The latest Scandinavian Swords compilation on Northern Electronics marks a departure from its predecessors. An assemblage of genre-defying collisions from familiar faces and fresh blood alike, Scandinavian Swords IIII: Atlas of Visions finds label founders Jonas Rönnberg, AKA Varg2™, and Anthony Linell stray from the severity of earlier instalments in favour of an all-encompassing approach. The likes of Rune Bagge, VTSS and E-Saggila present, club-facing fare rubs shoulders with maniacal experiments in abstraction over its 41-track duration.
Forever leaving genre boundaries decimated in her wake, a contribution from Soho Rezanejad comes steeped in sentimentality and melodrama. Suffused with a patina of wistful emotion, the staccato synth flourishes, surging low-end and growing discord frame Rezanejad‘s yearning vocal perfectly. Throw some air horn in for good measure and ‘This Sea Is Not A Memorial’ is haunting and anthemic all at once.
Scandinavian Swords IIII: Atlas of Visions is out May 15th on Northern Electronics | Pre-order here