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Synth player in CULT OF LUNA and bass player/vocalist in PG.LOST share new project SOARS: listen to “Old & Heavy”

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If your musical inclinations lead you to enjoy the likes of God Is An Astronaut, PG.LOST, Caspian, Explosions in the Sky, and Mogwai, then SOARS, the solo endeavor of Kristian Karlsson, should be on your radar. Known for his synth work in CULT OF LUNA and his contributions as a bass player and vocalist in PG.LOST, Karlsson has gifted the world of instrumental rock with Repeater. This album is a captivating blend of dramatic, echo-infused soundscapes, and deeply evocative melodies that PG.LOST aficionados will find particularly pleasing. But why isn’t it a PG.LOST release?

Karlsson expresses, “I grew weary of dismissing compositions that didn’t quite align with PG.LOST‘s style but were too enticing for my ears to discard. The group’s collective workflow is relatively paced, but my creative process is ceaseless. Therefore, it became evident that I needed an alternative channel for these ideas.”

Under the alias Soars, Karlsson unveiled his inaugural solo album, Enfold, in 2021. This self-recorded and self-released project stirred the post-rock scene and swiftly sold out its vinyl pressings. His second album, Repeater, flawlessly picks up from where Enfold left off, guided by Christian Augustin’s robust drumming (Stiu Nu Stiu, live drummer of Cult of Luna) and Karlsson’s compelling synth melodies. The eight tracks encapsulate cinematic influences from artists like Vangelis and Jean-Michelle Jarre, as well as post-rock groups like God is An Astronaut, Caspian, and Mogwai.

Karlsson elucidates, “Soars is a personal exploration and expression of a sound that has been refined over the years.”

Repeater‘s title track immerses listeners in orchestral magnificence tinged with melancholy, offering a strand of hope that persists throughout the album. Tracks such as “Uprise,” filled with layers of manipulated vocals and exquisite melodies, induce exhilaration, while “The Waiting” and “Grow” showcase Repeater‘s prowess through the pure potency of its composition. Combining retro synth sounds with a full-bodied contemporary production, Repeater presents a vast dynamic range, memorable melodies, and atmospheric density. Karlsson describes the straightforward recording process, stating, “Many of the ideas were formed at home in my kitchen and took their final form in the studio.”

Soars by @mathieuezan
Soars by @mathieuezan

Through Soars, Karlsson exemplifies his inherent talent for transforming his carefree spirit into auditory art. Repeater stands as the testament of a man whose life intertwines with music – an album that engages the listener and transports them into its sonic universe.

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