We had initially planned to be in the studio for three or four nights.The first evening we rattled though the songs, a take or two of each and in those six hours everything clicked. We ended the evening by going to a great bar called 8mm.Anton set up a gig there the following night and played old folk records, then we played a live set. But the album captures the character of the songs live with no frills. Anton taught me about perfect mistakes.”“Lipinski comes across like a star in waiting – one who possesses immense patience with the powers that be – who lets his voice & playing speak for themselves” Huffington Post“Alex Lipinski channels the best tones of John Lennon and Roy Orbison and makes them his own.
Fellow contributors numbered Karl Vento and Albert af Ekenstam on electric guitars, Emma Strååt and Kajsa Persson on strings and Max Lindahl on trumpet. She sings on ‘Cover Hearts’, a track from sometime soundtrack composer David Wenngren’s Library Tapes project and on Gothenburg electro-collective Tegami’s pulsing ‘Screen Dream’.
Meanwhile, back at base camp, ‘Lost In Light’ is a screen-style dream of an album itself: immersive while it lasts, haunting after it flickers out of view.
Expect chilling harmonies, unbridled enthusiasm, some wholesome tunes and a sincere performance.
A Juliard-trained standup bassist and a train-hopping troubadour walk into a bar…
American Songwriter"Regardless of how the influences of folk, jazz and blues intermingled, Cicada Rhythm craft an open-hearted, inventive blend of American musics in deceptively simple songs that are both haunting and playfully jaunty [....] Rarely has a band’s name fit their music so well.
Cicada Rhythm conjure up the Southern twilight when the buzz of insects washes in waves through the trees, and that eerie but comforting moment of stasis before the world transforms." Creative Loafing, Charlotte NC "The thing that most impresses about Cicada Rhythm's sound is how big it is, even though it's not.
sounds like the lead into a nerdy joke but it’s not.
It is the recipe that yielded the elegant and eponymous Normaltown Records debut from Cicada Rhythm.
Such is the case with the subtly cinematic second album from Sandra Sumie Nagano, ‘Lost In Light’, through Bella Union.
On 2013’s eponymous debut, Sumie tapped into the mid-point between Scandinavian and Japanese folk music to deliver an album of blissful restraint, its quietude shaped by a combination of parenthood and natural inclination.
He’s got the voice, the songs, and youth on his side” – Mick Taylor (Guitarist Magazine) Born Sandra Sumie Nagano in Gothenburg, Sweden, she first began recording her songs in 2008, a few years after becoming a mother.