Lina Tullgren

Lina Tullgren – Won (album review)

by Woody on December 5, 2017

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I’d been itching for this debut for over a year. But oddly enough it is one of those albums that I have a hard time conveying how much I enjoy it into two or three paragraphs. Won is a unique album, sort of like another great album this year, Infinite Worlds by Vagabon, in that I had a tough time putting together the proper words to describe the album.

Tullgren, a Maine native, crafts a sound that has evolved from folk roots into a lo-fi sound. She’s a wonderful songwriter that is able to use some subtle electric guitar hooks to propel her tunes forward. The 10 tracks are uncluttered as Tullgren lets her songwriting take center stage. There’s a great point two minutes in on Perfect (the second track) where Tullgren puts the breaks on the tune and lets a chunky riff balance her fragile voice before easing out in an outro awash in synths. Its very cool and very well executed.

Later on the album, a contemplative Tullgren examines the delicate balance of relationships and friendship with an acoustic and a gentle cacophony of horns, synths and strings. Again, the brilliance is in the restraint in not muddling the water too much.

Won is a wonderful debut LP on a label, Captured Tracks, known for that.

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Lina Tullgren announces Won – 9/22/17

by Woody on July 26, 2017

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A little over year ago, we wrote about Lina Tullgren signing up with Captured Tracks. Well at long last, the Maine singer-songwriter has announced her full-length LP, Won, out on 9/22. Based on the first track, someone lit a fire under Tullgren since signing to Captured Tracks.

Won envelopes listeners with the idea of “home” and “homecoming” – – whether that means a relationship, a physical space, a mentality, or emotion is up to the listener. With 2016’s Wishlist EP – recorded to tape at the home of band mate Ty Ueda – Lina proved an ability to craft simple, introspective and succinct songs, each one a pulsing glow leaving you both hollow and whole, alone but never lonely. It is on Lina’s debut album Won that we reap the full rewards of this newfound confidence in expression and rejection of internal hesitation. It is clear throughout that Lina’s awareness of her internal shift is folded into every corner of these songs. The move towards working with a full band, the deliberate force with which her often quiveringly raw vocals are delivered, and the lyrics themselves, are all constantly functioning to process and take stock of an updated self.

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Lina Tullgren is the latest addition to Captured Tracks roster. She just re-released her 2015 EP, Wishlist via the fine folks at Captured Tracks. Tullgren is a singer songwriter raised in Southern Maine. She’s got a lovely voice and I’m anxious to see what she does on her first LP.

When you’re a kid, all you want to do is be old. When you’re old, all you want to do is be a kid again. You force yourself to grow up too fast, and then you look at yourself and wish maybe you’d done things differently. But here you are — old and still afraid of monsters, still a kid inside of some awkward body. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does make you kind of sad, like you’re lamenting someone you knew before.

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