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by A.S. Swanski

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Deckare 01:35
Let me tell you about a country where the summers are too short and the winters are too long Oh what a country it is Where the people are all smiles and the houses painted red and the written word is blood Oh what a country it is There must be some kind of melancholy in the air Or a sombre sense of protestant guilt Or is it the social democrat way to cope with dreams that don’t come true Oh what a country it is
Dekorima 06:19
On a cold night you were waiting at the corner of the street Shot the PM, ended life of the man you loved to fear Now you’re sitting so warmnly, enjoy your MP seat Shape the law with your own hands – a killer’s dream career Dekorima Dekorima Dekorima Estonia Did someone protect you? Was the woman in your plan? Why did he cross the road and walk into your hands? Was it easy? Was it cop-like? Did you feel like a real man? Was it truly the highlight of all your one night stands? Mitä kello on Minut tunnettin
Kim Novak 06:33
A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do And you know, It’s not over till it’s over Short pleasures are often long regretted You know what they say, that’s the way the ball bounces For sure, it was a difficult summer But that’s when I found her And no one knew what really happened But it came as it came And she left as she left And if I ever meet her again I know what she will say This is the moment that I dreaded and hoped for Genesaret, Genesaret
Ice Princess 06:35
Ice Princess, I thought that life would be so good to you Ice Princess, it seemed the world was just in love with you Now we meet and see the ice break free No one can hide what hurts for good and flee Ice Princess, you were so cold I found it hard to touch Ice Princess, yet you were the only one I loved so much Silent nights, your voice remained unheard And no sea wave could wash your pain away Ice Princess Ice Princess Now we meet and see the ice break free No one can hide what hurts for good and flee This little town, these little souls, these little hearts, we know so well This big bad world, these big bad souls, these big bad hearts, are here as well Ice Princess, your light was so intense it made you dark Ice Princess, we’ll sail away like we’re on Noah’s ark Ice Princess, the light was so intense it made you dark Ice Princess, you sailed the seas and left without a spark We are on Noah’s ark if we want to
Who needs protection Who needs love Missing in action No help from above Who needs friendship Who needs compassion Falling of a longship Care is out of fashion Who needs tomorrow Who needs today When all we do is sorrow And hope has gone astray Who needs to lose his face Who needs to hear what’s true The world is a better place If no one has a clue Maybe I should have thought about the girl But frankly, no one loved her anyway
Millennium 05:20
Let me tell you bout a girl Let me tell you bout a girl She had a dragon on her back and set the world on fire But hell, she was lonely Let me tell you bout a girl Let me tell you bout a girl She had a monster in her genes To kill or not to kill Life is a suicide ride Oh, Lisbeth why aren’t you cyring She was lonely Lonely
Skumtimmen 05:00
It was on a foggy day that my son ran away With no one there to protect him from this evil spirit that had haunted the plains for so long Vanished, gone up in the mist, is the boy that I miss And while the elderly only talk about this mean old devil of the Öland plains I only see my boy the way he would be now if he hadn’t been out this foggy day And all the others say… Nej, tyvärr, inte sett, inte sett.
Red Wolf 05:48
We build your society of our dreams We build your society of our dreams We demand the future We demand the future Framtiden Framtiden We want the world and we want it now We want the world and we want it now
Saint Lucy 07:06
Still keep still, I just want to sleep Time after time, I just fail to weep Saint Lucy, I’m lost in the dark Where’s your light, I feel no spark Is this the way justice is done Is this what’s left when I have gone Saint Lucy, I’m lost in the dark Dogs of lust still bite and bark It’s like I was born in the wrongest of streets that houses the girls the world just deletes Fade just fade It’s so cold Oh what a country this is


Deckare is the name of a music project inspired by Swedish crime fiction. It’s a series of songs reflecting on the works of authors like Henning Mankell, Roslund & Hellström, Stieg Larsson, Camilla Läckberg and Liza Marklund.


released March 21, 2014

All words and music by A.S. Swanski, except Saint Lucy, music by A.S. Swanski/La Gouzel.

A.S. Swanski: bass, electro-acoustic guitar, piano, percussion, programming, synths, vocals etc.
La Gouzel: vocals Kim Novak, Ice Princess, Saint Lucy.

Recorded in Sweden, 2011-2013. Final edits and mastering 2014. Wallander (The Troubled Man) contains a sample from Non Ve l'Avevo Detto (Giacomo Puccini), performed by Enrico Caruso. Recorded in New York, 1910.

Artwork: Marc de Jong. Photography: Tatiana Kostareva, Andrea Laurita, A.S. Swanski.

Thank you: Thomas Erikson, Joachim Evhammar, La Gouzel, James Moore, Dianne Murray, Roslund & Hellström, Fletcher Stewart, Valerie Swanski, Together Alone, other friends and supporters. And thank YOU for listening.




A.S. Swanski Belgium

The music of European music maker A.S. Swanski has been said to move between cinematic krautrock, disturbing synthpop, post- punk and dark ambient.

The critically acclaimed Electro Noir was compared with artists like Kraftwerk, Faust, Devo, The Residents, Fad Gadget and Portishead, while 2014's Zafari at times reminds of Pink Floyd and Neu!

Deckare contains songs inspired by crime novels.
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