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Reflector #35: Christian Kjellvander – “Portugal”

Swedish singer-songwriter Christian Kjellvander is just the kind of musician with whom people can’t resist the temptation to compare to other notorious names, over a vague resemblance in the tone of voice  for instance, or the use of one random arrangement. Anything that another listener probably won’t hear. Those comparisons tend to be meaningless, so I won’t even go there. But his carefully crafted songs do lean towards Americana and alt-country. They did, at least, at the time of Introducing The Past (2003), whose first single is this poetic “Portugal.” Not explicitly about the country, but the (choppy) “waters of Portugal” seem to have been a source of inspiration underneath the apparent calm of Kjellvander’s music.

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