Kosmogon is a new progressive outfit featuring Anekdoten’s Nicklas Barker and pianist Sophie Linder. The keyboard-based duo have streamed the 25-minute title track of their debut album Mässan. The album includes two one-side songs (the other one is the 22-minute Somnus) was recorded in the autumn of 2020 in a cottage in the Swedish countryside.
Mässan will be released on August 27 through Tonbad Grammofon, a new record label.
Barker comments: “Mässan (The Mass) started with a sound, a drone that I had made on a vintage Logan String Ensemble with a phaser and an echo device. When Sophie heard it she started to build around it.”
Linder adds: “I’m a classically trained pianist and Nicklas had recently introduced me to old electronic experimental music (Éliane Radigue, Bernard Parmegiani, Luc Ferrari), and kraut records like early Kraftwerk, Harmonia & Ash Ra Tempel. I felt freed from the conventions, rules and etiquettes of being a classically trained pianist. That, and the fact that Nicklas’ home studio was right underneath my nose probably contributed to the creative impulse.
Between the recording sessions in our cottage up north we took walks in the forrest. Hearing the sounds of nature we felt like Mässan should sound like the creatures of the night gathering to worship nature, and that’s the title: Mässan – composed of the heritage from the melodicism of old Swedish church music, electronic music from the 60s and 70s and sounds from the beautiful Swedish nature.”