May 18th, 2015 | tobias | | Comments Off
The final part of the trilogy that started with Rule Of Thirds in 2011 and continued with Beyond The Dreams There’s Infinite Doubt in 2013 is out digitally now. The physical release is a collaboration with UK Fika Recordings and out mid June 2015. Here are some press quotes:
“Fusing sticky beats, sultry strings and smooth ’80s guitars – sometimes a bit of soaring French horn too – Isaksson creates a complex pop world that’s all too easy to find yourself lost it. It includes huge dreamgaze single ‘Every Ending Story’ and the recently-shared ‘Reflections Of Light.”
The Line Of Best Fit
“Tobias Isaksson brukar kalla sig själv för onelinerkungen och det ligger någonting i det där. Oftast är det lika roligt att lyssna på hans texter som det är att lyssna på hans baleariska rymdpop…//…Musikaliskt rör sig soundet fortfarande kring delfiner som hoppar i solnedgången, elektroniska lager på lager-effekter och skojiga samplingar, invävda i svepande sjok av syntar, nostalgiska slingor och peppiga trummor och det är vackert.”
Nöjesguiden 5 out of 6 review
“This album gives us the same feeling as when we’re laying in the grass looking at the sky (we do that a lot) or dancing under the stars (we do that too sometimes). It’s dreamy… //…These 10 tracks are made of pure love.”
Nordic By Nature
“We would go that far to say that Azure Blue might just have released one of Scandinavias most interesting LPs at the moment. 80s guitars, shynts, sticky beats and catchy lyrics. In what world could that go wrong?”
This Is Scandinavia
“man förstår varför Azuren en gång fick den där titeln” (genrens Character Indelebilis)
“Mer synthslingor, mer rena 80-talsgitarrer, mer, mer, mer…//…Dessutom har han tagit hjälp av totalt sju andra sångare, exempelvis Amanda Mair och César Vidal (från Caesar’s Palace), vilket tillsammans med de många ljudlagren ger ett fullare, ännu mer drömskt landskap att vandra omkring i. Ett landskap där jag gärna går vilse.”
“Det börjar så fantastiskt fint. Azure Blue kanaliserar Angelo Badalamentis musik till kultserien ‘Twin Peaks’ i inledande ‘A Town Like Alice’, och det som följer är en neondränkt kyss i ett ljummet kvällsregn. Med de gnistrande syntarna och jangliga gitarrerna visar Tobias Isaksson verkligen varför han är Varbergs Johnny Jewel.”
TT review published in around 10 daily newspapers for instance City Malmö, Folkbladet, Gefle Dagblad, Kristianstadsbladet, Västerviks Tidningen, Nerike Allehanda etc..
May 5th, 2015 | tobias | | Comments Off
Hey! This page hasn’t been updated in a while but it’s getting a face lift any day now by the wiz kid Anton Sjölander, from Hyper Island. This is my mother ship, but it’s always best to follow Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see what happens. I always try to gather my thoughts and happenings here but you know, life is what happens when you’re busy making new music. I want to spoil you this year! I’ve got my own studio so there’s every possibility to create. I feel very blessed.
So what’s been up? Let’s see. The single Tragedy and Changes came first with a European premiere at The Line Of Best Fit, US premiere at Under The Radar, praise in Prefix Mag, Musikguiden in Swedish national radio and all the lovely people that live to write about music they love. Nordic By Nature, Que Club/Djungeltrumman, Ge Hit Musiken, Synthpoprocks, Rippletunes and whoever I forgot to mention. All us independent musicians need you!
Last week we dropped the Every Ending Story EP with two A sides and three fabulous remixes by greek synth queens Marsheaux, the painterly dreamscape supreme The Land Below and a cool indie house take by ODahl. The single track had a world premiere in Musikguiden in radio P3 and a bunch of cool blogs like Swede + Sour, Nordic By Nature, who made me artist of the week and let me run their Instagram for a day, and Ge Hit Musiken who even reviewed it with a 8 out of 10 grade. Listen to the tracks out so far below!
Design: Alexander Palmestål
September 29th, 2014 | tobias | | Comments Off
I feel like it’s been forever since Azure Blue released something, but the album came out less than a year ago, and I’ve put out two EP’s with my new spacey project Nite Flights this year. But since I’ve decided to tour less the last year has felt much calmer than 2012 and 2013 anyway. And I have a new album pre recorded for Azure Blue already. I’ve actually started a studio, right in the heart of Södermalm in Stockholm. Me and my production partner Gustav will write, record and produce other artists. We started with a track I wrote with Asha Ali. The next step is finishing Azure Blue’s third album! We will start this week, so I’m pretty excited. I really like the way my sounds have evolved. It’s not a revolution, but a significant change in my book.
March 31st, 2014 | tobias | | No Comments »
Hey guys. All is fine here, just want to let you know I’m working on new material and will come with a surprise very soon!
December 4th, 2013 | tobias | | No Comments »
I’ve done some new remixes and collabs, too.
My collab for Redbull Music Academy’s Stockholm Weekender with Silvana Imam got praised in Rodeo, Nöjesguiden, PSL and Festivalrykten.
Also my remix of Futurecop! got some nice attention. You can buy it at Beatport and it was premiered at Aerial Noise. And I remixed Wild At Heart, too and that was at PSL, The Line Of Best Fit, Radar Magazine etc.
I also have some new interesting stuff in the pipeline.
December 4th, 2013 | tobias | | No Comments »
The tours have been great so far! 800 people at Debaser Medis, 600 people in Göteborg, great crowds in Uppsala, Lund and Norrköping. Now we have Umeå left before Christmas and in January we head down to Germany. More info will be announced asap!
December 4th, 2013 | tobias | | No Comments »
I’ve gathered some media in the Media section. Highlights for the album were the Swedish reviews with a 3,5 average at Kritiker.se and nomination to the best album and best Swedish solo artist in the Gaffa Awards.
And Interview Magazine piece that I mentioned before, a nice piece in Radar Magazine, a 3,5 out of 5 review in the almighty The Allmusic Guide, and album world premiere at Swedish Television’s PSL in Sweden, album streaming premiere at Popmatters in USA,
streaming at Prefixmag in USA, UK premiere at The Line Of Best Fit, streaming at Jajaja in The UK, a review in Blurt in USA who gave my debut 9/10 and good reviews in When You Motor Away, Austin Town Hall, The Sound Of Confusion etc.
October 15th, 2013 | tobias | | No Comments »
Beyond the Dreams There’s Infinite Doubt out now. Coming soon is a deluxe 2x180g gatefold vinyl of Beyond the Dreams There’s Infinite Doubt + Rule Of Thirds. More info will follow. The album has gotten great reviews! I’m very moved by the response. This week we do massive gigs in Göteborg and Malmö. And don’t miss the gorgeous video that premiered at Interview Magazine alongside a long interview on the US release day October 8th!
Meet me, my live band and vj here!
131221 Umeå, Scharinska
131116 Norrköping, Klubb Republik
131115 Lund, Mejeriet
131019 Stockholm, Debaser Medis
131018 Göteborg, Pustervik
+ more dates to come.
October 1st, 2013 | tobias | | No Comments »
Today the album had streaming premieres in all four territories where the album has a label. The Soundcloud set is found to the right on this page under “Listen”. It started with a world exclusive on top of the front page of Swedish national television SVT’s music site PSL. Then three other great sites in UK, US and Germany followed.
“Det nya albumet med den grubblande titeln ‘Beyond The Dreams There’s Infinite Doubt’ är betydligt svartare i kanterna än debuten och behandlar en kärlek som till slut rinner ut i misslyckanden.”
“Like the soundtrack to a fantasy movie that’s never been made, Beyond The Dreams There’s Infinite Doubt is a record filled with unabashed wonder, pastel coloured hues and heart flipping melodies.”
The Line Of Best Fit, UK
“With Azure Blue, former Irene and Laurel Music songwriter Tobias Isaksson creates a melange of ’80s synthpop textures and ’90s shoegaze vocals mixed with that wall of sound, perfected by pop music back in the ’60s. Yet, this music sounds utterly contemporary.”
“It’s basically a Beach Boys feeling when you listen to Azure Blue’s music in general, only add some sugar and take away the drooling brother, broken guitar straps and those disturbing braces (not to mix this up with Lemon Popsicle).”
Nordic By Nature, Germany
A bunch of reviews are in too. All positive! Even one majestic 9,3/10! But I’ll make some sort of summary later on. The album is up on Spotify and iTunes! I believe Spotify and iTunes in USA will open in a few days. Maybe not until the US release October 8th.
September 30th, 2013 | tobias | | No Comments »
Today is the UK release day for Beyond The Dreams There’s Infinite Doubt and we finally get to see an Azure Blue release on vinyl! Thanks Tom at Fika Recordings for putting this out. And thanks Kalle at Hybris for the patience in designing the sleeve with me. It looks and sounds great! You can order it directly via Fika or you can go to Rough Trade and pick it up.
An early UK review has popped up at Seesound. Since the vinyl is a very hands on format the streaming will be tomorrow! And the CD and digital release will be out via Hybris in Scandinavia October 2nd and in USA via Matinée October 8th. There will also be a double 12″ deluxe LP in audiophile 180 g black vinyl in late October via Anna Logue Records. The design of that sleeve is made by my live VJ, award winning designer Viktor Blomstergren.