Dark Tranquillity - Guitarist Niklas Sundin Launches Solo Project

Italian label Argonauta Records is very pleased to announce that they have signed a worldwide deal with Mitochondrial Sun, the new solo-project by Dark Tranquillity's guitarist/founding member Niklas Sundin. Argonauta Records will release the debut album, which will feature 10 tracks, in early 2020. Further details and tunes to be revealed soon.

Statement from Niklas: "I'm very pleased and excited to announce that the debut LP/CD of my Mitochondrial Sun project will be released on Argonauta Records early next year. The album has been a long time in the making, with some of the melodies and chord progressions dating back to the mid '90's, so it'll be great to finally have it out in the open.

"I first got in touch with Argonauta when creating the cover artwork for one of their bands and found them to be an enthusiastic and hungry label that's not afraid to venture outside of the conventional borders. In other words, a perfect match for an experimental electronic album that covers a lot of ground and that's hard to pigeonhole into any specific genre. This is my first solo venture in nearly 30 years as a musician, and even if I know that this style of music might not fit every metal fan, I think and hope that people will find it an interesting listen."

Mitochondrial Sun album is largely instrumental and features everything from Dead Can Dance-like tribal atmospheres to futuristic sci-fi soundscapes. Among the guest musicians appearing are Dark Tranquillity's Martin Brändström and renowned cello player Annika Blomfeldt. The album was mixed and mastered by Anders Lagerfors (who also contributed grand piano to some tracks) at Nacksving Studio in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The album is based around evolution and the passing of time. Juxtaposing electronic and decidedly synthetic elements with organic sound textures and the presence of real cello and grand piano, Mitochondrial Sun is an exploration of contrasts. Lush and cinematic passages collide with harsh distortion and massive futuristic soundscapes. Some songs have a traditional feel, invoking ghosts and patterns from our distant past, some are urban and desolate and some glance outward towards a future among the stars. In addition to being a musician, Niklas is also a prolific graphic designer. This visual emphasis is transferred over to to the Mitochondrial Sun project, where each song will be accompanied by an animated video further enhancing the experience and providing context. The first single and video, "Nyaga" - whose title is inspired by a little known sci-fi novel by the Swedish astronomer and writer Peter Nilsson - will be revealed in full in October, but you can already dive into a first teaser of the track below.

Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Dark Tranquillity
Posted: 04.09.2019 by Abattoir


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04.09.2019 - 20:32
Sounds good. I believe Niklas is a great musician and I am curious how is he going to perform in a solo project.
05.09.2019 - 06:06
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I was pretty hyped after reading the headline but not sure what to feel based on the rest of the article... Labels and artists have a tendency of over-selling intrigue only to offer disappointment.
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05.09.2019 - 10:12
Good luck for this new start even though I don't think this will appeal to me. A new Dark Tranquillity allbum would though !

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