Artist: Marcus Norberg and the Disappointments
Title: Absolut Music
What: 4-track EP
Release date: 17th of april
Label: Adrian Recordings
3. You Never Told Me
4. Everybody Knows
"across a field of pretty guitar fuzz, Norberg unspools his rich, deep voice for a gorgeous crypto-ballad about fearing for your neck."
"Absolut Music” is 4 new tracks and according to Marcus not much has happened since the album. Songs are still about being in love and not, and there’s something really beautiful about the narrow minded look into Marcus everyday life. His life is not like yours and he knows it, and he is always struggling with it. This is Möllan, Malmö by night and the early mornings. This is occasional trips the Berlin just to realise that life is the same there, sometimes it’s ok and sometimes you get robbed. And the question: does anybody care?
Seven years after relocating to Malmö from his hometown of Sandviken to pursue a music career, Marcus stepped out from the comfort zone of bands like YAST and into the limelight for his project – Marcus Norberg and the Disappointments.
YAST are best described as the sound of small town kids raised on a steady diet of guitar pop filtered through the torn denim and flannel shirts of the early ‘90s American alternative scene along with a big dollop of dreamy escapism. 2013 saw the release of their eponymous debut album to much clapping of hands and words of praise. Tours followed, festivals dates, headline shows and support slots.
Not every song that Marcus wrote fitted YAST’s aesthetic though. And so in 2013, during downtime from YAST, Toi Let were born. Heavier than YAST, but still showcasing Marcus’ skill with an ear-worm melody. Surf music for inner-city kids. Somewhere along the line he ended up as the drummer in yet another band, the leather jacket power-punk supergroup Nightmen.
YAST’s second LP, followed in 2015 to universal praise. Marcus spent the rest of the year on the road promoting it, writing songs and forming the idea for yet another project.
YAST, Toi Let and Nightmen’s music is made to be heard on a Saturday night, whereas Marcus Norberg and the Disappointments are there for the inevitable Sunday morning comedown. Marcus has always written melancholy lyrics, but this is the first time they’ve been married to music that is equally downbeat.
As the name implies Marcus isn’t completely solo; The Disappointments are Markus Johansson (YAST, Toi Let, DÖDEN), Niklas Wennerstrand (YAST, Toi Let), Erik Mellerstedt (Bo Mehr, Nightmen) and Matilda Berggren (Mixtapes & Cellmates, Curiositi). These 4 tracks are recorded and produced by Emil Isaksson at Studio Möllan.
Live: Releaseparty: 19 april: Plan B - Malmö
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