Listening through Bigfield, its clear why many people consider Harald one of the finest producers ofelectronic music today. Every single sound is pure perfection, the colors are vivid, the arrangements tothe point yet never less than enigmatic. Whats more important is that hes got soul, oceans of it. Harald is a true romantic artist, constantly returning to the same themes of nostalgia, understated euphoria and sunshine over snowy landscapes. Over the last few years, Harald’s followers have heard him get closer and closer to the core of his art with every single release. Finally, Bigfield has arrived -his first true masterpiece, one of those rare albums that will make listeners dance, weep and smile inequal parts.
Harald Björk grew up in a Stockholm suburb surrounded by musicians and nature. His interest in recording sounds started when he, as a child, stumbled upon his father’s old tape recorder, a machine that quickly became his favorite toy. Lots of mixtapes and a Nirvana influenced punk band soon followed. As a teenager Harald bought his first decks and started djing hip hop. Soon he got in touch with the early Swedish techno scene. A creative year in Berlin resulted in releases on Deep Focus, Traum Schallplatten and Apparillo Music. After moving back to Stockholm, Harald started working on various music projects as well as touring live. At the end of 2009 his own record label KrangIan Broadcast was born, releasing the mesmerizing Kranglan EP as its first output. In the year of 2010 Harald has played at some of the biggest festivals and clubs in Sweden. The time has come for Bigfield, his debut album for Kranglan Broadcast, with a worldwide released scheduled for November. He is currently filming a video clip and preparing a brand new live set to accompany the album. Harald Björk’s music is a naive and emotional, melodic type of techno with a melancholy Scandinavian touch. His music can be described as a mixture between the playfulness of Aphex Twin and the poppy electronica of early Röyksopp spiced with techno beats à la Berlin and Cologne. Harald’s tracks are often appreciated by followers of labels like Border Community, Kompakt and Cocoon. His records are played by djs like James Holden, Sven Väth, Miss Kittin and Four Tet amongst others. In his live performances Harald uses a computer brimful of chopped up raw emotion and an army of machines and controllers used to build up atmospheres of innocent love and sweet frustration. Bittersweet melodic adventures escalate into explosive breakdowns, winding up into motoric beats. Listening through Bigfield, it’s clear why many people consider Harald one of the finest producers of electronic music today. (added: 2012-01-06 13:35:41 )