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Kim Gordon, Jenny Hval, and Nocturnal Habits Top Our Songs of the Week (9/16)

on September 16, 2016, 9:00am
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06. Albert af Ekenstam – “Made of Gold”

albert af ekenstam Kim Gordon, Jenny Hval, and Nocturnal Habits Top Our Songs of the Week (9/16)

So free yourself tonight,” pleads Albert af Ekenstam through aching, yet earnest emotive suffocation. He understands how precious pain can become, to the point that it weighs us down, like gold, when the emotional labor of treasuring despair doesn’t shine anymore. “Made of Gold” appears on his upcoming debut album, Ashes, due out October 14th. With much of the album rebuilding from the ruins of losing his mother early in life, we meet the artist attempting to relight the embers with brooding piano suspended beneath a layer of gorgeous, heartfelt vocals. From Gothenburg to Stockholm, Albert af Ekenstam brings the influence of Bon Iver into a room with Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky — a contrast that only makes his pop balladry more affecting. –Lior Phillips


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