Quote (Freely translated from Swedish):

“Deep and richly layered folk rock served by singer Björn Gardner, stepping up to take a place as a central participant on the Swedish folk music scene. The album is in essence a pandemic influenced project, which in some ways is hard to believe, fusing overdubs by correspondance through a prolonged creative process. Finally it emerged a winding psychedelic adventure flying us through Brittish folk revival, traditional folk song, medieval balladry and contemporary folk rock with fellow musicians such as Moussa Fadera (The Amazing), Mikael Marin (Väsen) and folk harmonica player Erland Westerström.”


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Tre Sultna Mågar i Lira Musikmagasin/

(Freely) translated:

“The opening track Om berg och dalar has the same slightly psychedelic qualities as Dungen in their greatest moments. Swedish folk shifting through organic phase realignment, utterly awesome! Thus begins this pandemic premised album, being conceived as early as 2020, at the moment when the world suddenly changed. Fittingly the world starts to change ever so slightly when listening to Tre sultna mågar. The further we delve into the album, the transformative properties of this music pop up like mushrooms from the soil of folk tradition. Träd, gräs och stenar in the Gardner of delights…

The drone resounds through Björn Gardners wild garden of folk, leaving me astounded.

I haven´t been this surprised by an album in a long time. Not since last week, or maybe the week before , or the week before, or..

Björn Gardner has stated the music is based on Swedish and Norwegian traditional singing. He mentions Ingebjørg Liestøl from Åseral and Lena Larsson from Bohuslän as strong inspirations making this strong, Nordic timbre, home pickled folk rock album, landing in between Falun (Swedish region with strong folk traditions), the Urkult Festival, Koloni GBG, Stallet Folk Club and Bar Brooklyn.

Though the song The Three Suitors – with vocals shifting from English to Swedish without it getting obekvämt, sounds like both British folk and Mark Kozelek, at one and the same Samla Mammas Manna.

A primal force flows through the entire album. It never goes the safest route. Its roots in a project at The Swedish Royal College of Music are irrelevant, this music simply exists, communicates.

Alongside on this trip Gardner brings guests such as folk harmonica player Erland Westerström (Västanvinden), Moussa Fadera (The Amazing), Mikael Marin (Väsen) and Sofia Sandén (Ranarim).

Their overdubs seem to somehow have been cellared rapidly for at the first taste, the music excels in maturity in a way that seems timeless. The fact the musicians worked by corespondance is hardly noticeable. The music is authentic, here and now, then and after.”

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Sings Ballads and Lullabies reviewed by LIRA MAGAZINE 2020-05-29

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Written by Jonas Linge for Lira Magazine. Freely translated to English:

” During my first listen through I am somewhat inquisitive, what kind of music is this? No generic reference seems to fit. The second listen through reveals a singer with a schooled voice, possibly a folk singer with multiple influences. The soundscape is complex, eclectic in its diversity: Guitar, banjo, bass, harmonica, electric guitar and drums, violin, mandolin. A rich collection of folk instruments, a promise of good things to come. But where lies the source? On my third listen through it´s a pearl, I´m impressed by Björns excellent singing. It´s clearly reminiscent of Ian Andersson of Jethro Tull, that means top marks indeed.

The harmonies floating in between major and minor feel like clearly like British folk, to my ears. The CD consists of eight tracks and some of these are English language ballads. Though which of the songs are written by Björn is hard know, since this is not evident from the album credits. And it does not matter, I´m thoroughly enjoying this. Autumn Bell is brilliant, starts by the fireside with guitar and vocal, gradually joined by other instruments. How lovely, the entry of the light drums!

The vocal harmonies are brilliant. Good Mix. At times I start thinking I´m listening to Gentle Giant from the 70´s. Dance to your Daddy with banjo accompaniment is super nice! But the winner of ”best track” is Lu Lay Little Kin where it all reaches completion and a boundless space of progressive music layers crescending, and I want this to never end. ”

REVIEW of LUCIFERS LOVSÅNG ON ProgBlog (Click image)


“Lucifers Lovsång (Lucifer’s Song of Praise) is a project from Björn Gardner (vocals, guitars, mandolin, banjo, bass, keyboards and percussion) with assistance from Filip Fjellström (drums and percussion), Max Leopoldsson (Hammond, Rhodes, keyboards), Mikael Norstedt (vocals, bass, drums, percussion), Hanna Schuldt (vocals), and Edda Magnasson (vocals)..”

 “…Though the singing is entirely in Swedish, a translation of the lyrics reveals a deep political connection that also harks back to the Swedish ‘musical movement’ while the combination of lyrics and music fit into absurdist Mothers of Invention territory or even the challenging front of Henry Cow and the Rock in Opposition movement (Det finns inget utom det materiella för det har gud bestämt – There is nothing but the material because God has decided); just reading the lyrics reminds me of Roger Waters directing his ire at those responsible for despicable politics and the destruction of the environment, with the message driven home by both clever word-play and repetition of phrases. Having said that, if you don’t understand Swedish, the singing is anything but gloomy. Despite Gardner’s folk background, this is complex, electric music..”