Release Date 03/27/2020
Ambience, corporality and our connection to the natural world make up the defining themes of Norwegian artist Gundelach's long-awaited second album, 'My Frail Body'.
A calmer, more contemplative affair than 2018's acclaimed Baltus, the record opens with an atmospheric collage built around a set of field recordings made by the artist last summer in the Dutch nature reserve of Het Twiske. There, surrounded buy green meadows and dense, verdant forest, Gundelach had his first encounter with psychedelic mushrooms.
Due for release on March 27, 2020, My Frail Body came together during an intense summer and fall touring and recording in Europe. At the time, Gundelach's girlfriend was pregnant with the couple's first child - a life event that has helped permeate the record with a new sense of clarity and direction. While his previous output has centered on the melancholy undercurrents of love and longing, Gundelach says that he is now at a point where things feel more grounded.
That was particularly true for "Stay in the Water", Gundelach's soft and humble homage to his newborn daughter, which took him only a few hours to write. The track features his signature falsetto vocals laid over gently levitating chords and the sound of chirping birds.
While My Frail Body reflects Gundelach's evolution as an artist, it still maintains strong elements of his background as both guitarist and mainstay DJ on Oslo's club scene. The latter is apparent both on the album's drum and bass-indebted title track, which features long-time collaborator Bendik HK, as well as on the slow-building dancefloor anthem "Cynical Mind", where Gundelach pairs up with Norwegian pop sensenation, Aurora.
Since releasing his eponymous EP in 2016, Gundelach has gone from strength to strength, earning critical acclaim and two Norwegian Grammy nominations for his debut record. He has toured extensively and headlined Øya Festival to rave reviews.