Erik Borelius № 13 – release 2016

During this past year Erik Borelius has released one single a month. For Erik it’s a new and exciting way to present the music. For each song, the designer Johan Adelstål created a graphic illustration based on his personal interpretation of the music. Now it’s time for the release of the whole album. Erik also celebrates 30 years as a recording artist with Erik Borelius № 13.
The album is composed and produced by Erik Borelius and except for Erik on guitars and bass three skillful percussionists/drummers have participated; Pär Hedtjärn, Mats Persson and Fredrik Bergström. Mastering by Uffe Börjesson, Earhear.


Acrossdeepwater1. Across the Deepest Waters
From muffled surf to rolling waves across the deepest waters. From heavy to floating with electric and acoustic guitars, bass and drums.
Pär Hedtjärn on the drums. Erik plays guitar, bass and percussion. Mastered by Uffe Börjesson




2. Silver Echo
Latin temper, echo between guitars.
Mats Persson on Cajon, Pandeiro, Caxixi and more. Erik on the guitars and bass. Mastered by Uffe Börjesson.





3. Groovy Blue
An instrumental piece, somewhat groovy, slightly blue. From soft acoustic to more intense electric guitars.
Fredrik Bergström plays the ”groovy” drums. Erik on the guitars and the other instruments. Groovy Blue is mastered by Uffe Börjesson, Earhear.



4. En Lyckligt Lottad Man (A Most Fortunate Man)
With lyrics in Swedish and a touch of British folk music.
Pär Hedtjärn on the drums. Erik plays the other instruments and sings. Cover art by Johan Adelstål. Mastered by Uffe Börjesson, Earhear.




5. Flybird
A melody in a major key that like a fledgling bird dreams of being high up in the blue skies.
Virtuoso and catchy drumming by Mats Persson. Johan Adelstål has, as always caught the right mood with his nice illustration. Mastered by Uffe Börjesson, Earhear.



coolcat6. Cool Cat
Somewhat wild with a jazzrock feel and a vibe of the sixties with mewing electric guitars.
Sophisticated and heavy-swinging drumming by Pär Hedtjärn. Mastered by Uffe Börjesson, Earhear.



7. Slo Mo Days
A day in the sun… in the sun-bed… in the sand… when everything moves in slow motion and all the troubles and worries are far away.
Pär Hedtjärn on the drums. Erik plays the other instruments and sings. The melody is mastered by Uffe Börjesson, Earhear.



8. Kobaca
The first melody is instrumental – Erik was experimenting with different riffs and fell for a theme that had vibes of the 70’s thriller music. KOjak, BAretta and CAnnon were some of the favourites, hence the name Kobaca.
Pär Hedtjärn on the drums. Erik plays the guitars and bass. The melody is mastered by Uffe Börjesson, Earhear.



30Pearls9. Thirty Pearls
Classical, latin music with a touch of flamenco. ”Spacetango”-rhythms that slides into the sixties with the assistance from Eriks Fender Telecaster.
Mats Persson on drums and percussion. Erik plays guitars and basses. Mastered by Uffe Börjesson.



Erik Borelius – Acoustic & electric guitars, percussion. (photo: Ninna Lindvall)


 Pär Hedtjärn – Drums on Across The Deepest WatersEn Lyckligt Lottad ManCool CatKobaca and Slo Mo Days. (photo: Johan Adelstål)


 Mats Persson – Drums and percussion on Silver Echo, Flybird and Thirty Pearls.


Fredrik Bergström – Drums on Groovy Blue. (photo: Pelle Lundberg)


 Johan Adelstål – Illustrations


 Uffe Börjesson, Earhear – Mastering




IMG_5085 kopias qoutemark2 A new star, the ultimate guitar album (GP), Fantastic debut (SDS), “Exceptional musicality” (OJ), “Do not miss Erik Borelius” (KvP) … the acquaintance with this ultimate guitarist will be this years musical event (JP) 

No Fool from the debut album Perfect Partners 1986
 qoutemark2 It is concert music. Modern classical music. Delightful, beautiful, suggestive and expressive. Erik Borelius is a virtuoso waiting to be discovered by a huge audience all over the world (DD)
Grammy-awarded SexTioTvå. This version from the collection Guitar 2000
qoutemark2 … a perfect quartet sound. … the melodies are first class, as are the vocals (VF), Erik Borelius makes the kind of music that ought to be heard in the scenes of a five star movie (AH)
 What Is It All About from Erik Borelius And House Of Sound 2014
IMG_5106 kopiasErik Borelius & House of Sound live 2014 (photo Johan Adelstål)
 … this is about a highly skilled musician who doesn´t avoid any style in his creative work. He represents a unique width and variation so everyone is guaranteed something that appeals, whether you dig pop, jazz, funk, rock or classical music (ST)
Back To You from The World We Know 2010 
 Imagine Jimi Hendrix, imagine Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Kings, think of Swedish folk-music and sadness. …The influences comes from many different styles but Erik’s astonishing technique and perfectly clear acoustic tone together with his arrangements forms a whole often lacking on a “Best Of”-album (GD)
Don´t Say No Senorita from the Grammy-nominated album Duende. This version from the collection Guitar 2000
 Anyone who takes the time to get into Erik Borelius world of music will be generously rewarded (M), The music is meditative, soulfull, lyric, impulsive and inspiring (GP)
Northern Lights from My Kind Of Picture 1995. This melody was played everyday for four years on Swedish Television


 He plays and sings with a supreme sense of closeness. Well varied compositions, with lyrics that reach deep down (NA), … writes songs that ought to make Donald Fagen and Walter Becker jealous (ÖA)
Woman On The Floor, Erik´s debut as singer 2003. The album What Is Success


 The whole record is in parts so perfect that you shiver with pleasure. … Put your head-sets on and sit back and enjoy (TT), This year’s surprise from Sweden? (ST), A softly swaying, jazzy rocky craft put together by parts that make me think of names such as Steely Dan, Pink Floyd and Paco De Lucia (GP)
Life can be this picture from What Is Success


 Unusually successful, well-arranged modern instrumental music… an eldorado for acoustic guitars. Within Borelius the soloist lives an inflammable little flamenco player… Duende stands apart from all faceless new age, ambient music and whatever else today’s versions of different instrumental music are called (SDS)
Duende from the Grammy-nominated album with the same name. This version from the collection Guitar 2000


 His acoustic playing is transparently elegant, while the electric parts are close to catching fire. Furthermore he is a good singer… It´s smart and beautiful, but still not overloaded, and it swings with supreme authority in all the various tempos (VF)
Skinthin Attraction from Live The Life Of A Star


From the recording of Erik Borelius and House of Sound (photo Ninna Lindvall)
Homepage photo by Johan Adelstål