Marathons began innocently, as a quick debut EP by an energetic Swedish duo we found on SoundCloud. Within a couple months of chatting with the pair, Artur Brändstrom and Egil Kahlbom, however, we realized our collaboration wasn't going to be simple, so cut and dry, so straightforward, and that's why we find ourselves here, a year after meeting them with a full album, not an in-and-out single, on our hands.
What made it complex and intricate, you ask? Why'd we opt to squeeze eight originals into one long-player, you wonder? Well, Artur and Egil are prolific dudes with fantastic ears and formidable work ethics. A couple of demos quickly sprouted offspring and became four, then six, then ten. Rather than fight the arbitrary desire to trim the spread down to a 12”, we figured we'd aim higher and work on a proper album. What we constructed is, in a very classic sense, a long-player.
Here's that album! It's a sunny, loose, limber, uninhibited boogie through warm disco cuts and wobbly house jams and soulful funk slices. Daytime chill-out with a nightclub architecture—or peak hour mayhem with a bright, clearheaded euphoria. Marathons swings every which way and suits any mood, so drop that needle and try it on. Then repeat, repeat, repeat.
Published: 18th August 2016