The press text, which came with this CD-R is much shorter than the average info you get, there are just a few sentences a few urls and a photo. I learned that Nattavaara Rocks is from Sweden and prefers anonymity. It continues: ?Not being such a productive musician and fastidious, ?Linger Through a Winter? took him three years to complete. He went to G?llivare and bought an organ, decorated his small studio with Christmas tree light wires and began to work on songs. After a year and fifty or so song scratches and without any particular direction, he decided to finish four songs and gather them on a record as whole.? Now, this could be a nice promotional story. But it could also be true. And since it?s October, which means that the nights are getting cold and lonely again here in Berlin, and since I sometimes like to be a romantic fool I decided that it is a true and most beautiful story.
The four tunes here are of a gently melancholic character, with sparse, fluidly interwoven guitar notes in the foreground and the organ providing an atmospheric backing. Nattavaara Rocks? singing is delicate and with the exception of the title track it usually appears a little hushed, which nicely matches the dreamy guitar playing. There is a pathetic touch to this music, however it?s not of the kind that is associated with opulent string arrangements, but rather the kind of pathos that is inscribed in a slight trembling of the voice or comfortably sits between two guitar notes. It?s this sort of discreet, unspectacular emotional quality that seems to be the prime feature of these songs. This is not music of deep desperation and isolation, but, as said, pleasantly low-key melancholic tunes, neither particularly daring or experimental, nor something you would immediately hum along. So, no matter if the image of a man sitting in a tiny studio illuminated by Christmas tree lights is made up or not, it seems perfectly appropriate to the music. 7/10 -- Magnus Schaefer (24 October, 2007)