Posts Tagged ‘Charles de Gaulle’

Review in “God is in the TV” (Uk)

Monday, October 1st, 2018

(Sweden) SoLBLoMMa – Charles de Gaulle (The Terminal Mix) 


Stockholm’s Queen of Quirkiness returns with a re-mix of a track released earlier in the year – ‘Charles de Gaulle’. But this isn’t any old remix. It marks the return after 20 years no less of legendary Swedish producer Johan Vävare, known as the Brian Eno of his country, who apparently now resides in Vietnam and whose production skills have not been heard on any Swedish release since the late 1990s.

In the 80s and 90s Vävare established himself as one of Sweden’s leading music talents, with soundscapes and ideas that were integral parts of classic recordings with a host of Swedish stars too long to mention but which did include the Bowie-a-like Thomas di Leva, who is himself undergoing a renaissance at the moment.

I lost count of the instruments and paraphernalia Vävare’s added here – everything from a harpsichord to an alarm clock – but nothing overshadows the almost plaintive piano riff, which he left untouched. The line “Attention please, will all passengers travelling with SoLBLoMMa to Planet Earth please report to the information desk” is pure genius.

Vävare said,One day I happened to find SoLBLoMMa online – an irresistible blend of Goldfrapp, Pippi Longstocking and Albert Einstein. I just had to make contact with her! I mean, how many other artists create IQ-tests in their spare time? I really love this song… Emptiness. Time that stands still. A crazy, lonely lady walking around the terminal talking to herself” … “The airplane will come and get me”. Her dreams of flying away… elsewhere… sometime… maybe…”

It speaks volumes about SoLBLoMMa’s idiosyncratic appeal that Vävare was tempted out of retirement to do this re-mix. She’s an acquired taste but more than ever we need these people operating at the margins of society to help keep us sane.

‘Charles de Gaulle (The Terminal Mix by Johan Vävare)’ was released as a single on September 14th and is featured on the EP ‘Come and Have a Coffee with Me at Charles de Gaulle’ (released September 28th).

That EP also features a remix by EvOLu who works with members of Depeche Mode and Peaches and contains the original single mix and two new remixes by Solblomma herself.


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The Terminal Out Now!

Sunday, September 16th, 2018

Efter att det engelska livsstilsmagasinet PHOENIX Magazine hyllat hennes senaste poppärla Charles de Gaulle som ”ett mästerverk från ett alternativt universum” släpper idag SoLBLoMMa – Sveriges kanske mest egensinniga artist – sin med stort intresse emotsedda nya singel Charles de Gaulle (The Terminal Mix by Johan Vävare). Singeln bjuder på det första svenska livstecknet på närmare tjugo år (!) från den legendariske och mytomspunne producenten och musikern Johan Vävare. Sedan flera år tillbaka bor Vävare i nordöstra Thailand och SoLBLoMMas singel är första gången sedan det förra milleniet som hans unika sound och fantasirika produktionsteknik hörs i Sverige.

– En dag bara hittade henne på nätet – en oemotståndlig blandning av Goldfrapp, Pippi Långstrump och Albert Einstein, konstaterar Johan Vävare. Jag var ju bara tvungen att ta kontakt! Jag menar hur många artister bygger IQ-tester som hobby?
Om sitt studioarbete med The Terminal Mix berättar Vävare:
– Jag ville ta fram bagladyn i låten. Tomheten. Tiden som står still. Den tokiga, ensamma damen som går runt i terminalen och pratar för sig själv…”the aeroplane will come and get me”. Hennes drömmar om att få flyga iväg någon annanstans… någon gång… kanske…

Den svenska synthpionjären Johan Vävare etablerade sig på 80- och 90-talet som något av “en svensk Brian Eno” och hans innovativa produktionsbidrag till klassiska inspelningar med bl.a Ratata och Mauro Scocco, Reeperbahn och Olle Ljungström, Thomas Di Leva, Lädernunnan / The Leather Nun, Lustans Lakejer, Lars Demian (Demian D), Stonefunkers, Eggstone, Tom Wolger’s Mockba Music, Caroline af Ugglas, Fréda, Ubangi med Orup and Cia Berg, Martin Rössell, Lars Cleveman och Kitchen & The Plastic Spoon, samt även Bo Kaspers Orkester, Traste Lindéns Kvintett och Marie Bergman, har placerat honom i en helt egen kategori på den svenska musikscenen.

Samarbetet med SoLBLoMMa har för övrigt nu även resulterat i att den svenska artisten medverkar som sångerska i Vävares asiatiska produktioner.

Det engelska livsstilsmagasinet Phoenix hyllade i våras poppärlan Charles de Gaulle som såväl innerligt gripande som surrealistisk och drömsk – ”a four-minute masterpiece from an alternative universe.” SoLBLoMMa har tidigare i år uppmärksammats även av andra engelska musikbloggar (toomanyblogs, Gig Soup etc) och i maj presenterade den stora engelska bloggen God Is In The TV som ”a unique performer with a unique vocal”.

Charles de Gaulle (The Terminal Mix by Johan Vävare) släpps idag worldwide på samtliga stora digitala plattformar (Spotify, Tidal, iTunes, Apple Music,Google Play etc).

”A four-minute masterpiece from an alternative universe”
PHOENIX Magazine (UK)

”A unique performer with a unique vocal”
God Is In The TV (UK)

”Sveriges charmigaste artist”


SoLBLoMMa Charles de Gaulle (The Terminal Mix by Johan Vävare) ISRC: SE3DA1801701 Skivbolag: COMEDIA Distribution: Phonofile / The Orchard Releasedatum: 14 september

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The Terminal mix is here!

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

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SoLBLoMMa by Vincent Hauser

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

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A Masterpiece from an Alternative Universe

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

“Solblomma måste ändå vara Sveriges charmigaste artist.
Med sin egensinniga stil och röst, samt hennes enorma kärlek till tåg är det svårt att inte bli charmad av hennes låtar och videor. För ett tag sedan släppte sångerskan singeln Charles de Gaulle, där hon sjunger om att hon är ensam och strandsatt på den stora flygplatsen Charles de Gaulle – lite som Tom Hanks-karaktär i filmen The Terminal.”



Charles de Gaulle Popmuzik May 2018

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SoLBLoMMa in God is In The TV

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

SoLBLoMMa – Charles de Gaulle 

Featured in the first Nordic Music Scene (March) Stockholm-based SoLBLoMMa, a unique performer with a unique vocal (although recently I detected a similarity with her compatriot Robyn) and a nice line in alternative sad ballads, returns with ‘Charles de Gaulle’. 

In it she uses the metaphor of the loneliness of the huge airport terminal for the “every man is an island” solitude of personal life in the social media-dominated 21st Century, asking anyone who passes by to “come and sit here next to me”…I’ve been here for a century” in a similar way indeed to what Tim Booth did on ‘Sit Down’. Ok, so it does not have the hymn-like qualities of that classic song but this idiosyncratic polymath has a long experience of many musical genres, a cult-like following and assuredly something to say.

Once famously described by a critic as “Think Depeche Mode booted out the back of a transit on a cold, dark winter’s night, think Lykke Li taken by the dark side, think Kylie with Winehouse’s problems, think Emilíana Torrini on 45, Björk dating Goldie … oh, hang on… well, then we begin to see something remotely resembling SoLBLoMMa she’s well worth a listen although her inherent quirkiness is not quite so apparent on this track.




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Charles de Gaulle (Tax Free) – Video!

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

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Solblomma NEW song!

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Charles de Gaulle is the first international single in a year from Swedish pop princess SoLBLoMMa (a “one of a kind artist”, if there ever was one!) and follows last year´s single Still Happy, that spread her name to English bloggers (toomanyblogs, Gigsoup, God Is In The TV a.o.). The track will next month be released in a handful of exclusive remixes – for instance one by the Swedish music maverick Johan Vävare who moved to Thailand more than 20 years ago, and hasn’t been heard of since. A music video accompanying the single will soon be released.

SoLBLoMMa is colourful with an exceptional personal expression. Quirky, original and totally alone in her uniqueness in Sweden. The English music journalist Neil Mason (former NME) has described her like this in the Electronic Magazine: “Think Depeche Mode booted out the back of a transit on a cold, dark winter’s night, think Lykke Li taken by the darkside, think Kylie with Winehouse’s problems, think Emilliana Torrini on 45, Bjork dating Goldie… oh, hang on… well, then we begin to see something remotely resembling Solblomma. With eyes you could stand teacups on, she’s got something of the Cheryl Cole about her… only with a Katie Price makeover… at night… with doll’s clothes. Sounds original, check, looks original, check. You could file comfortably under the current 80s electro revival and no one would bat an eyelid.”  

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