The Swedish/Canadian singer is renowned and respected for his original lyrical style (sung in both English and Swedish), arrangements and videos. On his latest release, Dim Out (aka Christopher Cook) steers his music in a new direction, literally.
The single Baltic Sea builds with cinematic strings, dramatic pauses and undulating textures. Ignoring the mould of traditional ‘songwriting formulas’: Verse 1 – Chorus 1 – Verse 2 – Chorus 2 – Bridge – Chorus 3, Dim Out instead allows the music to organically lift and sway in a symphonic relationship with the sea. This is a dramatic and compelling listen – visually engrossing too, creating a sense of connection to mother nature and survival.
“Baltic Sea was conjured up from memories growing up near Bråviken, part of the Baltic Sea. It describes the mindset of coping with the Nordic winter, on land as well though, that little glimmer of light that keeps one going. I knew the Baltic countries to have a very strong string culture, and I wanted a different sound than the typical Swedish, so as soon as I got a contact through a friend studying in Vilnius, I went over and recorded the strings for the album. I was very pleased; they nailed it. Probably because of their understanding of the Baltic too.” – Dim Out
Dim Out doesn’t do conventional, and we don’t either.
Baltic Sea is taken from his upcoming album Incredible Planetary Dragons out May 24. Stream / Buy / Follow: http://ffm.to/dim-out-baltic-sea