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"The Harbour, My Home" (release date: Mar 14, 2014)

Winter 2014. Next Stop: Horizon report back with "The Harbour, My Home". A lot has happened in the two and a half years since the release of their marvelous debut album "We Know Exactly Where We Are Going". During one of their highly acclaimed tours that led Pär Hagström and Jenny Roos with their band through Europe, they were drafted for a theater production at the Saarland State Theatre. Pär Hagström wrote the music for the play "Das kalte Herz" and the entire band lived and worked for several months in Germany during the rehearsals and performances.

With plenty of inspiration in tow, they headed back to Sweden to record the new album – in their own analogue studio. Recorded on gorgeously quirky vintage equipment, the album features instruments that are less commonly heard in pop music – including bass clarinet, harmonium, mandolin. But it's difficult for outsiders to find the right words to describe this music. In keeping with tradition, Pär & Jenny bring it more precisely to the point.

Gothenburg, December 19th 2013

Dear friends,

we are happy and proud to let you know that the second Next Stop: Horizon album finally is ready!

It's wintertime and it's dark up here in the north.
We look forward to a brighter season.
When the spring comes we will get the opportunity to tour again, and to share our new songs with a lot of people in a lot of different places.
Nothing really compares to that.

We have spent more or less the entire fall at our own studio searching, thinking, dreaming, trying, failing, succeeding, improving, playing, and of course recording.
We took out all our old and weird instruments, that we love to search for and collect, and put them all in the session room. Beautiful and accessible.
Electric organs, pump organs, instruments with many strings, instruments with less strings, bows, bells, pianos, things you can hit and things that don't have a name.
Then we played them all, and recorded it. We added vocals during live sessions through our oldest microphone.
We mixed it and ran everything down to the analogue tape machine - and there it was:

a new album.

What is music? What is art? What is love? And what does it mean in a world as mysterious, unpredictable, and sometimes dark, as the world we live in?
We like to look at music as sounds transcending into little waves of love that can light up our way and point out the direction.
Even if we don't know for sure what's waiting up the road.In a way comparable to emergency lights in an airplane floor; necessary when you need to find the way out in the darkness.
Or just like a lighthouse showing the way to the harbour that's hidden in the night...

We're going there - hope to see you friends on the road!

love,
Pär & Jenny

"The Harbour, My Home" (VÖ 14.03.2014)

Winter 2014. Next Stop: Horizon melden sich mit „The Harbour, My Home“ zurück. In den zweieinhalb Jahren seit der Veröffentlichung des beliebten Debüts „We Know Exactly Where We Are Going“ ist einiges geschehen. Während einer ihrer umjubelten Tourneen, die Pär Hagström und Jenny Roos mit ihrer Band quer durch Europa führten, wurden sie von der Bühne weg für eine Theaterproduktion des Saarländischen Staatstheaters engagiert. Pär Hagström schrieb die Musik für das Stück „Das kalte Herz“ und die gesamte Band wohnte und arbeitete mehrere Monate während der Proben- und Aufführungszeit in Deutschland.

Mit reichlich Inspirationen im Gepäck ging es zurück nach Schweden, wo das neue Album entstand – im heimischen Analog-Studio. Eingespielt auf herrlich verschrobenem Vintage-Equipment und mit einem in der Popmusik eher ungewöhnlichen Instrumentarium wie Bass-Klarinette, Harmonium, Mandoline. Dafür die richtigen Worte zu finden, fällt Außenstehenden schwer. In guter Tradition bringen es Pär & Jenny dafür umso genauer auf den Punkt.

Gothenburg, December 19th 2013

Dear friends,

we are happy and proud to let you know that the second Next Stop: Horizon album finally is ready!

It's wintertime and it's dark up here in the north.
We look forward to a brighter season.
When the spring comes we will get the opportunity to tour again, and to share our new songs with a lot of people in a lot of different places.
Nothing really compares to that.

We have spent more or less the entire fall at our own studio searching, thinking, dreaming, trying, failing, succeeding, improving, playing, and of course recording.
We took out all our old and weird instruments, that we love to search for and collect, and put them all in the session room. Beautiful and accessible.
Electric organs, pump organs, instruments with many strings, instruments with less strings, bows, bells, pianos, things you can hit and things that don't have a name.
Then we played them all, and recorded it. We added vocals during live sessions through our oldest microphone.
We mixed it and ran everything down to the analogue tape machine - and there it was:

a new album.

What is music? What is art? What is love? And what does it mean in a world as mysterious, unpredictable, and sometimes dark, as the world we live in?
We like to look at music as sounds transcending into little waves of love that can light up our way and point out the direction.
Even if we don't know for sure what's waiting up the road.In a way comparable to emergency lights in an airplane floor; necessary when you need to find the way out in the darkness.
Or just like a lighthouse showing the way to the harbour that's hidden in the night...

We're going there - hope to see you friends on the road!

love,
Pär & Jenny

The Harbour My Home (CD/Vinyl) - (release: Mar 14, 2014)

Next Stop: Horizon - We Know Exactly Where We Are Going (CD/LP)