Seaside air

by Trettioariga Kriget

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On the platform there’s a man smiling at the camera stand and a signal flag is resting in his hand In the distance, very small stands a boy who holds a ball but we don’t know what he thinks about it all Just around the railroad bend you can see the smoke and then summer guests will soon descend in white and grey ‘Cause their train will soon be here although it is pretty clear that it’s now a hundred years since that fine day A young woman hurriedly heading for the grocery in a large hat and with sparkling energy But she stays where she is bound her raised foot won’t touch the ground ‘though the grocery long ago has been torn down Just around the railroad bend… Down to the station a bellboy has been sent from the Grand Hotel He carries luggage until his back is bent at the Grand Hotel Now he’s on tiptoe in a uniform that’s up to date Although he’s gone since long ago, forever here he’ll wait Just around the railroad bend… Now what is and what has been still don’t say what it all means so your questions won’t be answered, so it seems But the photograph will keep this one summer fresh and neat like a dream you might have dreamt once in your sleep
Down by the Grand Hotel my friends and me running through childhood days The sky for free Painting a childhood sun above the sea Here on a shut down track some flat-cars stood We climbed up and down in them as children would Then when the music came that changed for good Back by the waterfront the windy waves I breathe the seaside air of childhood days – Riding the train to town Hearing that brand new sound With The Beatles came the fun like a new life had begun Gulls sailing in the blue girls in the distance, too while the music that we shared floated in the seaside air – This was a newsstand once with Fab and Rave We read all about it twice Then learnt to play Down by the Grand Hotel where dreams have stayed Back by...
Forgotten garden in shades of green Old wooden house where we’ve once been An open window for winds of change An open mind when days were strange In the air above the stairs the sunbeams turning In the quiet atmosphere a dreamy yearning Forgotten garden left behind in rain and shine Forgotten time – in the garden Forgotten garden young love within Another day gone for a swim The blue green water Wide seaside skies The boat that hit you hit you and music died The flower fragrance wafting through the summer evening The secret agent for a longing nowhere leading Forgotten garden left behind in rain and shine Forgotten time – in the garden Forgotten garden the path, the moss The joy of living and then the loss In that garden you still are softly playing to yourself your guitar
See the snow come whirling in from the raging sea at night See the snow chasing the snow in the street-lamps’ cones of light See the water by the bridge black in white a glittering stream See the studio on the hill Sculptures left as in a dream – Just below in the old house we have gathered as guests drinking beer, talking music while I hide my unrest Flickering flames, walls are creaking while the snow blows around In my soul there´s a blizzard In the end I’ll break down – See the house grow dim with time Piled-up drifts, an all-night storm In the silence we walked home in the first grey light of dawn
I was trying to find you, Billy a day when the wind blew cold down by the Liverpool docks where you once worked, I’m told Afterwards, at my hotel a city map spread on the bed to see if you’ve been marked out somewhere with a dot instead Play it cool I remember you say Play it cool and you did it your way but where are you today, Billy where are you today? A pre-Beatles teenage star Britain’s Elvis, that’s you Your smile was as tough as his you sang quite alright, too Now you’re almost forgotten That’s the way time lets you down But your statue, I’ve heard is still somewhere here around Play it cool… – When you were young, did you walk the quays see the fog on the Mersey rise? When you worked on the tug-boat and smelt the breeze were you dying to change your life? – So I finally met you, Billy as a sculpture with arms stretched wide down by the Albert Dock as the sun burst forth in the sky Yes I finally met you, Billy as a rocker with arms stretched wide and daffodils strewn at your feet while the river just flowed on by Play it cool…
And the teahouse is blue in the Vondel Park with the chestnuts in view Practising my art Finding words that ring true Dreaming of Vermeer and his light shining through in my pale Dutch beer – Dreaming of Vermeer Amsterdam in April and canals with water flowing Red-brick houses built for showing Only going where I’m going in the sea-wind blowing And the bird-lake is green in the Vondel Park where the herons convene Feeling light at heart I am sketching the scene Dreaming of Vermeer and his blue light serene Happy that I’m here At the Rijksmuseum and Vermeer is on the right there so you really can’t go wrong Just turn on the ‘lectric light there and his light just turns you on
Palinurus, are you there? Can you hear me through the air? Once a master pilot on an ancient ship you fell in the sea and had a different trip Palinurus, far or near can you still recall the fear? After swimming for your life you reached the coast just to be cut down and turned into a ghost The sunny pines were not for you Can you believe I was there too? And I saw the windswept cape that bears your name where the foam-capped waves crashed on forever same and I sensed your presence in the sudden rain Palinurus, can you feel you’re a shadow, yet you’re real? With your body left unburied on the shore while your spirit haunts itself for evermore The sunny pines… And I saw…


"Seaside Air", the new studio album by Trettioåriga Kriget, was recorded during summer and autumn 2015 in Stockholm. It contains seven new original songs, most of them written by Stefan Fredin and all with lyrics by Olle Thörnvall. For the first time in the long history of Kriget, the entire album is in English, which should guarantee a new level of interest among the band's very international fanbase.

Following the album trilogy that Trettioåriga Kriget released between 2004 and 2011, and which formed the band's autobiography, "Seaside Air" is a relaxed, self-assured album. The songs are very strong, melodic and immediately accessible, sometimes showing their childhood love of The Beatles, but without losing the depth and complexity for which these Swedish masters of progressive rock are so well known. The first four tracks
form a mini suite with autobiographical roots, the following two numbers take off in another direction before the majestic closing number ”Behold the pilot” ties it all together.

"Seaside Air" is a phrase that could refer to the famously invigorating atmosphere of the band's native Saltsjöbaden, but it could also mean "a melody by the sea", full of light and colour. A very warm sound permeates this new album from Trettioåriga Kriget, an album in which the band reinvents itself once again, and creates great new music by looking back on its history.


released March 14, 2016

1. The photograph 8:23
2. Seaside air 6:43
3. Forgotten garden 6:06
4. Snow 4:35
5. Billy 5:14
6. Dreaming of Vermeer 4:01
7. Behold the pilot 8:05


Stefan Fredin- bass guitar, vocals, acoustic guitar
Dag Lundquist- drums, timpani, violin, percussion, background vocals
Robert Zima- vocals, acoustic guitar
Christer Åkerberg- lead guitar
Mats Lindberg-keyboards

Robert- lead vocals on tracks 1,2,5,6,7
Stefan- lead vocals on tracks 1,3,4

Music by Stefan Fredin
Snow- music by Stefan Fredin and Mats Lindberg
Billy- music by Dag Lundquist
Dreaming of Vermeer- music by Christer Åkerberg

Lyrics by Olle Thörnvall

Recorded at Soundtrade Studios, Stockholm, Sweden June 2015
and Atlantis Studio, Stockholm, Sweden September 2015
Engineer: Mats ”Limpan” Lindforss
Assistant engineer: Henrik Gennert
Mixed by Dag Lundquist November 2015 to January 2016
Mastered by Peter In de Betou at Tailor Maid Productions, Stockholm, Sweden January 2016.
Cover art and design by Johan Gullberg
Photos by Johan Gullberg


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Trettioåriga Kriget is a Swedish progressive rock band that was formed in Saltsjöbaden outside Stockholm in 1970. They released their s/t debut album in 1974. They have earned critical acclaim from critics and fellow musicians, developed a cult following, and became an influence for a new generation of Swedish and Scandinavian progressive rock bands, ... more

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