Tor Lundvall

PreorderThere Must Be Someone

$34.99

PREORDER - OUT JANUARY 27, 2023

To commemorate the quarter century anniversary of Tor Lundvall’s self-released debut, Passing Through Alone, Lundvall and Dais have joined forces for a fresh 5-CD box set of long out-of-print titles, vinyl-only releases, and unheard bonus tracks: There Must Be Someone. Spanning 33 years, the collection showcases the subtle but striking evolution of Lundvall’s sound, from brisk autumnal synth-pop to desolate dark place devotionals to fragile winter moon meditations and beyond. What remains constant is his exquisite sense of mood and movement, qualities reflected in his iconic oil paintings of willowy figures amidst luminous, liminal landscapes.

The box set begins with Passing Through Alone, Lundvall’s first full-length, issued in 1997 on his Eternal Autumn Editions imprint. Engineered, mixed, and co-produced by his brother Kurt, and sold primarily at Lundvall’s gallery exhibitions, the album is an intriguing entryway to a world still dawning. Brooding and melancholic but distinctly more linear and melodic than later work, the songs flirt with the fringes of new romanticism, sketched in his signature palette of synth, sequencers, guitar, drum machines, and hushed, spectral voice. Next included is an expanded edition of the eclectic 2010 collection Ghost Years, an array of stray singles, alternate mixes, and compilation tracks dating between 1995 to 2020. It’s bracingly varied but effectively immersive, showcasing Lundvall’s sharpening gift for spatial dynamics and icy minimalism.

The other three discs are inaugural CD editions of a trio of Dais vinyl titles from 2018 to 2021: A Strangeness In Motion (Early Pop Recordings • 1989-1999); A Dark Place; and Beautiful Illusions. The first is an archival anthology of material predating his debut, bedroom synth-pop born of solitude and the supernatural, alternately anthemic, wounded, and windswept. The latter two are shadowy recent full-lengths capturing Lundvall at the height of his powers: refined, remote, revelatory. Reflecting back on this vast body of work is “strange and bittersweet,” but Lundvall finds a common thread and hidden mission within its long and winding road: “The music is a journey through my desire and longing for inner peace, the elusive search for love and struggling to make sense of it all. It's a diary of passing through a life filled with illusions and disillusionment, often unchanging, but haunted by moments of beauty and magic that hint at the promise of a better world beyond this one.”

PREORDER - Release Date: January 27, 2023

Formats:

  • 5xCD Box Set

Tracklisting: 

CD 1. A Strangeness In Motion (Early Pop Recordings • 1989-1999)
1. Original One
2. Procession Day
3. The Clearing
4. The Melting Hour
5. Flight
6. Watched
7. Hidden
8. The Night Watch
9. Lessons That Kill
10. August Rain
11. Violet Bird *
12. South Pacific *
13. He's Falling *
14. Power Failure *
15. Dangerous Snakes *
16. Days *
17. Forget It! * 
18. Where Is She? *

CD 2. Passing Through Alone
1. Pollen
2. Dark Angels
3. Ghost Years
4. Raven Eyes
5. Cloaked
6. Poison Symbols
7. Birds In Spring
8. Murder
9. The Pathway
10. Midnight Question
11. Grey Sunday
12. Pollen (4-Track Demo) *
13. Dark Angels (Demo) *
14. Ghost Years (Demo) *
15. Raven Eyes (Demo) *
16. Cloaked (4-Track Mix) *
17. Murder (4-Track Mix) *
18. Grey Sunday (Demo) *

CD 3. Ghost Years
1. Grey Sunday (Video Version)
2. Ghost Years (Alternate Version)
3. Evening
4. Leaves
5. Winter Song (Original Version)
6. The Watchers
7. Birds Asleep
8. Tears And Rain
9. Aliénor
10. Lost At Sea (2)
11. Routine
12. My Weakness
13. The Falling Snow (Remixed Edited Version)
14. Winter Song (7 Inch Version) *
15. Last Rays *
16. A Room By The Sea *

CD 4. A Dark Place
1. Quiet Room
2. Haunted By The Sky
3. The Moment
4. The Invisible Man
5. Negative Moon
6. The Void
7. A Dark Place
8. The Next World
9. Dark Haired Girls *
10. Negative Moon (Early Version) *

CD 5. Beautiful Illusions
1. Their Souls
2. Forever Rain
3. Drowning
4. Blessings Counted
5. Love Song
6. Four Bluebirds
7. Lonely Boy
8. Two Windows
9. Dark Sea *

* Bonus tracks to There Must Be Someone box set

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