We are one week away from the release of Kristoffer Gildenlöw’s long-awaited new album Let Me Be A Ghost, but we can already enjoy a new track and lyric video today from this masterpiece. Fleeting Thought is one of the latest songs written for the album and the last to be completed in the studio.
“The amazing guitar player, and Kayak band mate, Marcel Singor was asked to record the guitar solo on this song. I couldn’t quite reproduce and capture the feel of the one-take, improvised demo-solo I had done for the pre-production. Marcel understood exactly what I was going for and recorded this beautiful solo for me” – explains Kristoffer about the track.
The song is based around this fragile guitar-riff and builds up from there into this floating 6/8 waltz with the solo and stacked vocals as the peak dynamics before crashing down to zero again.
“Fleeting Thought is about being ”stuck” in bed and not being able to get out and live your life as usual. Whether due to a mental or physical illness. The video was meant to be a plain lyric video, but I decided to add some cute animations to emphasize the story and to give you something more to look at while listening to the song” – he concludes.
Let Me Be A Ghost is the fourth solo album by Kristoffer Gildenlöw, following RUST (2012), The Rain (2016) and Homebound (2020).
Kristoffer was born and raised in Sweden but lives in The Netherlands since 2003, where he currently plays in the iconic Dutch symphonic rock band Kayak. He started playing the piano at the age of 7 and started playing bass at the age of 14. However Kristoffer is a multi-instrumentalist, bass guitar is his main instrument.
In 1994, at the age of 16, Kristoffer was asked to join his brothers (Daniel) band Pain of Salvation and in 1997 the debut album Entropia was released. Pain of Salvation rose to become one of the most respected bands in the progressive rock/metal genre and is still one of the most proclaimed ones in the scene. Kristoffer is part of the early legacy of Pain of Salvation, including their first 6 studio albums and the live BE album/DVD and the ever so praised album Remedy Lane.
In 2006, Kristoffer parted ways with the band en in the years that followed, he was frequently asked to lend his signature playing skills to various artists as a session bass player – live and in the studio.
Kristoffer has his name on more than 50 releases and has touring the world with some of the bigger names out there: Neal Morse (US), Lana Lane (US), Damian Wilson (UK), Mr. Fastfinger (FIN), Ian Parry (NL), The Shadow Theory (AU), For All We Know (NL), Dark Suns (D), Robby Valentine (NL), Bert Heerink (NL) and Omnia (NL), to name a few.
Being active as a musician for more than 25 years, Kristoffer also felt inspired to make his own solo albums, not only to have total freedom as a bass player but also as a songwriter, vocalist, instrumentalist, producer and engineer.
In his own music, we can hear parts of artists and bands that have influenced him musically over the years. And there lies the dynamic range of his music. From the more singer/songwriter approach (Leonard Cohen, The White Buffalo, ) to multi-layered symphonic rock (Pink Floyd, Mike Oldfield, Roger Waters, David Sylivan, Blackfield). And it’s fans of these bands and artists that will probably take liking in the music.
Kristoffer also has a big heart for nature and charities and has on several occasions used his music to raise money and awareness for different causes.
All income from his single Pass The Touch will be directly transferred to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to help save orphaned baby elephants in Kenya.
In 2018, Kristoffer released the album We Are Breaking The Chains, under the rock-project Breaking The Chains. A collaboration with 50 of the best Dutch rock musicians, who came together to make this album to raise awareness and funds for abused children.
This was the product of many years of planning, composing music, making connections and lobbying.
Breaking The Chains contained musicians from well-known bands such as Within Temptation, Epica, Delain, Martyr, Kayak, Kingfisher Sky, MaYaN, Textures and more.
Let Me Be A Ghost pt. I
Blame It All On Me
Falling, Floating, Sinking
Lean On Me
Let Me Be A Ghost pt. II
Where I Ought To Be
Let Me Be A Ghost pt. III
Look At Me Now
– Limited Edition double LP
– Threefold digipack CD
– Digital Download and streaming on all major platforms
All songs written by Kristoffer Gildenlöw
Mixed and Produced by Kristoffer Gildenlöw
Mastered by Peter van ‘t Riet at Finetune Mastering Studio (NL)
Cover art painting by Sander van Helvoort
Artwork by Kristoffer Gildenlöw
Joris Lindner: Drums on The Wind, Falling, Floating, Sinking, Fleeting Thought, Lean On Me, Still Enough and Where I Ought To Be. Hammond Organ on The Wind
Dirk Bruinenberg: Drums on Let Me Be A Ghost pt. III
Erna auf der Haar: Vocals on Lean On Me
Ronja Gildenlöw: Vocals on The Wind
Marcel Singor: Guitar solo on Fleeting Thought
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