Pressing plant delays are a tender topic on the tip of many tongues lately, with hundreds of labels waiting months for their release. Grand River’s One Instrument label had it especially hard: a year after the anticipated release of Bandhagens Musikförening’s ‘Nedgrävd i naturen‘, the EP has finally landed.
The extended wait has not tarnished the music, with Bandhagens Musikförening layering the strength seen on their outings on Northern Electronics and Semantica upon further strength for One Instrument. The label’s ethos of releasing music composed entirely on a single instrument acts as a stimulant and a guiding hand for this release, with famous vintage synths like the Yamaha DX-7 or Oberheim Matrix making appearances.
Far from being a nerdy splurge, the EP’s collective sound gains identity from the singular approach to music machines — not to mention the overarching quality of the instruments themselves. We selected the title track, ‘Nedgrävd i naturen‘, for our premiere. Conducted entirely on the 70’s semi-modular Roland System 100, there’s a darkness in the organic quality of the track, perhaps helping bestow the name, which translates to “buried in nature”. Melodic trudging through living circuitry, masterfully executed.
‘Nedgrävd i naturen’ is out now via One Instrument. Order a copy from Bandcamp.
1. Nedgrävd i naturen (Roland System 100)
2. Mörkläggning (Yamaha DX-7)
3. Midnattsmanifest (Roland SH-101)
4. Cirkelskifte (Oberheim Matrix 6R)
5. Vitmossa (Waldorf Microwave)