Solitär from Stockholm, Sweden is the solo project by Mikael Tuominen, a multi-instrumentalist known from bands like Kungens Män and Automatism, who was born in Sweden in 1973 by Finnish parents. 

Mikael Tuominen has been working within a large spectrum of music over the years, ranging from doom metal to avant-garde free improvisation to music for film to indie rock.

The first single from the album is called ‘Electric Sea’, one of the most psychedelic tracks on the album, echoing from The Beatles to Slowdive with a touch of Morricone.

The lyric theme of this song is a positive one, basically about creating new neurons in the brain to be able to change and keep on developing as a human being. Also, both my daughters are singing background vocals, which is very emotional and makes me so proud. I will definitely use their services again in the future if they let me! This was also the first song I wrote for the album and the one that made me realize where I wanted to take this thing called Solitär.

Solitär has a unique take on mellow indie rock. The first release on Tonzonen Records titled “Bus Driver Immigrant Mechanic” is often laid back and fragile, but there’s a bass-driven heaviness cooking underneath with a clear impact of psych and shoegaze. The music travels freely through the centuries, hinting at soundscapes from the late sixties up until today without losing its focus – there is a story to be told. The lyrics deal with death, time travel, family, and old ghosts, but also touch upon issues like class and the struggle of belonging in the world.

Mikael Tuominen on the new album: “These are definitely the most personal or even private songs I have ever written. It’s a bit scary to release them for anyone to hear, but I think the topics are quite universal seen through my lens. We all have to cope with the loss of loved ones, time passing, aging, and all of that heavy stuff. I do want to stress though, that this is a very positive album for me. I used music and the creation of these songs to really dive deep into some issues I needed to process, and it felt so great to come out with this result on the other side.

“Bus Driver Immigrant Mechanic” will be out November 18, 2022, on Tonzonen Records, pre-order it here.

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