As the page turns to the thirteenth chapter, the Book of Changes speaks of sorcery and secret knowledge.
Häxeri, meaning witchcraft in Swedish, is the alias of 27 year old producer Max Mansson. Although born in Stockholm, he has called London home from an early age. Debut single 'Heavy Dreams' saw widespread success, receiving airplay on BBC Radio, featuring on The Magician’s 'Magic Tape' mix series and reaching nearly 400,000 plays on Soundcloud to date.
Since this first release, Max has been steadily honing his production skills and building his studio, with the overriding aim of cutting back the computer's role in the creative process and leaving maximum room for musicality.
He returns with the North Sea EP, delivering an outstanding collection of songs that blend live takes of hardware synths and drum machines with his own recorded instrumentation across bass, guitar, drums, and vocals.
Title track North Sea opens the EP, warm, uplifting, melancholic, and driving in equal measures, perfectly bridging home and club listening environments.
Love Is All You Get is next up. More warm, captivating ambiences and textures are the order of the day, creating a sonic landscape for the listener to get lost in, building to a vocal refrain worthy of Caribou.
Final track Looped brings things to a close, eschewing the club and offering a cut of dreamy synth pop. A fitting end to a very musical EP.
Named for the body of water that separates his native land from his new home, Häxeri's North Sea EP makes for a spellbinding thirteenth tale on Chapter 24.