APRIL ARCHIVES
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  "The first track “Tomorrow You’ll Be Forgiven…” is magic to me. A Satie-sounding minimalistic piano figure, a simple, but beautiful song melody, Jesper’s dark, low-voiced vocals and “…but tonight you will have your teeth knocked out” which feels just like a hit right in the solarpexus, in the middle of the warm safe ambience. “April Archives Collection No 1″ is a compilation of three of Jesper Norda’s earlier EP:s, 12 songs with only Jesper and his piano and sometimes a simple drum machine. No excesses, as simple as possible, but it never gets uninteresting. The melodies are not revolutionizing but set inside my head, both from the vocals and the piano figures. I hear David Sylvain, Leonard Cohen, Roger Waters in different contexts, but in the end his own unique character." meadowmusic.se  

APRIL ARCHIVES COLLECTION no 1 (APRILA08): Tomorrow you´ll be forgiven but tonight you will have your teeth knocked out // Little ones // Make it pass // Little dance // Ami´s song // Lets go to a place infected with truth and resist with all our hearts // Gentle and slow with a new sharp edge // We have the guts // Butterfly prayer // The end // A glance of the sun, a word of trust // You know*

CD/Digifile, total time 36.58, remastered by Dan Lissvik, cover image by Nira Pereg, cover design by Conny Karlsson.

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"It's the quiet ones you gotta worry about. The louder, more blustery the threat, the less likely they'll follow through. At least that's my experience. Jesper Norda bristles with white-hot violence in this ballad and I don't doubt for a minute that he'll make good on it. In the same way that Tindersticks brings the darkness to their version of soul music, Norda does the same with his restrained piano ballads and I'm way into it. His deep voice seethes with darkness and brings danger to every line. Even the title track from his "Little ones" EP (free download here) is unnerving, despite the far tamer subject matter. Proof positive once again that less is more. Always. To quote Foetus: say what you mean and say it mean." itsatrap.com

LITTLE ONES EP (APRILA03): Tomorrow you´ll be forgiven but tonight you will have your teeth knocked out // Little ones // Green and red and blue // Make it pass // Little dance

Free digital release (total time 15.33, download zip 35.8 mb)

 

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"As with his previous EP, the sound is pure piano and voice, soaked in darkness and hung out to dry. Actually, the minor key gloom and doom is just a red herring, "We have the guts" is a love ballad, a devotional epic. In a way. So much of the lyrics pertain to the dull mundane realities of dead-end day-to-day life, but the delivery is what gives it power and the conclusion is pure beauty. Jesper's voice is deep and strong, but it also aches when it strives for the higher notes and I don't doubt for a second that every word is true. And the dynamics? Intense. There's no need to sing out the title, it's implied with the final breath." itsatrap.com

WE HAVE THE GUTS EP (APRILA05): Lets go to a place infected with truth and resist with all our hearts // Ami´s song // Calm** // Gentle and slow with a new sharp edge // We have the guts

Free digital release (total time 18.42, download zip 42 mb)

 

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YOU KNOW EP (APRILA07): You know* // The end // A glance of the sun, a word of trust // Butterfly prayer

Free digital release (total time 9.09, download zip 16.8 mb)

 

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All music and lyrics by Jesper Norda, except * lyrics by Ami Nilsson and Jesper Norda ** lyrics by Ami Nilsson. All tracks licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.