cropped-20-01-25-freyr2-r.jpgI am a Swedish/Icelandic musician living in Stockholm, but born and raised in Umeå—The City of Birches in Northern Sweden. I like to think my music is influenced by the vast forrest of northern Sweden and the rugged beauty of Iceland.

I am now slowly releasing the material that came out of two intensive recording session with producer Tyler Johnson. The first two singles, Over My Head and I’m Here, helped me get signed to Nettwerk Music Group. In 2020 we have released three more singles— I’m Sorry, Neighbour Boy, and Ride the Stream— which together with the first two were released in an EP on 3 July 2020 under the name I’m Sorry.

We are about to start releasing material for another EP, with tracks that I feel personally mark a new stage in my music making. Let’s see what you think of that.

I not a newcomer to music. Together with Lucas Enquist and Ludvig Söderström I founded the music collective Lärkträdet (The Larch), whose core members once shared a detached house in Umeå. The collective gave rise to a numer of band-constellations such as Brother NorthLärkträdet, and Högkvarteret. They are all in hiatus now, but we made some great music.

Högkvarteret

Lärkträdet

Freyr Studio_MG_0528My musical training began at six, playing the flute in the Suzuki program of Umeå Music Services until I was sixteen. At twelve I was admitted to Umeå Music Classes, which is a regular school except the students are admitted according to musical talent and receive at least one hour of musical training a day, either in the form of choir practice, brass band practice, and pop/rock band practice. There I received basic practice in playing drums, bass, electric guitar and piano. At fourteen I was admitted to F-linjen at Umeå Music Services, which allowed me to add classical guitar to my repertoire. Since then I have been endlessly playing.

I first started in a band at twelve, called Thingvellir. We only played our own music and in fact recorded an album when we were 14 but it was never released. The band reformed later as Slingshot Theory, and came runner–up twice in the regional finals of Musik Direkt, a national competition. Slingshot Theory broke up when its members went off to various colleges in different parts of the country, leaving only me and Lucas Enquist in Umeå. We decided to continue our collaboration as a duo called Brother North, and to engage other musicians only for gigs and recording.

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Thingvellir/Slingshot Theory

My parents moved to the UK when I was 16, but I decided to stay in Umeå. They rented their house to students, and I lived there as part of that collective while finishing my A-levels. My friend Lucas later moved into the collective, and gradually other musicians moved in too. First Ludvig Söderström which has a very eccentric style on electric guitar, as you can hear on Fristad. We hit some kind of inspirational high and created material for a whole album over a couple of weeks during the summer of 2012 which we later recorded and hope to release soon. Our project is called Lärkträdet (The Larch). At that point the number of musical collaborators that were regularly coming to our house to jam was running close to 30, so we formed a music collective that also was called Lärkträdet, simply because that is the name of the property we lived in. It has created some confusion that the duo Lärkträdet and the collective have the same name, but it’s healthy to mix things up a little.

Some time later two rappers joined the household and we all joined up to create the big band Högkvarteret (Headquarters) which plays melodious pop with rap lyrics. The band has just recorded material for an album, but we weren’t totally happy with how it turned out, so we are doing it all over again before we release it.

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Högkvarteret Live

7 thoughts on “Hi

  1. Hi!

    Is there a link to the lyrics to I’m Here? It’s easier for me to be able to read the lyrics, as well as hear them. 🙂

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  2. Hey, do you think you can share your sheet music to Over My Head for Guitar? Thank you and Over My Head is very soothing to my heart.

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    1. Hi Brandon. Unfortunately I don’t have any sheet music for that track, and nothing for the guitar of any of my songs. The sheet music I write is typically for the musicians I engage to play gigs with me (you know, trombone, cello, bass, piano). But, I have thought about writing it down. You’ll be the first to know if I find time to do it 🙂 Until then the best I can do is point you to the live in studio version where you could possibly figure it out visually from what I am doing: https://youtu.be/nrfJ5rh1WNw All the best, Freyr

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    1. Hi Marten. Wonderful review, thank you so much. It is so good to hear that someone responds to the music in the way I hoped people would respond. Hope to get an opportunity to play again in Berlin soon. All the best, Freyr

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