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GILDENLOW KRISTOFFER - The RainEx Pain Of Salvation & for fans of Blackfield, Roger Waters, Anathema
Format: CD / Cat No: MRRCD22127 / Released: 01/01/2016

Track Listing: 1. After The Rain pt. II / 2. Holding On pt. I / 3. Seeking The Sun pt. I / 4. Seeking The Sun pt. II / 5. Worthy / 6. Holding On pt. II / 7. See it All / 8. Peripheral Memory / 9. Breathe In, Breathe Out / 10. In the Evening / 11. It Was Me / 12. Drizzle / 13. She / 14. All For You / 15. The Funeral pt. I / 16. The Funeral pt. II

More information: Born in Eskilstuna, Sweden, Gildenlöw made a name for himself in the progressive rock scene during his eleven year career (1995- 2006) as bass player for world-renowned Swedish band, Pain of Salvation. His skill as a bass guitarist granted him the endorsement by Mayones guitars for more than a decade. In addition to bass guitar, Gildenlöw studied: piano, drums, double bass, guitar, classical vocals and music design; all of which have served the artist well in his transition to a solo career. He left Sweden and PoS to move to the Netherlands, but remained very active working as a session musician in live performances, touring, and recording bass lines on over thirty prominent albums for various artists all over the world.

The deep tones of how the mind fights against itself resonate throughout this powerful and poignant work by Kristoffer Gildenlöw. A brilliant effort after his highly acclaimed first solo release: Rust (2013); a thematic album which delved into the realities of aging and one's perspectives on past, future and ultimately reconciliation with life choices. Again, Gildenlöw has chosen a heavy subject for the theme of The Rain; which is a concept album that examines the life of a man in later stages of dementia who struggles with his own reality, perceived through the metaphor of rain and clouds.

The gentleness of the piano passages oppose the angst and turmoil which lie beneath. The gentle pace at which the album progresses is reflective of the destructive force of the disease upon the man, and you find yourself at the tipping point with the track, ‘Breath In, Breath Out’. It is through this lyrically beautiful song that the realization of the end becomes apparent; leaving the listener grasping for the beauty captured in the mind’s eye.

Kristoffer is currently the bass player with Dutch band KAYAK.

Line-up: Kristoffer Gildenlow - bass, guitars / Fredrik Hermansson - drums, percussion / Lars Erik Asp - drums, percussion / Paul Coenradie - guitar / Anne Bakker - violins, viola / Maaike Peterse - cello