This is the tale of a Nordic soul. Magnus Carlson – one of Sweden’s most successful male artists – announces the release of his debut UK solo album. Released by Cosmos Music, ‘A Nordic Soul’ is out on June 22nd, 2018. ‘A Nordic Soul’ is a portrait of a very skilled and experienced singer originating from Stockholm, Sweden. Meet Magnus Carlson.
Magnus grew up on all things British, collecting UK vinyl from the age of six and watching Jools Holland’s The Tube in the eighties. Indie, northern, blue eyed soul, up tempo horn driven mod tracks and bitter sweet love songs. It’s all part of his history and it’s all part of ‘A Nordic Soul’.
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The album was recorded in Sweden and the UK. In part with Magnus’ Swedish band Weeping Willows and some of Sweden’s best session musicians, in part with a slew of top British musicians, produced by Andy Lewis at Paul Weller’s Black Barn Studios in Surrey. Eighties Teen Queen of the Hammond Fay Hallam features on the recent single ‘Now That It’s Over’ and on the nod to the northern soul classic Tainted Love that is ‘The Torch’, also co-written by Hallam.
Despite being filled to the brim with Anglo Nordic collaborations and drawing deep inspiration from the northern soul genre, there is a certain Swedish melancholy that shines through on the album.
Magnus has several Gold and Platinum records under his belt already. In the past year, he’s started to make inroads in the UK too, with celebrated EP release ‘The Northern Soul Sessions’, a record that displays his deep passion and artistic mastery when it comes to this particular soul music genre.
Magnus’ mission stems from a broad musical church though. He quickly followed up the EP with a Christmas mini-album ‘Snow Like The Snow’. Recorded with his long-time band Weeping Willows, a highlight of the album was a version of Glasvegas’ cut ‘A Snowflake Fell (And It Fell Like A Kiss)’ alongside Norwegian songstress Ane Brun.
The BBC have already shown early support with plays on both Radio 2 and 6 Music, and in March Jools Holland invited Magnus onto his show for a 30 minute special – including an exclusive live performance with Magnus, Jools and his famous Rhythm Section.
‘A Nordic Soul’ is released on June 22nd via Cosmos Music. A single ‘Now That It’s Over’ featuring Fay Hallam is out now.