Kolonien is folkmusic meeting from pop- and reggae grooves. With a playful synthesis of traditional and contemporary expressions, Kolonien delivers their thoughts of life with two guitars, one violin, percussion and laid back four part vocals. – Selected ”Best Young Folkband of the Year” 2011
Kolonien has more or less grown up together. Arvid and Erik Rask as brothers, Anna Möller as their cousin and Mischa Grind as the neighbour boy nextdoor. They share many fond memories of long summers when they first had the opportunity to play together.
Kolonien was from the very beginning a guitar duo called Clockwise, which soon became a trio when Mischa and his percussion joined in. In 2009, Anna came along with her violin and the band found its final form.
Kolonien share a strong political interest and from the start, the songs’ main focus was lyrics with messages regarding the increasingly relevant environmental issues. But the music has evolved, and today the group put a greater emphasis on the music itself and has a wider range in the lyrics.
Since the inception of the band, Kolonien has often found themselves in context that have had a great impact on their music. Amongst others, gigs in Tanzania, Israel/Palestine and Ethno music camps have inspired them to cultivate and maintain an interest in music from other cultures. And that curiosity is reflected in their own music.
Through frequent concerts across Sweden and being selected ”Best Young Folk Band Of The Year” 2012, Kolonien has made themselves a name as one of the more prominent young folk acts in Sweden.
After some years developing a music and a repertoire that they felt at home in, it was a natural step to record a debutalbum. In autumn 2011 the recording started for real! For more than half a year the band has traveled between the collective living out on Värmdö in Stockholm, to Nataraj Records in rural Mörkö, south of Södertälje, Sweden.
In March 2012 the CD was finished. After a grand release at Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, the album ”Clockwise” is now available to everyone.
Sweden: Nataraj Records
Kolonien is not yet represented outside Sweden.