Erik Borelius, guitar-player, singer and composer, has worked professionally with music since 1986. During these 30 years he has released twelve albums, ten through his own company and two during his time at EMI. In 1994 Erik received a Swedish Grammy for the album SexTioTva - the best instrumental-album in 1993, the first recorded under Eriks own label EB Music. The following year he was nominated with the album Duendes.
Eriks music is often described as a peculiar blend of styles and as a guitarplayer he is praised for using his extreme technique in a tasteful manner.
Eriks albums all bear witness to his fondness for contrast - bread and water during workdays, wallow in sweets when the weekend comes. Eriks musical background, with its roots in Jimi Hendrix, electric guitars, raw punkjazzrock, his love for classical music and the clean, distinct sound of the acoustic guitar, makes the musical expression both broad and narrow, new and familiar.
ERIK BORELIUS AND HOUSE OF SOUND (EB MUSIC 2014)
Erik Borelius and House of Sound is Erik’s twelfth album. It’s also the name of the band he formed with Pär Hedtjärn, Jonas Hedlund och Anders Olausson. Together they present ten of Erik’s new melodies in a new and unadorned way. Most of the time you only hear two guitars, vocals, bass and drums. The recording is done in a direct way, with few overdubs, to create the same feeling as when the band performs live. On the album Erik Borelius and House of Sound cooperates with one of Sweden’s most sought producers, Sven Lindvall, who also recorded and mixed the album.
Erik Borelius and House of Sound is the guitar player and singer Erik Borelius twelfth album since the debut in 1986. It’s also the name of the band Erik formed three years ago with the musicians Jonas Hedlund (electric guitar), Pär Hedtjärn (drums) and Anders Olausson (bass). The goal was to create a small, tight unit with a big sound playing new arrangements of Erik´s music. After a number of successful concerts, it felt natural to record Erik’s next album together. “It’s great to play with these superb musicians who give so much of themselves, both on stage and in the studio“, says Erik Borelius.
With the band Erik is searching new paths. Melodically he is trying to simplify. Together they present ten of Erik’s new melodies. The arrangements are unadorned. Most of the time you only hear two guitars, vocals, bass and drums – pretty much like Erik and the band sounds live. “Unlike my previous albums the goal has been to work directly, without overdubs, choirs and synthezisers. I want to be able to play the songs with just vocals and an acoustic guitar… and to get a better flow, I have developed my finger picking”, says Erik.
On Erik Borelius & House of Sound Erik collaborates with one of Sweden’s most sought producers and musicians; Sven Lindvall. “Sven has a great feeling and it’s been educational and inspiring to bounce thoughts and ideas. I myself sometimes poke too much in details. Sven will find new ways and it’s exciting and fun”, says Erik. In addition to having produced the album Sven Lindvall also recorded and mixed Erik Borelius & House of Sound. The cover art was created by art director and artist Johan Adelstål.
THE WORLD WE KNOW (EB MUSIC 2010)
Now Erik Borelius is back with The World We Know. Melodic as always with depth in the arrangements – his intention is to create music that grows with each listening. Erik sings again and the lyrics tell stories about the modern man and his inability to let things take time in Make Time, of bullying in The Sisters, about the problem of knowing whether to say YES or NO and about Erik´s strong ties to the Stockholm Archipelago in This Island.
Of course, the guitar has a prominent role on The World We Know. On the title track it carries the bluesy riff throughout the song and on This Island two dozen full-bodied acoustic guitars create a shimmering presence. In Back to You, one can hear Erik’s Latin-inspired virtuosity and on his version of the famous Swedish folk-song Värmlandsvisan he mixes soft tones from the nylon stringed guitar with the ever-distinctive electric guitar.
Pär Hedtjärn plays the drums and Rebecca Zätterström sings backing vocals. Aare Pöder plays the piano on This Island. The beautiful album design was created by art director Johan Adelstål with stunning images from the Stockholm archipelago by photographer Petter Karlberg.
Movies on a string (EBM 2008)
Since his highly acclaimed debut in 1986, Erik Borelius has continued to explore and develop his musical universe. The music on his ten albums ranges from delicate and frail to heavy and powerful but always elaborate. He mixes the beautiful and suggestive with innovative thought provoking lyrics and pirouettes on his guitar strings.
The acoustic guitar, which has become one of Eriks trademarks, plays the leading role on Movies on a string. The melodies are known from the world of the movies but the interpretations are free.
I got the idea for this album when I saw Rambo-First Blood in the fall of 2007. This is a movie were the score is brilliantly interwoven and character-enhancing. The music is also very energetic and rhythmically interesting. Hulk is a great action movie for childish people like myself. The main musical theme is brilliant and makes up half the movie if you ask me! It´s not particularly guitar-friendly and was an interesting challenge to arrange, Erik says.
Movies on a string contains interpretations of well-known melodies like The Godfather and Now we are free from Gladiator. In the melody Cabaret you can hear me in a more jazzy style than usual. On the last track, the famous Duelling Banjos from the pulse-pounding ordeal Deliverance. Erik plays his banjo with a single pick in a guitar-ish style. Mono, Lo-Fi recording.
Movies on a string is the worlds first album recorded with a True Temperament fret board on an acoustic guitar. The twisted frets gives an optimally tuned guitar and an noticeable difference in clarity compared to the traditional instrument. Enjoy the sound of the guitar of the future!
Live the Life of a Star (EBM 2006)
Erik creates a new breadth in his music with epic encounters between different instruments, styles and voices. He mixes
beautiful, suggestive, tracks and innovative thought provoking lyrics with pirouettes from his nylon strings. A
musical journey over twenty years has meant constant development within new areas for each new album. The song has
become an important part of Eriks music.
What is success? (EBM 2003)
The sound on "What is success?" is very different compared with Erik´s earlier albums. The fact that Erik sings on all the
melodies naturally contributes to this feeling, but the style is also new. The influences comes from pop as well as
classical music. The guitar is still present there but it is Erik´s voice that plays the leading role. Erik has choosen unusual subjects for his lyrics and the musical style is compared with, among others, Steely Dan and Pink Floyd.
Guitar (EBM 2000)
Guitar is a résumé and an unusual collection of music from all of Erik´s albums 1986 to 2000. Erik made 12 new recordings of his favourite melodies and added five originals. The album got great reviews and thanks to its scope it´s a good introduction
to Erik Borelius music. The 24 page cover with artwork by Johan Adelstal has also attracted attention.
Reality Bites (EBM 1997)
This album was quite unusual as four of the nine melodies included vocals. The lyrics are sung by Estelle Milburne and two of the lyrics are classical English poems by Moore and Rossini. The music differs to some extent from Eriks earlier production. The arrangements are often more dramatic and
more studied. When it comes to reviews it was Eriks greatest success to that date.
My Kind of Picture (EBM 1995)
The title track is inspired by the James Bond-theme. The melody "Northern Lights", with its feeling of old Swedish folk-music and mountain-scenery, was used by Swedish TV for four years (1996 to 2000), as title music for the morning news-show on Swedish television.
Duende (EBM 1994)
"Duende" received a Swedish Grammy - nomination. In addition to the spaghetti western-inspired title track, the album also contains Tiden star stilla dar jag vill vara where Erik sings (in Swedish). You can also find an interpretation of Swedish classical composer Hugo Alfvéns "Midsummer-vigil" on "Duende".
SexTioTva (EBM 1993)
"SexTioTva" (SixTenTwo - sixty-two in Swedish) was composed, recorded and produced by Erik himself. The cover is an oil-painting by Erik representing six strings, ten fingers and two souls (Erik and the guitar). Erik was also born in 1962. "SexTioTva" won a Grammy in the instrumentalclass in 1994. Obviously a triumph and a confirmation that Erik, with relatively small means, had been able to penetrate the media buzz.
The time at EMI 1985-1988
In 1984 Erik sent a demo to EMI. After a couple of weeks he got the answer: "We will produce your record!". His happiness was complete and during the time up to the recording, in the summer of 1985, he participated in Per Gessles and Roxettes productions.
Perfect Partners (EMI 1986)
Eriks debut "Perfect Partners" was released in April 1986 and got a fantastic reception. The music was described by many as impossible to label. Pop and jazz, classical and rock at the same time. The melody "For Free" was sung by Marie Fredriksson (Roxette).
Fantasy (EMI 1988)
The follow-up "Fantasy" was more rock than the debut and full of equilibristic excesses - Erik sowed his wild oats! One
newspaper wrote "Maybe a modern swedish Swedish Mozart?".
The record-company EB Music
Erik invested in a studio in 1990 and began to make music for radio and television alongside composing. In 1992 he decided to start a record-company and release his own productions. The company was named EB Music. His own record-company gives Erik the ultimate satisfaction of working with the whole process; creating, arranging and producing. He knows what he wants and therefore does most of the work himself. It´s not always an advantage in the creative process but it gives him both
challenges and satisfaction. And that is what counts in the long run.
In the beginning!
"I am going to play "vo knovs" and "changs" (Swedish pronunciation) Erik said to his music- teacher when the pupils
were told to bring their favourite records to the music class back in 1971. Erik was nine and the real names of the songs were
"Who Knows" and "Changes", with Jimi Hendrix "Band of Gypsies". His older brother was a guitar-phantom and his mother had a nylon-stringed guitar hanging on the wall in the living-room. The electric guitar was an exciting, somewhat dangerous instrument and the recorder was doomed in all its drabness.
It would take until 1977 before Erik began playing the guitar seriously. Two brothers at school, Jens and Anders Johansson (sons of the legendary Swedish piano-player Jan Johansson) had heard a rumour about a skilled guitar-player. Anders played the drums and Jens the organ and the trio "SLIME" was formed with Erik on the guitar. Like all fifteen-year old boys they sought
attention. The method was raw punk-jazz rock, as technical as possible, played at maximum volume, with song-titles such as
"The necrophilian nightmare", "The punk boots of the kidney-dead", "Asphalt in the ear" and "Respiratory-slime".
After a year in the US Erik moved to Stockholm in 1980. The acoustic guitar was increasingly calling him. The clean distinct sound and the technical challenge appealed to him. Having never had a single guitarlesson, a couple of years of intense training followed. Whatever you do, you should do it with all your heart otherwise you might as well just quit. "Life is much more fun that way", says Erik!