INVSN???s latest album, The Beautiful Stories, is affecting people in ways that the band hoped for, but could not have fully anticipated. The world that this collection of music is being released into has been shaken, but itis not yet fully shattered. Itis wounded, but hopeful for recovery. It has been taken down a notch or two by grief, and strife, and discord, but as with many other grim points in history - new lows often lead to greater highs. The Beautiful Storiesis the soundtrack toall of this, and it???s exactly what music lovers need right now as they attempt to make sense ofanincreasingly maddening world. Set tobe released on June 9 via Dine Alone Records, this is the follow-up to the band???s self-titled 2013 album. While it???s their second album under the name INVSN, the members (Dennis Lyxzen - Vocals, Sara Almgren - Bass & Vocals, Anders Stenberg - Guitar & Keyboards, Andre Sandstr??m - Drums & Percussion, Christina Karlsson - Keyboards & Vocals) have a his-tory that dates back as far as 1999 when they recorded and performed under the name Lost Patrol Band. ???Me, Andre, and Anders have been playing together for many years now,??? Dennis Lyxzen said during a call from his home in Sweden to discuss the new release. ???Wereleased two albums, He-la V??rlden Brinner (2010), Saker Som Jag Sagt Till Natten (2011), under the name Invasionen, and then changed itto INVSN in 2013. This one (The Beautiful Stories) is the first one we???ve done only in English.???Prior to forming INVSN Dennis spent many years as the lead vocalist for Refused, and was also a key member of The (International) Noise Conspiracy. Sara Almgren, who joined the band in2011, was also a member of The (International) Noise Conspiracy aside from being in The Doughnuts - the first all-female straight-edge band in Sweden. Anders Stenberg is best known for being a touring member of Lykke Li???s band. Christina Karlsson has performed with Frida Selander, Tiger Forest Cat and Honungsv??gen, and Andre Sandstr??m bookends the overall hard-core discography of the group with his experience touring withDS-13, The Vicious, and UxVileheads. Coming from the backgrounds that they do you would expect the music of INVSN tobe harder than nails, but here they choose a more subtle path, wrapping difficult themes in beautiful melo-dies and songwriting, such as with the album???s first single, ???Immer Zu,??? which is used as an out-let for the women in the band to directly address the patriarchal society we???re all (regardless ofgender) living in and struggling against. Recorded with Adam ???Atom??? Greenspan, The Beautiful Storiesis what Dennis refers toas the band???s ???first real attempt??? and it touches upon many im-portant themes ranging from politics, to feminism. ???The world is a really fucked up place right now so there is loads of stuff to make right,??? Sara Almgren said via email when asked about the album???s themes. ???Music has always been a way offighting back for me.??? Christina Karlsson Lundstr??m (AKA, Kicki) added ???What I think and what the songs stand for isnot that important, it's what you hear as a listener and how you reflect on yourself that matters. No matter what the issue is about, the important thing is that you can receive a message and make something good out of it.???Getting something transformative and emotionally repairing out ofThe Beautiful Storiesis a sure thing. Each listen reveals layers of hopefulness that canbe pulled from as needed. In times ofcrisis, music has always served as a healing balm and, as addressed in the second single, ???I Dreamt Music,??? this world may be devoid of meaning, but music will always mean something.
Let's start from the beginning. Well, almost at least. We are a band. We hail from the more isolated parts of northern Sweden. We played in bands before and we've played together much longer than this new moniker. We are 5 friends that dabble in post-punk/dystopic pop or some brand of alternative rock music. We did a couple of records in our native tounge under the name of Invasionen but when we decided to take this globally we felt that a change in language and a new name would be in place. Welcome to our world, we really hope that you do enjoy it as much as we do. The people in the band are the following: Dennis Lyxzen - Vocals. (Refused, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, The Lost Patrol Band, AC4, The Bloody Beetroots Church of Noise and more). Sara Almgren - Bass and Vocals. (The Doughnuts, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, The Vicious, Masshysteri) Anders Stenberg - Guitar and Keyboards. (Deportees, Lykke Li, The Lost Patrol band) Andre Sandstr??m - Drums and Percussion. (Ds-13, The Vicious, The Lost Patrol Band, Ux Vileheads and more) Christina Karlsson - Keyboard and Vocals. (Tiger Forest Cat, Honungsv??gen, Frida Selander)
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For over a decade, Nika Roza Danilova has been recording music as Zola Jesus. She???s been on Sacred Bones Records for most of that time, and Okovi marks her reunion with the label. Fittingly, the 11 electronics-driven songs on Okovi share musical DNA with her early work on Sacred Bones. The music was written in pure catharsis, and as a result, the sonics are heavy, dark, and exploratory. In addition to the contributions of Danilova???s longtime live bandmate Alex DeGroot, producer/musician WIFE, cellist/noise-maker Shannon Kennedy from Pedestrian Deposit, and percussionist Ted Byrnes all helped build Okovi???s textural universe. With Okovi, Zola Jesus has crafted a profound meditation on loss and reconciliation that stands tall alongside the major works of its genre. The album peaks of tragedy with great wisdom and clarity. Its songs plumb dark depths, but they reflect light as well. ARTIST STATEMENT: Last year, I moved back to the woods in Wisconsin where I was raised. I built a little house just steps away from where my dilapidated childhood tree fort is slowly recombining into earth. Okovi was fed by this return to roots and several very personal traumas. While writing Okovi, I endured people very close to me trying to die, and others trying desperately not to. Meanwhile, I was fighting through a haze so thick I wasn???t sure I???d find my way to the other side. Death, in all of its masks, has been encircling everyone I love, and with it the questions of legacy, worth, and will. Okovi is a Slavic word for shackles. We???re all shackled to something???to life, to death, to bodies, to minds, to illness, to people, to birthright, to duty. Each of us born with a unique debt, and we have until we die to pay it back. Without this cost, what gives us the right to live? And moreover, what gives us the right to die? Are we really even free to choose? This album is a deeply personal snapshot of loss, reconciliation, and a sympathy for the chains that keep us all grounded to the unforgiving laws of nature. To bring it to life, I decided to enlist the help of Alex DeGroot, who has been the only constant in my live band and helped mix the Stridulum EP back in 2010. It will be released on Sacred Bones, the closest group of people I???ll ever have to blood-bound family.
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