Year0001 / SE
Sónar by Night - SonarPub by Thunder Bitch
The third Yung Lean album, "Stranger", confirms him as one of the most important phenomena in today's trap scene. In 2016 his performance on the SonarHall stage was sensational, and in 2018 we will witness him dominate the nocturnal sound waves at SonarPub. Jonatan Leandoer Håstad is Swedish and extremely young, just twenty years old, but the songs from his new album address profound issues, the antipodes of worries that are supposed to be associated with post-adolescents, such as life after death. His literary influences include Edgar Allen Poe, Roberto Bolaño and Julio Cortázar and give his lyrics a rare poetic touch. The Nordic MC finished honing his album in one of Björk's Icelandic studios, and presented it at the beginning of November 2017 with a video akin to a short film: a western setting in which a fugitive undergoes a mutation and passes through several vital states, as if directed by Sergio Leone.
Like many artists of his generation, Yung Lean has not required the backing of a label to carve out his own niche in a scene jam-packed with promising young stars. His first self-released song, "Kyoto", dates from 2013, and as of today exceeds more than 30 million views. A year later, he released his first album, "Unknown Memory", through his dynamic Year0001 label, while at the same time releasing on a number of contrasting labels including Adult Swim, where in 2015 he debuted a track that seemed to flirt with vaporwave and a sound bordering on ecclesiastical. His flow is somewhere between melancholy and carefree; he often sings with his voice treated by auto-tune, continuously demonstrating that electricity flows through his veins and out towards his devoted army of fans.