The multi-talented artist Jonathan Hultén, also known from the death metal act Tribulation, has made quite a fascinating start with his solo career a while ago with the debut EP “The Dark Night of the Soul”. Already back then, it was quite clear that it wasn’t going to end there! After 3 years, he is back as a solo artist, and the debut full-length “Chants From Another Place” is out via Kscope.
There are certain albums that leave me speechless. It almost feels like I am experiencing million feelings and colors at once, crying and smiling at the same, wanting to fly high but also going down below. In this context, putting these bundle of emotions into words becomes difficult.
Upon listening this release for the first time but even again and again, this is exactly how I feel. Many emotions, many colors, many dimensions. From the beginning to the end, this album is not only a musical and emotional feast, but we get to broaden our horizon as Mr. Hultén takes us on a dark, spiritual and personal journey of different worlds. While listening to the album, some will be taken to Tolkien’s Middle-Earth while others will feel the cold Northern breeze.
In general, twelve songs consist of dark folk tunes, following the musical path of the debut EP but offering much more. For instance, Outskirts gave me that Tribulation vibe, whereas songs like Ostbjorka Brudlat and Deep Night will make you appreciate the immense talent of Jonathan Hultén!
The instrumental and vocal arrangements are combined well with the lyrics and the excellent production. Everything is flowing and well-thought, the songs leave a room for interpretation and there is not even one second of repetition. Every element is dynamic; this is depicted quite well within the structure of the album. Sometimes it will get dark…and sometimes the sun will shine.
Since this is a personal album, each song will resonate differently for everyone. That being said, some songs are quite unique as they musically and emotionally stand out a bit more. For me, A Dance in the Road, The Mountain, and Deep Night did the magical trick and gave me shivers. It is like going to an art gallery and picking your favorite piece(s). It is up to the listener to decide which piece they will pick and what emotions they will experience.
“Chants from Another Place” is by far the best release of this rather strange year so far. The timing is perfect and it has been worth the wait. Get this release and get ready to be blown away!
01. A Dance in the Road
02. The Mountain
03. Next Big Day
04. The Call to Adventure
07. Holy Woods
08. Where Devils Weep
09. The Fleeting World
10. Ostbjorka Brudlat
11. The Roses
12. Deep Night