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Artist In Residence - May 2012 - Joel Alme
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Joel Alme is a decorous singer-songwriter hailing from Gothenburg in the south of Sweden, and currently residing in the dangerous city of Stockholm. I’m kidding, of course, it's harder to get mugged in Stockholm than it is to find an American musician who is funded by Uncle Sam. Uncle Stig (the Swedish equivalent), however, is generous to his artists. In fact, Alme himself received grant money from the Swedish Arts Council (Kulturrådet) for his critically acclaimed second album Waiting for the Bells (2010). The grant allowed him to use a real string orchestra, and spend time in a primo studio with a good producer, namely, Mattias Glava. The big swelling sound of Waiting for the Bells brings out all of the strange drama and seriousness of Alme’s voice and crisp songwriting. Alme will release his dashing new record—A Tender Trap (RAZZIA)—on May 9th. Trap is Alme’s third solo record after Bells and A Master of Ceremonies (2008). See the video for the first single (the title track) below.