Saturday, Monday returns with the sweeping ballad titled FWD

Posted on 26 November 2020
By Khyle Deen
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Following on from the release of his highly-praised singles ‘Umsindo’ ft. Kanyi Mavi & Le Roi Alekpehanhou, and ‘Myrarn’ ft. Noomi last year, Swedish DJ and producer Ludvig Parment aka Saturday, Monday has now returned with his latest atmospheric ballad ‘FWD’, featuring vocals from Björn Dixgård.

Much like his work to date, ‘FWD’ sees the artist take broad strokes from the electronic music world, and blend them with a bold and diverse array of instrumentation. Mixing a warm and inviting atmosphere with brooding basslines and beautiful vocals gives his returning an extremely vibrant aesthetic, showcasing more of his sweeping and euphoric direction throughout.

Speaking about the new offering, he said, “FWD (pronounced forward) is a collaboration with Björn Dixgård of Mando Diao. We met through our mutual friend screenwriter/director Peter Modestij, who has also contributed lyrics to the song. We come from very different musical backgrounds so it wasn’t obvious what direction the collaboration would take. But after sitting down at Björns house listening through a bunch of music, mainly super classic songs we kind of set out to do a contemporary ballad but not a stripped back piano song or some slick electronic piece but rather sort of a grand arrangement of a pretty song with a slight roughness to it.

“The song itself is fairly simple, it’s basically just those filtered accordion chords and some mellotron and recorder with some drums on it. But there are lots of layers and textures underneath, many of which I recorded with one of those small handheld recorders that I kept with me and recorded a bunch of ambience and everyday sounds for like a year making this record.”

Saturday, Monday is the solo project Swedish DJ and producer Ludvig Parment. His characteristic and effortlessly left-field sound, resulting from a passion for hardware synths and wabi-sabi. His music has already wooed the likes of Zane Lowe, Diplo and Robyn as well as being a subject for write-ups in The New York Times, The Guardian and Pitchfork. Previous collaborators include New Orleans rapper Pell, pop icon Hayley Kiyoko and Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello.