A.K. & the Brotherhood: ”Oh Sedona!”
The years was 2015. Växjö based singer,
songwriter and guitarist Alo Karlsson had the songs. Now he needed a band. The
result was A.K & The Brotherhood, a constellation that, regardless who
happens to be a part of it at the moment, has become the ultimate way to get
his songs out, both live and on record.
The group’s trademark is a tasteful and
original mixture of country, rock and what is generally referred to as
Alo’s personal songs and the unconstrained, organic sound soon earned them a dedicated fan base, and was manifested in 2017, when they won the Swedish Country Music Championship, where they were also awarded with the prestigious Audience Award. Their debut album, The Outlaw Americana Sessions, was released that same year to critical and public acclaim. And now they’re back with their second album, Oh Sedona! The material will be released in EP format – Vol.1 through 3 – on Spotify, and on vinyl and CD as a whole.
Since last time, The Brotherhood has gone
through several line up changes. Alo and drummer Daniel Uhlas form the basis of
the band, together with the new album’s producer, multiinstrumentalist Johan
“Johan is good in so many ways I can’t even
begin to describe. The fact that he didn’t just produce the album, but also
became a member of the band became a turning point, and has elevated
everything. He is a real “serve the song” kind of guy, and he knows how to give
them just the right setting. He is also a really personal player and producer”,
Every song on Oh Sedona has been allowed to
take the direction best for them, Alo suggests. And it’s Alo’s voice – deep,
warm and convincing, full of both cockiness, doubt and sorrow, depending on
what the song Is meant to project – that holds it all together.
Arguably Good To Me was the key track on the
last album, and it’s counterpart on Oh Sedona is the beautiful For the Long
Run: a heartfelt declaration of love that, without whitewashing, describes a
relationship worth fighting for. And that makes it even more moving, and even
more genuinely romantic than the often proposed, idyllic image portrayed in so
many “I’m in love”-songs.
California Free Bird is essentially a summary
of the album’s mood, while Big City Sidewalks is a delicious duet with Sofia
Loell. Where All the Dreams Go could, according to it’s author, possibly be pointing
out a new-ish direction for the band.
“On the other hand, that’s what I think about
every new song I write”, Alo smiles.
Oh Sedona is packed with well-written,
to-the-point-songs, an elegant, detailed production and, sometimes, big
“We originally had this idea to make a really
raw, sparse record, but it just didn’t suit these songs. On the other hand,
I’ve always had this dream to make a really thorough album, full of details and
things to discover upon repeated listens, and that’s what we’ve done. I’m
really happy with it”, Alo says.