IMMANU EL
Immanu El started as a musical experiment in Jönköping, Sweden 2004 by then 16-year-old Claes Strängberg, soon joined by his twin brother Per and friends David Lillberg and Jonatan Josefsson. The band has gained a reputation as one of the most promising bands from Scandinavia and have performed over 300 shows in 30 countries since the debut album was released 2008. During the last years of touring Immanu El performed at festivals such as SXSW in Austin, Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Filter's Culture Collide Festival in Los Angeles, CMJ Music Marathon in New York, Canadian Music Week in Toronto and Strawberry Festival in Beijing and Shanghai. The last few years have been very special for Swedish dream pop pioneers Immanu El. Since the latest album release almost five years ago, the band have been touring around the world and battling a lawsuit against the state at the same time – a somewhat Kafka-esque experience that ended up with two trials and a verdict proving the band innocent almost two years later. Immanu El re-grouped in a cellar of an old regiment building, started to write new music and got Swedish Grammy nominated producer Johan Eckeborn (Jonathan Johansson – Lebensraum)on board to work with the band. When spring arrived, the boys booked a studio at the top of a hill near Florence in Tuscany, Italy, and spent two weeks recording what now has become the band’s fourth album; Hibernation. Putting more time and focus into the production than ever before, Immanu El and Johan Eckeborn have managed to create something unique, developing the sound of the band and making the songs more compelling and exciting than ever. Introducing synthesizers and a rhythmic drive to melodies, this new album has brought a new level of grandeur and simplicity to the music. Hibernation is one of Swedens most interesting exports in modern pop music this year. PRESS QUOTES "One of the biggest Swedish pop-hopes right now" – METRO ”Swedish postrock romanticism or hauntingly whispering hover-pop. Sigur Rós without fairy-tale forest” - ROLLING STONE "Immanu El leaps over the treshold to the most talented quarters of postrock, where you can find a priceless presence. And they do it with heavy feet." – GAFFA "Immanu El is not only a project but - as sentimental as it might sound - an affair of the heart." – VISIONS "Immanu El excels in a myriad respects throughout. Absolutely brilliant." – IT'S A TRAP! "Confronts the listener with a successful mixture of discreet stately parts and eruptive moments. We recommend Immanu El for fans of well made experimental pop music." – ECLIPSED "The brilliant songwriting and cathedral-like production simply mean that everyone who adores implied kitsch is already sitting in the boat, while everyone else is still taking their seats. Wonderful, just wonderful." - DE:BUG Having their roots in shoegaze, dreampop and post rock, the result sparkles with majestic understatement - MOTOR.DE Close your eyes and dream away. These sailors are happy to finally set sail. - LAUT.DE "If I think of Scandinavian postrock, Immanu El always belongs in the front row" – WHITE TAPES "Album of the week. The closeness of atmospheric pop is the secret of Immanu El. They come they come!" – VODAFONE LIVE
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