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Jonathan Hulten


Jonathan Hulten

JONATHAN HULTÉN, the darkly enigmatic Swedish Grammy-winning songwriter, also known as guitarist in blackened-death metal vampires Tribulation, has joined the Kscope roster to release his debut solo album Chants From Another Place

Following on from his 2017 EP The Dark Night Of The Soul

The musical inspiration for singer/songwriter JONATHAN HULTÉN’s debut album is drawn from a capella folk and church choir compositions. Throughout the album, tales are weaved and musical influences collide as HULTÉN draws comparisons to artists including Nick Drake, Sufjan Stevens and Fleet Foxes, as well as traditional folk artists Bert Jansch & John Martyn right through to his contemporaries in Anna Ternheim, Chelsea Wolfe & Hexvessel.

With Chants From Another Place HULTÉN has created a deeply reflective and personal world that he invites listeners to explore. With little to link Chants From Another Place to his death metal alter-ego there are flashes of gothic darkness interwoven into the album’s acoustic tapestry. HULTÉN says that the album “will thematically take you through landscapes of ecstasy, passing mountains of death and rebirth, sailing seas of adventure, traversing wastelands of despair and forests of myth. It is an inward journey and only time can tell which places will be visited under its duration. It is a tale of spiritual death and rebirth”

The cover art for Chants From Another Place is a self-penned portrait, reflecting the melancholy found within the songs on the album and an insight into HULTÉN’s unique persona. Of his strange, beguiling look, which is part-inspired by Harry Clarke’s illustrations from ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ and part a slow blossoming of HULTÉN’s own persona, he says that, “Art is self-exploration. In the long run it also leads to becoming yourself more and more. The one you are supposed to be. The everyday persona and the stage persona, by the end of the day, they are one and the same. Two sides of the same multifaceted coin. My performance is a means to achieve a union between the two. I am trying to become a better person by embracing my own weirdness. My style is manifesting by itself, following the flow of the music. It is an act of surrender and spontaneity and therefore also a conquering of fear. A claim for my spirit’s freedom through a streak of consecutive movements.”

Recorded solely by HULTÉN in his studio in Stockholm, Sweden, the twelve compositions that make up Chants From Another Place were mixed by Ola Ersfjord from Cuervo Recording Service in Madrid, Spain. The album invites just one other music collaborator, the percussionist Nacho Montero on the song ‘Outskirts’.

Chants From Another Place will be released on CD, LP & digitally and is available to pre-order HERE

Chants From Another Place tracklisting: 

1           A Dance In The Road [04:18]
2           The Mountain [03:51]
3           Next Big Day [03:09]
4           The Call To Adventure [04:39]
5           Wasteland [03:12]
6           Outskirts[02:27]
7           Holy Woods [02:52]
8           Where Devils Weep [03:19]
9           The Fleeting World[02:43]
10         Ostbjorka Brudlat [03:07]
11         The Roses [04:14]
12         Deep Night [02:50]

HULTÉN will join CHELSEA WOLFE on tour, opening for her ‘Birth Of Violence’ acoustic tour in the UK & Europe in March 2020. “The live show is focused on reproducing the mystical state of mind in which the songs themselves were created,” he says. “Incense and lights that follow the music are the keys and draws you into the tranquil yet sometimes dramatic world that Chants From Another Place inhabits. Like watching a sunset; peaceful, sometimes kind of intense while also slightly psychedelic.”

MAR 11, Archa Theatre – Prague, Czech Republic
MAR 12, Großer Sendesaal Des Rbb- Berlin, Germany
MAR 13, UT Connewitz – Leipzig, Germany
MAR 14, Christuskirche Bochum – Bochum, Germany
MAR 16, TivoliVredenburg – Utrecht, Netherlands
MAR 17, La Gaîté Lyrique – Paris, France
MAR 19, The Stoller Hall – Manchester, United Kingdom
MAR 20, Saint Luke’s – Glasgow, United Kingdom
MAR 21, Coventry Cathedral – Coventry, United Kingdom
MAR 22, Alexandra Palace Theatre – London, United Kingdom
MAR 23, Bourla – Antwerpen, Belgium
MAR 25, Trinity Chapel – Lyon, France
MAR 26, Octagon Theater – Pully, Switzerland
MAR 28, Kammerspiele – Munich, Germany
MAR 29, Gruenspan – Hamburg, Germany
MAR 30, DR Koncerthuset Studie 2 – København, Denmark
MAR 31, Kulturkirken Jakob Oslo, Norway
APR 1, Nalen – Stockholm, Sweden

Remaining tickets available here: https://JonathanHulten.lnk.to/Chants

Jonathan Hulten – Chants Fr0m Another Place trailer

Jonathan Hulten – Nightly Sun

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