Images of You Album announcement

December 12th, 2018 | | | Comments Off

I’m happy to announce that I’ve got a full new album coming up! It’s a return to the melodic romantic pop that was the origin of Azure Blue. The album Images of You is due in March 2019. I’ve been listenig a lot to my old vinyls like I did while writing Rule of Thirds so these songs echo of traditional melodies and is pure pop like my very first album. 60′s to 80′s inspired melodies meet a dreamy electronic synth sound. The production is a bit more distinct than the first albums, but the production is full of shimmering sounds and reverbs and lush analog synth sounds. In my book it’s the strongest and most coherent collection of songs I’ve written so far. The lyrics are sincere musings of love inspired by my sweetheart and I really can’t wait to share the album with you.

The first single Shine On features my long time collaborator The Land Below on co vocals and the track drops on Friday! I and the team couldn’t wait to get some new music out and couldn’t stand the thought of waiting until late January to present the sound of the new album!


Fast Falls The Eventide recap

December 12th, 2018 | | | Comments Off

Hello home page! Sorry to have been neglecting you for a full album! It’s just been so much, I’ve met a new love, moved to a new place and launched a record label called The Future Sound of Stockholm.

But I feel the need to write a recap about the album missed here. I released Fast Falls The Eventide in June 2018 via Hybris as main label with the main digital distribution and a beautiful vinyl release, Matinée did North- And South America and a CD plus an EP collecting some songs from other outings alongside a single from the new album. The beautiful label Zeon Light dubbed a lovely cassette version. I love cassettes! The same team is on board for the new album. Fast Falls The Eventide got very nice reviews and actually peaked at #8 on the Swedish Critics chart at Kritiker.se. The album was also nominated in the category Best Electronic Album in the Gaffa Awards.

You can find the different formats here:

Vinyl:

https://www.ginza.se/product/azure-blue/fast-falls-the-eventide/532969/

https://cdon.se/musik/azure-blue/fast-falls-the-eventide-45136009

https://www.bengans.se/cgi-bin/ibutik/AIR_ibutik.fcgi?funk=visa_artikel&artgrp=&artnr=3302396&visa=1-400&Sort=Osorterat&Visn=Sokresultat

http://drella.com/products/hybris/azure-blue

CD:

http://matineerecordings.com/item.php?item_id=280

https://darla.com/products/azure-blue-fast-falls-the-eventide

Cassette:

https://zeonlight.bandcamp.com/album/fast-falls-the-eventide

Digital:

https://open.spotify.com/album/6ZNkbN2GznMH7WIDyJFmB2?si=efnNgcgDSRuHtAMOTVdaDA

https://itunes.apple.com/se/album/fast-falls-the-eventide/1394452050


Summer news 2017

June 9th, 2017 | | | Comments Off

Dear home page! I’ve finally added the lyrics to my third album and posted the three new tracks I’ve released so far this year.

I’m very excited about my new album coming up but when things get busy I will keep it simple here and stick to social media like Facebook and Instagram. Sadly my Twitter handle was hacked and I can’t get it back so you find me at https://twitter.com/tobiasisaksson. It’s a bummer but I mainly use Facebook and Instagram so hook me up there if you want to reach me! Bye for now!


Whatever ft Peter Morén & The Land Below

June 9th, 2017 | | | Comments Off

Azure Blue – Whatever ft Peter Morén & The Land Below
Single release date May 30 2017

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/track/3g1k4xBcBi8jHnGyUVeMH5

Highlights:
Premiär /Musikguiden i P3, låtpremiär
Veckans Bästa Låtar /Gaffa
Plats 13 /Spotify Viral 50 i Sverige

“elektronisk indie om att välja rätt saker att strunta i”
/P3 Musikguiden

http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=4067&artikel=6706328

“För oss som gillar drömliknande pop så måste ju detta vara lite av en våt dröm.”
/Popmuzik

http://popmuzik.se/2017/06/azure-blue-whatever-feat-peter-moren-land/


747 (Kent cover)

June 9th, 2017 | | | Comments Off

Azure Blue – 747
Non album single release date April 8 2017

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/track/207TgG4SVVyoxFS93GkWVR

“Azure Blue tolkar Kent-klassikern”
/Nöjesguiden

http://ng.se/artiklar/premiar-azure-blue-747

“ljudbilder som skulle kunna forsa fram som en del av soundtracket till filmen Drive eller vara besläktade med New Order”
/Festivalrykten

http://www.festivalrykten.se/lyssna-azure-blue-747-kent-cover/

“Hör Azure Blue för första gången någonsin på svenska”
/Gaffa

http://gaffa.se/nyhet/116278/kenthyllning-en-ny-version-av-747/


New Moon ft Tangela

June 9th, 2017 | | | Comments Off

Azure Blue – New Moon ft Tangela
Single release date March 1 2017

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/album/2Blp9F3GZEwUaskbaEJwac

Soundcloud: 

https://soundcloud.com/hybris/azure-blue-new-moon-ft-tangela

Highlights:
Bäst just nu /Musikguiden i P3
Veckans Bästa Låtar /Gaffa
Plats 13 /Spotify Viral 50 i Sverige
A-rotation /Studentradiolistan

“throbs like an ’80s new wave classic, with atmospheric whooshes”
/The Line Of Best Fit

https://www.thelineofbestfit.com/new-music/discovery/azure-blue-new-moon

”En av mina favoritlåtar från i år.”
/P3 Musikguiden, premiär och utsedd till Bäst Just Nu

http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=4067&artikel=6641604

“den här new wave-dängan till banger”
/Gaffa

http://gaffa.se/nyhet/115258/latpremiaer-azure-blue-new-moon/

“en självklar poplåt”
/Festivalrykten

http://www.festivalrykten.se/lyssna-azure-blue-new-moon/

“Den bästa musiken gör att en tappar kontrollen.”
/Hymn

http://hymn.se/2017/03/02/deppiga-indiekids-som-dansar-x-2/

“en mer synthig sida av Azure Blue”
/Popmuzik

http://popmuzik.se/2017/03/azure-blue-new-moon-feat-tangela/

“this man is a modern indie/pop genius, who deserves the big stage.”
/rBeatz

http://www.rbeatz.com/azure-blue-new-moon-ft-tangela/

“an addictive and frenzied new track that is rhythmed by crazy drum machines and hypnotic synthesizers”
/Highclouds

http://www.highclouds.org/azure-blue-tangela-share-frenzied-indie-pop-new-wave-infused-new-moon/

“A euphoric upbeat, hyper-tempo track coaxed by a easing vocal calm”
/Swede and Sour

http://swedeandsour.tumblr.com/post/158055887809/azure-blue-new-moon-feat-tangela

“strangely addictive.”
/Buffablog

http://www.buffablog.com/azure-blue-new-moon-ft-tangela/

“más electro de lo habitual”
/The Songs We Love

https://thesongswelove.wordpress.com/2017/03/05/new-moon-azure-blue/amp/


2017

December 30th, 2016 | | | Comments Off

Hello! I just recovered the login to this page from an old email so it’s been slightly updated. Some of you have been asking for the lyrics for AZB3 and I will try to post them soon. If I miss some emails here you can try to find me on my Facebook page. I check it regularly.

2016 was a pretty slow year for Azure Blue because I got a grant from the cultural department of Sweden to record a full length LP for my progressive dance music project Nite Flights. The result was the album Nite Flights – Jet Lag. You can check it out here:

It was a big honor to receive the grant and I had so much fun tweaking those drum machines and synths. Making beats and dance music is one of my favorite things these days. But I also get a lot of new angles for my production and songwriting from doing other stuff. In 2017 I will reveal some new Azure Blue sounds as well as more Nite Flights excursions!

Happy New Year! See you soon!


Album three out now

May 18th, 2015 | | | 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)
Que Club/Djungeltrumman

“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.”
Sydsvenskan

“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..
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Album three coming up!

May 5th, 2015 | | | 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


From Nite Flights to album three

September 29th, 2014 | | | 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.