GRIFT mastermind Erik Gärdefors recorded two acoustic songs to accompany the Samhain Celebration concert in Gotha, 4 November 2016. They were made available on limited cassette and now digitally.
This is the very first song I wrote for Grift and it's the first song that ever was made public. When I wrote the song, I was very influenced by Johannes Edfeldt’s poetry and rhymes. I wrote the music on acoustic guitar and wanted it to sound like a dark ballad. Therefore, I think the song also fits to be performed in a more stripped-down way.
Below is a video recorded at Samhain Celebration of another song from Fyra elegier, "Den fångne".
The second recorded acoustic song is Svältorna, originally from the debut album Syner.
When I wrote this song I had read an essay about "Svältbygden" ("famine land") in Västergötland, the county I come from. The land was barren and only consisted by poor soil that was difficult for the farmers to cultivate. I began to fantasize about how it was to live there in the past, how the rugged landscape must have affected peoples minds. Everything was in someone else's hands - hands belonging to forces beyond the mundane everyday life. The music had to be monotonous; almost trancelike.