Meet Citizen K
Five years after the release of "Carried Away", Klas Qvists 2nd CD is ready for release. In the mean time, Qvist had stopped using his own name and adopted Citizen K as his own stage name. "It's a cross between a band and a solo artist, but it's my effort to avoid the singer-songwriter trap, at least for a bit", Qvist says.
The new album can therefore be seen both as a follow-up to "Carried Away" and, as the title suggests, an introduction to the newly found alter ego. "Well, it's not exactly a revolution here", Qvist says. "Some days I'm a complete stranger to all this nonsense myself".
"Meet Citizen K", however, is a logical follow-up, again produced by Qvist and Mats-Ola Tranell and consisting of music that was written around the same time as much of the material on "Carried Away". But where "Carried Away" portrayed a break-up, this one, to some extent at least, echoes Qvist's new found love. The opening track, "For Citizen A" is a good example, or as Qvist describes it, "my first real love song ever". Other songs on the record - "That Same Old Sun" and "Sometime In September" - can easily be seen as commentary on the reality that surrounds all of us, the harsh side of things. "Nobody Owns Her" and "A Scoundrel's Return" describe relationships where one exploites the other in the word's most negative and frightening sense.
Qvist handles most of the instruments on "Meet Citizen K". Drummer Kim Gunneriusson, trumpet player Michael Körnemark and Qvist's girlfriend Annika Larsen on harmony vocals and recorders, appear more than once throughout the album. The sound is an unmistakable mix of 60's and 70's alongsides some previously untried excursions into French ballet music and British folk revival.
"Some tracks hardly sound like me at all and that's cool", Qvist, or Citizen K as we call him from now on, adds with a mild touch of irony.