Boomkat Product Review:
Swedish musician Erik Levander is probably hitherto best known for having made contributions to Efterklang's Parades album, but Kondens reveals the artist in all his solo brilliance, blending acoustic, classical instrumentation with electronics in a manner that's clearly compatible with the music of his Danish patrons. There's a strong emphasis on Levander as a composer/producer, lending Kondens a similar feel to the output of Valgeir Sigurdsson, most obviously his Ekvillibrium LP, which featured a similarly creative blend of digital trickery and more conventional melodic ornamentation. Using the likes of guitars, pianos, clarinet and vibraphone as starting points, Levander creates marvellously complex and intricate passages like 'Hitta Hem', whose pitter-pat drums function as a high-tech counterpoint to the soothing electroacoustic drone sounds at the songs core. Showing a range of compositional angles, Levander's also capable of subtle harmonic studies, as on the elongated, layered woodwind tones of 'Manen Viskar', one of the more understated moments on the album, yet a clear highlight. Recommended.