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Jonathan Hultén, the darkly enigmatic Swedish Grammy-winning songwriter returns with The Forest Sessions.
His 2022 release features experimental versions of songs from the album Chants From Another Place and the EP The Dark Night of the Soul, but it is also a short film composed of music videos and interludes with animated illustrations and poems.
Recorded by Jonathan between January 2020 and June 2022, with mastering and mixing taken care of by frequent collaborator Ola Ersfjord, this deeply intimate work is comparable to classic artists such as Nick Drake, Sufjan Stevens, Wovenhand, John Martyn and Fleet Foxes, as well as to contemporaries like Anna Ternheim, José Gonzales, Anna von Hausswolff Chelsea Wolfe and Hexvessel.
Vinyl edition (with stunning artwork by Jonathan).
It began with an idea of live streaming a concert from the woods. A team came together, a plan was worked out and eventually the project morphed into the making of 8 unique music videos based on the setlist of a live performance. The filming locations were scouted in reference to the song titles and the plan was to film all the material in 24 hours around an area about 40 minutes from Stockholm, Sweden. The following weeks rough cuts were made and given to the filmmaker Emil Klinta who would take care of post-production, gracefully bringing everything to the next level. Around this time the idea to interpret and record new versions of the songs came up and felt like an interesting extension of the project. These new, experimental versions were to be done in the same pace as the finalization of each video. And so it came to be; throughout the following year with about 1-2 months in between the music videos were released, one by one.
“His multi-tracked vocals make for goosebump-raising ASMR.” 7/10 - Classic Rock
“Staggering emotional depth, as well as an astonishing poetic economy, his less-is-more approach creates a sense of reverence and vulnerability that invest the material with a potent vitality.” 9/10 - Metal Hammer
1. Wasteland (Forest Version)
2. Leaving (Forest Version)
3. Holy Woods (Forest Version)
4. Where Devils Weep (Forest Version)
5. ...And The Pillars Tremble (Forest Version)
1. The Call To Adventure (Forest Version)
2. The Mountain (Forest Version)
3. Dance Of The Water Spirits
4. The Call To Adventure (Roadburn Version)
5. A Dance In The Road (Roadburn Version)