Klas Qvist

Carried Away

"Carried Away" is like any other debut album, consisting of both old and new songs, echoing virtually all of the singer's major influences, mainly from the late 60's, and a few years into the 70's: Beatles, Beach Boys, CSN&Y, Phil Spector and many others. It's all baked into the product.

The majority of the songs - from the space-out opening track "Come In From The Cold", via songs such as the baroque-flavoured "Some Other Place", the Lennonesque and slightly autobiographical "Cynic" and the songs reflecting the recent break-down of Qvist's marriage, "It Won't Go Away" and "Downer" to the short acoustic track at the end, the all together optimistic "All Dressed Up" - were produced by Qvist along with recording engineer Mats-Ola Tranell.

One track, "Why Does It Hurt You" was the result of a strong friendship between Qvist and another producer and multi-instrumentalist, Tobias Walka, who loaded the song with layers of bass, drums, percussion and harmony vocals from The Magnificent Six, a bunch of singers from their common list of friends and acquaintances. "It was all very Spector", Qvist says. "I didn't have a machine gun, though, and can't seem to remember any Ramones-related events either". It was all great fun. And the other tracks ran smoothly too. People like Kim (drummer Kim Gunneriusson), Walka, Björn (guitarist Björn Linder) and a few others handled the instruments along with me. It went on for two years and then we were ready. Suddenly, there was a finished album. It was pure magic".

Hopefully, you too will hear some of the magic involved in the making of "Carried Away". It's the result of a bunch of people doing what they like the most, fooling around in the studio, while the tape is rolling.