This coming Friday May 14th sees the release of the eponymous instrumental solo debut album of Danish musician and composer Jacob Krogholt, under the name of 1976. Today, the artist offers the track “3” through a timelapse video created by photographer Martin Goltermann, the track itself featuring the wordless vocals of singers Carsten Bentzen, Lill Rastad Bjørst, and Morten Grønnegaard, whom have all worked with Krogholt in the past.
1976 is named for the year its creator Jacob Krogholt was born. Since then, his musical output has been varied, touching upon indie rock, punk blues, progressive heavy metal, and death metal in bands such Rising, Anti Ritual, Bjørst, The Corporation, Summons, and Cyanotic. Common for these musical manifestations, yet differing in genre, has always been Krogholt’s focus on songwriting, melody, intricate arrangements and musicianship with the guitar and its potential as an essential component.
These traits are also present in Krogholt’s first solo album, 1976, while it differs stylistically from his former output and even more so, as it is a purely instrumental record. The album was created from bits and pieces caught on phones, computers, and Zoom recorders through the last several years; musical fragments representing moments in time, a period in life or a certain feeling or mood. The musical glimpses of life past have now been reimagined and unfolded in the twelve compositions on 1976, displaying a palette of disciplined, yet emotional music with a cinematic feel conveying sufficient space for the listener to feel, think and imagine herself.
The music on 1976 has its natural basis in acoustic guitars, vintage synths, and minimalistic pulsating beats from organic sounding percussion. Additionally, the music is graced with wordless vocals from three of the most defining singers in Krogholt’s musical history. The compositions span from short and minimalistic acoustic vignettes to epically structured full band like arrangements with heartly nods to both the warm tones of 1970s songwriting and production values and the 1980s chilling analogue dark wave aesthetics. All this is combined into a personal narrative of sentiment: A wordless story of one person’s journey so far – from 1976 to this very moment.
Watch a new video created for the 1976 track “3” now playing at THIS LOCATION.
1976 was written, performed, recorded, and produced by Krogholt, who is accompanied on select tracks by wordless vocals from Carsten Bentzen (Sparkling, Moerch, Summons), Lill Rastad Bjørst (Bjørst, Siku), and Morten Grønnegaard (Rising, Sea Trench). The record is mixed by Simon Sonne Andersen (Orm, Halshug), mastered by Brian Mørk Hansen, with artwork created by Krogholt himself.
1976 will see release digitally this Friday May 14th via Krogholt’s own imprint Audible Records. Preorders are posted HERE.