The Ambassadors from the fictitious country Apolonia is back.
With stories of mania, staggering thoughts and walks along dark alleys.
With dreams of oases and opportunities. With thoughts about abstinence and
burning paint thinner. With love for free feets. And with the story of a girl
on a tightrope...
After almost two hot, euphoric, joyful, crazy, drunk, magical and chaotic years it´s time for the Malmoe-based (Sweden) nine piece band Apolonia to follow up their critically acclaimed debut album Lockar & Skägg (Curls & Beard).
The band has traveled many miles since their debut and still meet ever-new audience who want to sign on their swaying cabin!
After 100's of gigs in sun-drenched city parks, vibrant summer festivals and boiling
nightclubs, Apolonia claims to know what the audience wants. A colorful, energy-loaded farrago of influences from west to east, north to south, which now is compressed into a fresh story on the new album Fria Fötter (Free Feets).
...and what about the band and their music?
Apolonia´s music is inspired by things and events that interacts and explodes in
everyday life around us, as well as from Oriental color, form and mystery. Balkan music, reggae, circus songs, Scandinavian folkmusic, latin, ska... the list goes on. Yet it´s hard to put a definit label to the music... and probably total unnecessary aswell! When everything comes around it´s about story telling, interplay, emotions and energy, with influences from all over the world, depending on what´s need to be said or done. Let´s just call it Apolonia music!
Nine dedicated and talented instrumentalists on fiddle, banjo, double bass,
drums, saxophones, trombone, piano and accordion offers the best of all
worlds. The Swedish lyrics, written by kapellmeister Ida Gustafsson, are disclosure, pictorial and seductively expressive with glow of linguistic playfulness and improvisation.
The band delivers an exuberant and addictive cavalcade of musical
concoction that simply must be experienced!
...a new album is here. New energy and new fragrances but still the same crew, with the same relentless, stubborn conviction that kisses hits harder than fists in the thousands.
The floor and walls are shaking, the heart and soul are vibrating when Apolonia re-enters, dancing on their free feets. May I have this dance?’
Ida Gustafsson, lead vocals / acoustics guitar / piano / songwriter
Helga Asgeirsdottir, fiddle / vocals
Jannike Stenlund, fiddle / vocals
Johan Ohlsson, accordion
Ola Paulson, saxophones
Göran Abelli, trombone
Rasmus Nyström, bass
Andreas Baw, drums / percussion
Johan Malmberg, guitars / banjo