“Seaside Air”, the 9th studio album by Trettioåriga Kriget, was recorded during summer and autumn 2015 in Stockholm. It contains seven new original songs, most of them written by Stefan Fredin and all with lyrics by Olle Thörnvall. For the first time in the long history of Kriget, the entire album is in English, which should guarantee a new level of interest among the band’s very international fanbase.
Following the album trilogy that Trettioåriga Kriget released between 2004 and 2011, and which formed the band’s autobiography, “Seaside Air” is a relaxed, self-assured album. The songs are very strong, melodic and immediately accessible, sometimes showing their childhood love of The Beatles, but without losing the depth and complexity for which these Swedish masters of progressive rock are so well known. The first four tracks
form a mini suite with autobiographical roots, the following two numbers take off in another direction before the majestic closing number ”Behold the pilot” ties it all together.
“Seaside Air” is a phrase that could refer to the famously invigorating atmosphere of the band’s native Saltsjöbaden, but it could also mean “a melody by the sea”, full of light and colour. A very warm sound permeates this new album from Trettioåriga Kriget, an album in which the band reinvents itself once again, and creates great new music by looking back on its history.
Trettioåriga Kriget / The Thirty Years War
Seaside Air (Mellotronen, 2016, CD and LP)
Produced and arranged by Trettioåriga Kriget
Mixed by Dag Lundquist
Mastered by Peter In de Betou
Cover art and design by Johan Gullberg
1. The Photograph
2. Seaside Air
3. Forgotten Garden
6. Dreaming of Vermeer
7. Behold the Pilot
Trettioåriga Kriget is:
Stefan Fredin – bass guitar, vocals, acoustic guitar
Dag Lundquist – drums, timpani, violin, percussion, backing vocals
Robert Zima – vocals, acoustic guitar
Christer Åkerberg – lead guitar
Mats Lindberg – keyboards
Olle Thörnvall – lyrics