Thousand Loaded Guns

Prepare to be enwrapped in the broodingly intense gloomy electronica of Sweden’s Karin Park as she plays at The Shacklewell Arms tonight (July 19th) as part of our ‘East not East’ gig series.

Her dramatic mixture of crepuscular gothic textures and gripping vocals hint towards the likes of Depeche Mode and Gary Numan, yet there are touches of industrial post-punk, and dubstep also thrown into the melting pot – which Karin herself labels as ‘electro-goth’.
Scandinavia’s hottest new export, Karin, impressed with her ‘Tiger Dreams’ EP getting a UK release back in September last year, and then her full length debut ‘Highwire Poetry’ further solidified support for her dark electronica in this country. ‘Thousand Loaded Guns’, the recent single taken from the album, is a powerfully immediate track taking root around a pulsating synth with Karin’s vocals impressively commanding attention in a way comparable to other Scandinavian sensation, Bjork.

“Everyone tells me this song has really dark lyrics, but that’s funny to me because it was written on a really sunny day in July,” laughs Karin. “This was the first track that started the new record off. The label got in touch and asked me to write something so I did, and then they were like ‘what the fuck is this? It’s great. We have to come and see you,’” and that’s where it all began.

The track’s contents are very personal to Karin: “It’s a song about a very impossible and passionate love. It’s my interpretation of that love story,” she explains. “When I write I try to use snapshots of emotion in a way that I find interesting to convey the feeling behind the music,” she describes.

Recorded with Christoffer Berg (The Knife, Fever Ray), the album showcases Karin’s vocal talents, and her songwriting ability brilliantly. It explores spirituality, sexuality, power, love and hate. Born in the remote woodland town of Djura in Dalarna, Sweden, population just 400, Karin Maria Erik Park was raised by deeply religious parents, and spent three years as a child at a missionary school in Japan. She went on to have success as a pop star in Norway, but decided to emancipate herself from the genre’s restrictions by doing things her own way. Now with a strong following building across Europe it’s clear this decision is paying off.

Words by Simon Butcher

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