PG.LOST

The band under the name Before You Give In experienced several line-up changes before they formed in 2004 under the name pg.lost in the current line-up.

Biography

pg.lost is a Swedish band of many directions. Their sound is throbbing with great melancholy, but there is also a healthy dose of dirty, crushing rock n’ roll in it – something you will be hard-pressed to find in the ever-growing mass of post rock pabulum.

Their album “Versus” emerged out of a song idea, that consisted of two very different and contrasting ideas, which were never planned to be one song, but ended up complementing each other. “Versus” doesn’t necessarily describe a relationship between irreconcilable entities, the band explain.

Gustav Almberg comments: “It is possible that some things that on the surface seem totally different could be a perfect match. But mostly the album title is a reflection of today’s society that seems to get more and more polarised. Boundaries of what is okay to say and do are constantly moved towards something that feels dehumanising, and all the fucked up idiots crawl out of their caves all the way up to the top of the mountain.

Whilst some elements of the album will be familiar to pg.lost fans, there are some distinct differences to previous releases. The effect-saturated vocals, which were a trademark on previous pg.lost releases, have disappeared on “Versus“, and given way to more keys and synths. “Kristian was in the middle of heavy touring with Cult of Luna playing keys every day during that time, so he had a lot of synth-based ideas for songs. I guess this has helped us to take the band into a bit of a new direction sound wise“, comments Almberg.

Their sound is throbbing with great melancholy, but there is also an element of dirty rock n’ roll thrown in, as demonstrated in the crushingly heavy closing section of monumental opening track “Ikaros“, in the distorted bass line kicking off the second track of the album, “Off The Beaten Path“, or in the huge roomy drum sound throughout the record. Extensive touring is planned in support of “Versus” – both in Europe and further afield, as pg.lost have developed a huge fan base in Asia.

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Oscillate

“Oscillate”, the new album by pg.lost.
Out now via Pelagic Records.

Limited vinyl, CD & bundles available here:
bit.ly/pglostDGTL

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Trapped in a cavern, it’s pitch black and the air is getting harder and harder to breathe. Disoriented, hands follow the walls to find what could be the ceiling, fingers digging into the rock to find something– anything– loose to help point toward a direction out. Suddenly, a rock frees itself and after clearing away some dirt, a pin of blinding light shines through the enveloping darkness. Clearing away soil and rock with more and more vigor, hope and salvation is just a short way from here.

This is PG.LOST’s Oscillate– the band’s latest LP packed to the gills with pure drama and catharsis. Their fifth overall and first effort since 2016’s much lauded Versus, Oscillate leans on an instrumental approach and while their keen understanding of tension/release may warrant comparison to the likes of MONO, Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, PG.LOST is unafraid to move into exciting new directions. With influences that range from the emotional heft of Big Thief to the inventive spirit of krautrock to the brutality of Neurosis to the dark experimentalism of COIL, these heavier elements intertwine and open up into wide-eyed expansiveness of Fennesz or Tim Hecker, revealing a beauty shimmering underneath and a range of depth rarely found in today’s over-compressed and spit-shined version of “modern music.”

In making the new LP, PG.LOST opted to keep it simple and follow their gut. “On the previous records we have always tried to make it very basic and clean when it comes to production, not too many overdubs or add-ons,” reveals bassist Kristian Karlsson. “This time was more about not thinking about that at all. We don’t try to over analyse our records– it always starts with one or two songs and they often set the mood of the rest of the writing process.I think this album has more layers to it– you hear new things every time you listen. We’re really looking forward to hearing what the listeners think.”

Kicking off with a blossoming dark ambient passage on the title track, an ascendant guitar/synth part builds tension until final release is achieved with a massive chorus, waves of eye-opening guitars and elephantine tribal drums. It’s emblematic of the album as a whole– massive in scope and even larger in sound, Oscillate is the true definition of its title with incredibly tense swells to the point of collapse leading to a slow but pensive disintegration. And again. And again. Oscillate is not just instrumental music, it’s cinematic– it’s high drama, executed in IMAX with a pristine soundtrack blasting at 120db.

Due in November via Pelagic Records, the LP was recorded by the band in their own studio, and mixed/mastered by Magnus Lindberg from Cult of Luna. In creating the LP, the only hurdle seemingly was an internal one and making efficient use of individual scheduling. “When we formed the band we spent almost every night in the rehearsal space,” recalls Karlsson. “Nowadays we only rehearse for tours or when we plan to have writing sessions for example upcoming records. It is not as spontaneous as it used to be, but I think it forces us to really make the best out of it when we do see each other.”

Founded in 2004 in Norrköping, Sweden, PG.LOST is Mattias Bhatt, Martin Hjertstedt (ex- Ghost), Gustav Almberg (The Great Discord) and Kristian Karlsson (Cult of Luna). Formed in pursuit of a singular love of post-rock, ambient and shoegaze with a bent towards post- metal, the band released their self-titled and the Yes, I Am EPs in 2006 and 2007. From there PG.LOST dropped their 2008 LP It’s Not Me, It’s You! quickly followed by 2009’s In Never Out, Key, the Wang Wen split LP and Versus followed in 2012, 2013 and 2016 respectively.

Sovereign in execution and mammoth in scope, Oscillate is ten tracks of pure dramatic bombast and a massive step forward for the decades-old band. The four years away have been worth it. 
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released November 20, 2020

Yes I Am (Remastered)

“Yes I Am” Remastered by pg.lost!
Out now via Pelagic Records.

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pg.lost need no introduction. For 4 long years, the world has been eagerly awaiting the follow-up album to 2016’s critically acclaimed Versus, which in the meantime has become nothing less than a cult album in the post rock world. Despite bass player Kristian Karlsson’s heavy engagement in his other band CULT OF LUNA, PG.Lost toured with Versus around the globe, in support of bands like MONO, ALCEST and CULT OF LUNA in Europe, while playing their own headline shows to crowds of 1.000+ in China. The 4 piece from Norrköping, Sweden also appeared at Robert Smith’s prestigious Meltdown showcase festival in London, personally chosen by the man himself.

While the follow-up to Versus is due for a release later this year, to sweeten the wait we are now bringing you a remastered re-release of pg.lost‘s debut album, YES I AM, for the first time ever on vinyl. And right here, we’d like to leave you with what the band has to say about this long overdue re-issue themselves.
„Sometimes when we have listened to those songs that we made roughly fifteen years ago we’ve thought of how we could make them sound better if we recorded them with the skills and knowledge that we have now. We made a halfhearted effort a while ago, and we learned quite quickly that it was not as easy as we thought. Something just got lost in the mix. A feeling. For better or worse that album, as it was recorded in our early twenties, is simply embedded in our DNA and stands as a testament of our evolution as a band. It was Yes I Am that attracted interest from labels and landed us our first record deal. It was those songs that took us out in the world to meet people and do all the things we love that we had only dreamed of before. We still play them live with the same immersive feeling we got when we made them. So now, with all that in mind, when we ask ourselves ”are you proud?” the answer will always be ”Yes I Am!”

So, we are really happy to finally be able to offer you the re-release of ”Yes I Am”. First time on vinyl and with a new/old design for the CD version. The cover photo is one of the actual spray- painted demos that our friend Andreas made back in the day when we were just kids.
As a bonus, we’re also including a download of a live recording of our show at ”Östgötateatern” in our hometown Norrköping in 2017 where we played all the songs from the album for the 10th anniversary of its release. It was a project long in the making and possibly the most elaborate and fun gig we’ve ever done. It’s not every day that you have the size and possibilities of a huge professional theatre at your disposal, and the visions and time of the people working there. Everything was mastered by long time collaborator Magnus Lindberg. Enjoy!” 
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released July 31, 2020

Live at Dunk! Fest 2017 (Live)

pg.lost are a post-rock band from Sweden. The band formed started in Norrköüing in 2005 and have released 5 studio albums so far. The overwhelming crowd response to pg.lost‘s seminal performance at Dunk! Festival in Belgium in 2017 left no doubts that this band is on the course for true greatness. The show was recorded and is now being released as a collaborative effort between Pelagic Records, Dunk!Records, who have already released stunning “live at Dunk!” – albums of other genre-defining acts, such as RUSSIAN CIRCLES and PELICAN and A Thousand Arms. For Fans of: Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai and Cult of Luna.
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released January 12, 2018

2018, 2018 Pelagic Records

pg​.​lost / Wang Wen – Split

Crashing rock movements that intoxicate the listener and ferry them through waters of aching, almost heartbreaking emotion stamped with forceful, triumphant and occasionally-violent melodies that recall sweeping windswept vistas.
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released October 6, 2017

2017, 2017 Pelagic Records

Versus

1.
Ikaros 08:34
2.
Off the Beaten Path 06:15
3.
Monolith 06:52
4.
Versus 08:07
5.
Deserter 06:56
6.
Along the Edges 07:55
7.
A Final Vision 08:33
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released September 16, 2016

Key

1.
Spirits stampede 06:35
2.
Vultures 05:04
3.
Terrain 05:29
4.
Sheaves 07:23
5.
I am a destroyer 09:27
6.
Gathering 08:03
7.
Weaver 13:16
8.
Redrum (bonus track) 03:35
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released May 1, 2012

In never out

1.
Prahanien 08:15
2.
Jura (free) 05:06
3.
Heart of hearts 08:25
4.
Still alright 07:00
5.
Crystalline 10:10
6.
Gomez 12:04
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released November 12, 2009

It’s not me, it’s you!

1.
The Dayshift 11:07
2.
Head High 06:34
3.
Pascual’s Law 08:24
4.
Maquina 07:03
5.
Jonathan 10:35
6.
Siren 12:03
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released January 1, 2008
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Yes I Am

1.
Yes I Am 06:20
2.
Kardusen 06:32
3.
Fartyget 06:27
4.
…… 03:46
5.
The Kind Heart of Lanigon 13:47
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released January 1, 2007
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pg.lost: Oscillate – album review

By Gareth Allen -November 16, 2020

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pg.lost: Oscillate – album review

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Oscillate

Pelagic Records

Out 20th November 2020

pg.lost have, on their new album Oscillate, provided an intoxicating and immersive journey through the best post-metal can offer. A must-listen-to album, providing a wide range of engaging musical influences, wrapped up in the full on majestic power of metal, and laced with an impressive melodic core.

pg.lost were formed in 2004 in Norrköping, Sweden. The band comprises of Mattias Bhatt, guitar, Martin Hjertstedt (ex- Ghost) drums, Gustav Almberg (The Great Discord) guitar, and Kristian Karlsson (Cult of Luna) on bass. Inhabiting an instrumental led post-metal landscape, the band meld together a heady range of musical influences, taking in ambient, shoegaze, electronic, and metal sounds. The album is mixed and mastered by Magnus Lindberg of Cult of Luna, and has an audio quality that does full justice to the sonic range of the music.

Following on from the 2016 Versus album, Oscillate as an album is marked by a dynamic interlocking of layers of sound and contrasting musical moods and settings. The opening title track commences with a very eerie collage of electronic sounds in an ambient mode, before a repeating hymn-like keyboard motif emerges and takes off, wrapped in a sequence of beautiful choral voices. This is the striking precursor to the drums thundering in, and launching the track into a spiralling wall of sound, where the repeating melody ascends to the heavens, before being cut down by a rush of abrasive guitars. It is a completely immersive and stunning musical beginning to this album.

Shelter, in its introductory passage, could be the iconic Tangerine Dream, before a post-metal barrage of sound hits your speakers to remind you this is also metal. Another musical section puts together a beguiling rhythmic pulse and an ethereal voice, before lunging into intensely melodic interlocking guitars that fly at you, driven by pummelling drum patterns.

Eraser and The Headless Man both clock in at well over over 8 minutes and perhaps set out most compellingly on the album, the pg.lost musical manifesto. Eraser brings together a post-punk sense of bass driven rhythms together with tinges of early Pink Floyd psychedelica, before adding skilfully into the mix the head banging groove of a full on post-metal frenzy of sound. One can only imagine a venue and audience being shook to the core hearing this played live.

The Headless Man begins with heavy guitar chords full of echoing sustain and melody, before proceeding into an epic cinematic soundscape, swept along by washes of orchestral like keyboards, and a slow and elegant doom style rhythm. It is both breathtakingly epic in its conception, while also conveying an underlying sense of poignancy and unresolved deep emotions. This is an album that will repay repeated listens, as more of the layers of sound reveal themselves to intrigue the listener.

p.g.lost are joining a planned tour of Europe in 2021 alongside The Ocean, which includes dates in the UK. If it is able to go ahead, pg.lost and The Ocean together in concert promises an excellent evening of great music, wide in creative scope, and unstoppable in full on metal intensity.

You can find pg.lost on their Website and Facebook

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Words by Gareth Allen. You can find Gareth’s author profile here.

Brilliant Band, complex melodies very well structured, precise arrangements of an impressive virtuosity, cadence and impeccable tuning of an exquisite and creative work, congratulations to the Group. Aryon Maiden

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