by A.S. Swanski

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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 Sweden

The music of European music maker A.S. Swanski has been said to move between cinematic krautrock, disturbing synthpop, post- punk and dark ambient. His 2014 album Deckare contains songs inspired by Swedish crime novels.

The critically acclaimed predecessor Electro Noir was compared with the works of artists like Kraftwerk, Faust, Devo, The Residents, Björk, Fad Gadget and Portishead.
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Track Name: Deckare
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
Track Name: Dekorima
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
Track Name: Kim Novak
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
Track Name: Ice Princess
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
Track Name: Box (Never Again)
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
Track Name: Millennium
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
Track Name: Skumtimmen
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.
Track Name: Red Wolf
We build your society of our dreams
We build your society of our dreams

We demand the future
We demand the future


We want the world and we want it now
We want the world and we want it now
Track Name: Saint Lucy
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

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