Axel Boman is a Swedish electronic artist who is known for his lighthearted, “fun” work. He doesn’t make club music nor does he make straightforward dance music. His brand of electronic is something complicated and lighthearted: you could definitely sum it up with the sound and title of his last album Family Vacation, which featured songs like “Son Of A Plumber” and “Let’s Get Nervous.”
Funny guys can be sensitive, too. As the always great Philip Sherburne wrote for Pitchfork, his new song “1979” is a very emotional affair (” ‘1979’ isn’t, presumably, a cover of the Smashing Pumpkins song, but it’s damn near as emo, even without vocals.”). The track is three seconds shy of eleven minutes and a twinkly soundscape akin to standing on a rooftop, the noise of a party muffled below you and the rest of your senses engaged with a dazzling night sky. It’s a surprisingly sparse song that follows the narrative of a shy high bass tone, an imaginary central character that, although voiceless, feels like the nostalgic dreamer type who longs for a happiness he had, has, and will have. It’s very dreamy.
Now, I have no idea what the significance of the year the song is named after but it clearly means a lot to Boman. Maybe it was the year he was born? Maybe that was the year of his first kiss? Maybe that was the year of his first loss or first gain, something that still resonates with him decades later? It’s a pretty tune that I very much recommend settling into. The song is a wonderful companion piece to DJ Koze’s “XTC,” too.
If you want more Boman, I suggest checking out his recent delightfully loopy Beats In Space mix, too. It’s fun.