Swedish musicologist, Karl Magnus Martinsson (AKA Magnus Reimer) is set to make his mark on contemporary electronic music with his latest track ‘It Turns Out’, set to surface this autumn. A musical academic, the track cleverly draws upon an arpeggio-rich classical style of keyboard playing but with the sounds and tones of modern Electronica. Soaking up the influence of fellow Swedes Thus Owls and The Tallest Man On Earth, Reimer also drawn on classic pop in the vein of David Bowie as well as the more technically classical Tchaikovsky. It Turns Out boasts a clear sense of melancholy and thoughtfulness.
Coming from a family of musicians, it only seemed right that Reimer learn to play the piano, and at the age of 7 was already studying the instrument. Having finished his time at University of Gothenburg, reading musicology, it was only a matter of time before a demo EP led to the release of single ‘Throw Yourself’. These first steps from Reimer into the world of commercial music were greeted with good press with one newspaper describing the Swede’s debut EP as ‘Music that really wants to fill the void and does so’, also complimenting his ‘completely brilliant vocals’.
“A truly rare yet approachable sound… eeriness of a John Foxx (Ultravox) track.” A Music Blog, Yea?
The self proclaimed introvert’s new release encompasses art photographer Anna Lamberg on the video front, with audiences exposed to a surreal experience of slow motion smoke and floating objects giving a stimulating under water feel to the video. The audio for the track, featuring on unreleased album ‘Tidal Lock’, was crafted with the help of Gothenburg mastering engineer Hans Olsson Brookes at one of Scandinavia’s leading recording studios Svenska Grammofonstudion
This new release from the Swedish synth and keyboard virtuoso certainly touches on electronic music’s past but with a definite branding of the Swede’s own musical identity of experimentalism, electronica, Swedish folk and classical music. In his own words, Reimer believes the track has a lot to offer; “I wanted to write a song which felt honest and direct, but from improvisations came a song which startled me with its simple beauty and complex layers of emotion. I surprised myself and I hope it will surprise others.”