Beacon Sound present the first vinyl reissue of Stina Nordenstam's The World Is Saved, originally released in 2004. Nordenstam recorded six albums between 1991 and 2004, and in the ten years since the original release and critical acclaim of The World Is Saved, the famously reclusive Swedish musician has been quiet. The album found the gifted lyricist in top musical form, combining elements of electronic and acoustic music, pop, and even jazz into her own compelling universe.
The songs, as the Guardian who awarded the album four out of five stars put it, "shiver with foreboding and uncertainty," and, "seem to be the sound of her tentative progress out of a dark place, disconcerted yet full of wonder." The album reaches a fragile apex in the title track, Nordenstam sings "I clashed with silence / I stumbled and fell / I blinked again, sure / This wasn't hell? / You had to look / In awe and surprise / Yet I'd found nothing / To life but my life / Pouring through me / The world is saved." Pitchfork, who awarded the album an 8.6 out of 10, said that "complex instrumental arrangements abound," and, "there are plenty of moments where wry humor and sobering truths flourish, but space and silence dominate."
Ten years later, the album still sounds timeless and Nordenstam's melancholic observations of human nature and the complexities of modern life resonate deeply. This reissue includes an accompanying 7" featuring a remix of "Parliament Square" by The Knife as well as a track "Failure To Fly" not available on the original release.