As a debut album, United Tunes seems to be a kind of strange set of songs. This record is a short one, clocking at just 30 minutes, and is therefore often considered as an EP. Yet it consists of ten pieces of music linking together a vague but mind-blowing story not far away from the concept albums of the seventies.
1. Orient express
2. Weather War Woodlands I
3. A minor breal / A major break
4. Weather War Woodlands II
6. Night of the Storm
7. Weather War Woodlands III
8. 10eme arrt
10. What Happened to Joachim Berner, Where Is He now and What Does He Think about “Klick!”?
When you get the album in your hand, you also get a postcard stamped in 1949. It all begins with Orient Express, reassembling the past into a four-minute journey. The century continues circling around such as common themes as terrifying wars and calming woodlands …and a little bit of the ever-present weather too! The chaos reaches a sort of anti-climax with the straight-forward stage-favourite Celestial and the narrow but dark The Night of the Storm, before diving into rock’n’rollier moods again.
“Södermanland is as Swedish as a song can be without being written in Swedish, giving you the pulse of a mid-eastern town in this country”
The last ten minutes is formed of the present world we live in now (or more like the almost ancient 1990’s). Södermanland is as Swedish as a song can be without being written in Swedish, giving you the pulse of a mid-eastern town in this country.
“It might be a bit of a spoof. But so were the nineties. And so are Tunes United too, sometimes”
Södermanland’s long and almost pastoral end is the complete opposite to the sharp crescendo that cuts off the last track; What happened to Joachim Berner and What Does He Think About Klick? This tongue-in-cheek song is in fact a contrast to the rest of the record . It’s a surprise how an album that begins with the seriousness of Orient’s lyrics can end up with an overwhelming tribute to a long-ago forgotten newspaper editor. It might be a bit of a spoof. But so were the nineties. And so are Tunes United too, sometimes.