Swedish singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Sailor & I, AKA Alexander Sjödin specialises in emotive, slow-burning indie electronica reminiscent of neuron-soothing artists such as The xx and Bon Iver.

Growing up with a healthy appreciation for the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and a growing stack of seminal records: Blood on the Tracks, Pet Sounds and Dark Side of the Moon, with a dash of Miles Davis and Ryuichi Sakamoto thrown in for good measure. Past releases include the string-swept power balladry of Tough Love, which led to the beatific melodrama of Turn Around and the tense, slow-burning summit of Sweat which was recorded with a strictly 80’s setup. Fire On The Moon is his latest release on Skint Records.

The music video, a dreamlike digital mash up of space programme footage and seemingly random still life objects, was created by celebrated visual artist and creative director Martin Falck. The fellow Stockholmer has been exhibited at Bloomberg Space in London, the Istanbul Biennale, Art in General, New York, MoMa, the Berkeley Art Museum and the Tate Modern, among others.

Sjödin told us, “Watching the video made me feel like I’ve been taking some strange pills. In a good way.” ‘Nuff said.

Fire On The Moon is out now. Download on iTunes.

Words Hannah Kane

 

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