Boomkat Product Review:
Man Tänker Sitt (or Burrowing) is the score to a film by Henrik Hellström and Fredrik Wenzel by Stockholm's Erik Enocksson. As tends to be the case with Kning Disk's output the tone is one of starkly arranged melancholy, calling upon a comparatively small palette of instruments to communicate a whole album's worth of emotions. Key to the success of this record is Enocksson's multi-layered, heavy-headed vocals which really imbue the record with a sense of isolation and loneliness, yet you might just hear a creeping sense of optimism about Enocksson's lamenting harmonies. There's something especially endearing and fittingly festive about the acappellas: 'Haec Silva Odi' in particular is a real tearjerker - if you heard it being sung outside your window by carollers this Christmas you'd almost certainly be moved to invite them in for some hot cocoa, but even with instrumental accompaniment there's a deeply ingrained remoteness about all this that persists. Neither the piano lines of 'Nox Egoque Soli' nor the heart-rending organ backdrop of 'Non Lupi' manage to lift the Swedish composer/songwriter out of his solitude and dejection. It's only by the closing piece 'Ange, Nocte Nudapecta' that company comes his way, with Jesper Söderqvist and Hugo Mårtensson supplying added vocals to Enocksson's choir of one before a final passage of organ wheezes the album to an elegiac finale. Not one of the more obvious feel-good albums of the year, but the craft and emotional heft of Enocksson's music shines through.