"The Solo Years 1982-1989" out on March 29th!
For the first time on CD the complete 80s decade music of Hans Lundin (Kaipa), partly remixed and all high-end remastered in 2018.
Hans Lundin released three solo albums in the 80s. TALES in 1984, VISIONS OF CIRCLES OF SOUNDS in 1985 and HOUSES in 1989. With a childlike sense of wonder Hans created his own musical landscapes switching back and forth between grand majestic beauty and tiny joyful playfulness. He also never forgets his talent in writing beautiful melodies and creating special moods in the music by his sound designs. The whole can be like a folkloristic tune, like entire landscapes of sound, like Asian inspired instrumental music or Prog-Rock influenced songs as well. Mostly working on his own he sometimes invited old friends as guest musicians. You can hear former Kaipa members Roine Stolt, Max Åhman, Ingemar Bergman and Mats Löfgren. From early The Flower Kings line-ups you might remember the names of Ulf Wallander and Hasse Bruniusson.Hans Lundin explains: “After 18 years as a musician (of which 9 were with the group Kaipa) I planned to make a solo album in 1982. I was inspired by a lot of other musicians, who apart from their own bands, recorded solo albums where they could freely express their own ideas. Back then, I owned an 8-track tape recorder which made it possible for me to record my musical ideas.” The music in the 80s was undergoing a lot of changes, compared to the 70s. One reason for that was that very new kind of equipment was made, especially in the sector of keyboards and synthesizers. Hans Lundin was following that path and he was very much-up-to-date with his musical equipment in those years. “The 1980s were a time when I, as many other musicians, wanted to go further and explore the future of making music. Using old out-of-date instruments, like the Hammond Organ, was out of the question. Synthesizers were the future and they had developed tremendously during those years. I spent a lot of time creating my own sounds, especially with ring modulation that created personal sounds with a flair of bells and a metallic timbre. On TALES I used Yamaha CS-60 and Prophet 5 synthesizers while on VISIONS OF CIRCLES OF SOUNDS I had substituted the Prophet 5 with the new Yamaha DX7. I also used as well a Yamaha CP-70 Electric Grand Piano. As early as in the late 70s I started toying with connecting my synthesizers through a distortion box for the main melody and solo sounds, sometimes even for the bass. I further developed this system during the 80s and it can be heard a lot on all the albums in this box,” says Hans Lundin about his musical equipment and the art of the recordings in this 6 CD Box.