement and an audacious state-of-the-planet address, Communion is as tuneful as it is ambitious, maintaining a holistic balance of epic hooks and heady thematic concerns that's manifested on such musically and melodically memorable numbers as "Babel On," "Universal Stalker," "Thrill Me," "Utopia" and "Everything Beautiful Must Die." Communion is also the first TSOOL album to include a cover song, i.e. an imaginative reworking of the Nick Drake classic "Fly," which recasts the acoustic original into a jangly, uplifting rocker while remaining true to the song's humanistic essence.

"The music feels like a total reflection of what is happening with the planet," Lundberg states. "But it's not a boring attempt to make another apocalyptic album. It's more about hope, about letting your ego disappear for a while, and about the eternal quest for what reality really is. The rest is a psychic odyssey on a metaphysical smorgasbord."

Communion came into being in an appropriately organic manner. In the spring of 2008, the Soundtrack of Our Lives - vocalist/lyricist Lundberg, guitarists Ian Person and Mattias Bärjed, bassist Kalle Gustafsson, keyboardist Martin Hederos and drummer Fredrik Sandsten - began work on a followup to the group's acclaimed 2004 back-to-basics effort Origin Vol. 1. But the band soon began moving in a decisively different direction, inspiring them to postpone Origin Vol. 2 and dive headlong into Communion, recording all of the songs' basic tracks in a mere two weeks.

"This was the easiest, most natural thing we've ever recorded," Lundberg notes, adding, "It really felt like the album created itself, like we had a dream of what the album was supposed to be and then the album became that. After awhile, we realized that we had about 30 songs, and we decided that we should do 24, because there are 24 hours in a day. And the songs didn't all fit on one CD, so it became one disc for the day and one for the night, with a song for each hour of the day. So there's a symbolic duality there, built around the 24-hour cycle of light and dark, and I think it all fits together really well.

"Most of the songs were recorded spontaneously in one or two takes, but then we put a lot of work into giving the music multiple layers," Lundberg adds. "That's something I really like about it - that you can listen to the songs from different angles and hear different things every time."

The artistic ambition and creative commitment that distinguish Communion have been constants throughout the Soundtrack of Our Lives' tenacious decade-and-a-half existence. Founded in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1994 by musicians who'd previously been members of such notable Swedish indie combos as Union Carbide Productions, Nymphet Noodlers, Electric Eskimoes and Whipped Cream, TSOOL quickly made its mark in its homeland with its 1996 debut EP Homo Habilis Blues, while the subsequent albums Welcome to the Infant Freebase and Extended Revelation for the Psychic Weaklings of Western Civilization helped to broaden the band's following in other parts of the world.

After years of cult notoriety in America, the Soundtrack of Our Lives achieved substantial stateside breakthrough in 2002 with the majestically eclectic Behind the Music, which earned massive amounts of critical acclaim as well as a Grammy nomination as Best Alternative Album. Behind the Music also established TSOOL as a major act in Britain, where New Musical Express declared the group to be "the best post-everything six-piece space-rock band in the history of the eardrum."

Behind the Music coincided with TSOOL's initial - and hugely successful - experiences touring in the U.S., both on their own and as support act for Oasis. By this point, the band had developed a reputation for its rousing, bigger-than-life live shows, presided over by Lundberg's uniquely effusive Viking-hippie-punk persona. In addition to playing headlining gigs as far afield as Europe, Australia and China, TSOOL has shared stages with the likes of the Rolling Stones, U2 and Robert Plant.

Lundberg is excited by the prospect of bringing Communion - already a major hit overseas - to American ears. "There's something very positive and hopeful about it that I think makes it a good album for 2009," he states. "The first time I listened to it from beginning to end, I got a real feeling of relief and redemption, and I hope that everyone will feel some of that.

"Maybe the name the Soundtrack of Our Lives it sounds a little bit pretentious," Lundberg admits. "But it's always been a big challenge trying to live up to that name. And I think on this album we actually did live up to it. We surprised ourselves, and I really like that feeling. It was like pulling out the cork. And now it feels like we're on the right track and that we can do whatever we want now. That's a great feeling."

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