Tobias Isaksson had been writing songs
for ten years and for a few years his
singer/songwriter project had been figuring in magazines such
as Sound Affects and Sonic. But it was when Labrador presented
him with Douglas Heartís super vocalist Malin Dahlberg late in
2001 that his ship finally came in.
She liked his sense for melodies and they
were asked to record some songs for »The Sound Of Young
Sweden, vol. 3«. Once their correspondence started a close
relationship was rapidly developed and soon Laurel Music was a
dynamic duo. The combination of his timeless qualities as a songwriter
akin to Neil Young, Morrissey/Marr and Tim Hardin and her ethereal
vocals inspired by soft emo pop like Geoff Farina, The Secret
Stars and Ida made their musical collaboration quite rare.
At first, when their rehearsal sessions took
place in his living room, they often ended up giggling and listening
to too many records. But as they entered the studio to record
their debut album, they realised they needed a full band to complete
the sound. Top drummer Max Sjöholm (Douglas Heart, Afraid
Of Stairs) joined them as a permanent member and Tobias played
just about every instrument he could get hold of. Finally some
friends assisted with whatever the three werenít able to do.
To this day, the permanent members remain
Tobias, Malin and Max, but on stage Laurel Music is a musical
collective that can appear as anything from a duo to a sextet.
Expect a soft, melancholic masterpiece and some
heartwarming live shows in the future!