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Tobias Hellkvist

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Malmö, Sweden

Multi-instrumentalist Tobias Hellkvist (b.1984) was born and raised in the south of Sweden, just outside Malmö. He’s a songwriter/soundartist/producer and has been making music since his early teens. Some of the works is just him with a guitar and some of it is computerbased - soundscapes with dreamy, meditative textures.

In early 2007, he finished his first official album called Transports, which mostly contained electroacoustic/ambient material. This album was self-released and produced by Tobias himself. He also got some attention for making an acoustic cover version of the song “Step Aside”, originally written and performed by the danish electronic/postrock band Efterklang.

In the summer of 2008 he released his second album, Sides. It’s an album where Tobias continues to explore different sounds and textures. At the same time he shows a completely new approach to his songwriting, involving lots of different instruments such as piano, accordeon, harmonica, flute, vibraphone, glockenspiel, vocals and drums. This results in a more diverse album than his previous.

About a month later, a split EP with scottish act Metronomes (aka Al Paxton of Stapleton) was released, containing three songs by each artist. One of Hellkvist’s contributions was an acoustic cover version of the song “Ships of the North Atlantic”, originally by Stapleton. Vintervarm (from Sides) was also featured, as well as Always Problems, a previously unreleased track made exclusively for this split.

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  • xinxinx

    New album is pretty nice--especially Christmas Rat.

    22 Sep 2012 Reply
  • flawlesly

    acoustic+ambient sound = gems

    6 Sep 2011 Reply
  • a_bleeding_star

    ~ Tobias Hellkvist & Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words - White/Grey/Black - STUNNING

    9 Jun 2011 Reply
  • agrophobia

    Brilliant Sound .

    6 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Heliosphaner

    wow, my new inspiration amongst Tim HEcker, Belong, Fennesz, Rafael Anton Irrisari, Lawrence English and more

    29 Nov 2010 Reply
  • esc4p1st

    only 2,000 listeners!? a rather well kept secret indeed. he needs to be heard!

    16 Nov 2009 Reply
  • DangerbladeEX

    The collab with Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words is amazing.

    22 Oct 2009 Reply
  • twoism2

    Best kept secret! really nice mixture of acoustic and ambient elements.

    20 May 2009 Reply
  • Montanus

    Hey Tobias. Just can't get my ears of your Efterklang cover song: Step Aside. It's so gorgeous! Luck to you and your music.

    10 Jan 2007 Reply

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