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Fort Not is a Gothenburg based band, emerged out of the fumes of gin and tonic during a west coast summer night. The band, consisting of two friends, Fredrik and Robert, is a musically odd couple that found common ground in catchy pop songs and their equal love for Pavement.
"Both me and Robert love pop-songs, which is about the only thing we have in common musical vice. I have a mix tape that Calvin Johnson (Beat happening) made called ”U.S. pop underground - whimpy/ power pop 1976-1980”. I played it one summer for Robert and he instantly loved it. We always seem to come back to it when we are recording in the studio.
It’s such an inspiration for us. Maybe not so much for the sound as for the love of a catchy churus”
Taking inspiration from that very mix-tape and the indie-pop golden Era of the 80s and the 90s they recorded ”the club is open”. The album was recorded by Emanuel Hallongren in his studio in Gothenburg. He is a special member of Fort Not, making all those songs into what they are; distorted, breezy, emotive, heart melting and slowshaking songs with beautiful melodies.
Fredrik writes most of the songs on different keyboards that he’s got at home. In the studio those songs get new life from the hands of Fort not ”One of my favourite is a kids toy keyboard. I just love to see how my songs evolve to a new creature in the studio.”
The thirteen track record starts of with the Velvet underground-flavorous Spending time. On Amsterdam, Fort Not shows of a more jangly side with a song that makes you wanna to dance to the radio.
You can hear Fredriks love for lo-fi on the slow-core ballad Mary-Ann and on Love me do, the latter sounding like the poppiest moments of Half japanese. The two dreamy songs Boy and Swirling conclude each side of the record. Despite that they sometimes flesh-out their sound a bit, the DIY charm is there on every track.
”In the end we just wanted to make a record filled with luscious indie-songs about lost love, new love, no love, loveless love and death”
released September 18, 2020
Fredrik Söderström: Lead Vocals, Organ, Piano and Keyboard.
Robert Carlsson: Guitar, Backing Vocals
Emanuel Hallongreen: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard, Percussion and Backing Vocals.
With: Philip Gates, John Olbon, Stefan Strömberg and David Hansson.
All songs written by Fredrik Söderström, except "I Guess" written by Fredrik Söderström and Robert Carlsson.
Produced, Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Emanuel Hallongren.
Graphic Design by Calle Thoor.