l'M KINGFISH ER - ARCTIC
UK release on Playground Music
"I’m Kingfisher" is the new solo alias of the Swedish indie/folk-artist Thomas Denver Jonsson.
'Arctic' is a conceptual album. It contains very personal thoughts and details, making it Thomas’ most contemporary and personal material to date. Compared with his previous catalogue, 'Arctic’ is a more edgy and experimental song collection, blending acoustic and synthetic elements without losing his strong sense of melodies and songcraft. Equal parts drone, blues and folk, the record is coated in a bleak but hopeful darkness.
Jonsson’s music is rooted in an indiefiolk tradition reminiscent of IVI Ward, Jason Molina and Gillian Welch but, from a lifetime centred around the Swedish and U5 underground, also has sparks of Fennesz, Mogwai and Animal Collective.
Over the past few years Thomas has toured with numerous acclaimed acts and his albums have been guested by people such as Damien Jurado, Rosie Thomas and Ned Oldham. ‘Arctic' contains contributions from members of Viarosa and Helios amongst many others.
“Sweden’s equivalent to Will Oldham"
"He makes much of his kinship with Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Bright Eyes and Cat Power, but I actually find him more appealing than all of them”
Rob Fitzpatrick, Word
"Yes, Neil Young is traceable in his voice and in some of his melodies, but really this is the fuzzy introspection of M Ward and his ilk: quiet choogling in the face of a stand-offish, underwhelming nature."
Mentioned as one of 6 important acts for the Swedish pop movement since ABBA together with The Hives, Cardigans, The Concretes, Robyn and Peter, Bjorn & John
”In a crowded marketplace, this album stands out"
Simon Cosyns, The Sun, 4/5
"Friends of The National will find a kindred soul here"
Rob Hughes, Uncut
"Jonsson’s writing stands head and shoulders above the herd"
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