Kristoffer Gildenlöw: About choices on the edge of life and death…..

Kristoffer Gildenlöw - Let Me Be A Ghost

Breaking news! Three days ago Kristoffer Gildenlöw released the new album Let Me Be A Ghost, and this is really great news!

Kristoffer Gildenlöw’s long-awaited new album Let Me Be A Ghost is finally here! This is foremost Kristoffer’s darkest musical journey in his artistic realm, as this album is not for the fainthearted as it is confronting and revealing of our own shortcomings. With painting soundscapes, dynamics, contrasts and his signature storytelling, Kristoffer takes us to the deepest, most eerie places of the mind. These are stories about giving up or carrying on, falling down or standing strong. About choices on the edge of life and death, about the ghosts who roam both realms.

Floating on the very surface, which way is up and which way is down?

FFO: Árstíðir, Sólstafir, Leonard Cohen, Pink Floyd, Mike Oldfield, Roger Waters, David Sylivan, Myrkur, Gazpacho, The Deer Hunter, Blackfield, No Man, Bob Dylan.

Let Me Be A Ghost is the fourth solo album by Kristoffer Gildenlöw, following Rust (2012), The Rain (2016) and Homebound (2020).

Kristoffer Gildenlöw was born and raised in Sweden but lives in The Netherlands since 2003, where he currently plays in the iconic Dutch symphonic rock band Kayak. He started playing the piano at the age of 7 and started playing bass at the age of 14. However Kristoffer Gildenlöw is a multi-instrumentalist, bass guitar is his main instrument.

In 1994, at the age of 16, Kristoffer Gildenlöw was asked to join his brothers (Daniel Gildenlöw) band Pain oO Salvation and in 1997 the debut album Entropia was released. Pain of Salvation rose to become one of the most respected bands in the progressive rock/metal genre and is still one of the most proclaimed ones in the scene. Kristoffer Gildenlöw is part of the early legacy of Pain Of Salvation, including their first 6 studio albums and the live Be album/DVD and the ever so praised album Remedy Lane.

In 2006, Kristoffer Gildenlöw parted ways with the band in the years that followed, he was frequently asked to lend his signature playing skills to various artists as a session bass player – live and in the studio.

Kristoffer Gildenlöw has his name on more than 50 releases and has touring the world with some of the bigger names out there: Neal Morse (US), Lana Lane (US), Damian Wilson (UK), Mr. Fastfinger (FIN), Ian Parry (NL), The Shadow Theory (AU), For All We Know (NL), Dark Suns (D), Robby Valentine (NL), Bert Heerink (NL) and Omnia (NL), to name a few.

Being active as a musician for more than 25 years, Kristoffer Kristoffer Gildenlöw also felt inspired to make his own solo albums, not only to have total freedom as a bass player but also as a songwriter, vocalist, instrumentalist, producer and engineer.

In his own music, we can hear parts of artists and bands that have influenced him musically over the years. And there lies the dynamic range of his music. From the more singer/songwriter approach (Leonard Cohen, The White Buffalo, ) to multi-layered symphonic rock (Pink Floyd, Mike Oldfield, Roger Waters, David Sylivan, Blackfield). And it’s fans of these bands and artists that will probably take liking in the music

Kristoffer Gildenlöw also has a big heart for nature and charities and has on several occasions used his music to raise money and awareness for different causes.

All income from his single Pass The Touch will be directly transferred to  The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to help save orphaned baby elephants in Kenya.

In 2018, Kristoffer Gildenlöw released the album We Are Breaking The Chains, under the rock-project Breaking The Chains. A collaboration with 50 of the best Dutch rock musicians, who came together to make this album to raise awareness and funds for abused children.

This was the product of many years of planning, composing music, making connections and lobbying.

Breaking The Chains contained musicians from well-known bands such as Within Temptation, Epica, Delain, Martyr, Kayak, Kingfisher Sky, MaYaN, Textures and more.

Kristoffer’s own music often reflects on life and nature.

Growing up, remembering, forgetting, regretting, hoping, dreaming, growing old and taking our place in the perpetual circle of life.

Track list:

Let Me Be A Ghost pt. I

The Wind

Blame It All On Me

Falling, Floating, Sinking

Fleeting Thought

Fade Away


Lean On Me

Let Me Be A Ghost pt. II

Still Enough

Where I Ought To Be

Let Me Be A Ghost pt. III

Look At Me Now

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Production notes:

All songs written by Kristoffer Gildenlöw

Mixed and Produced by Kristoffer Gildenlöw

Mastered by Peter Van ‘t Riet at Finetune Mastering Studio (NL)

Cover art painting by Sander Van Helvoort

Artwork by Kristoffer Gildenlöw

Guest Musicians:

Joris Lindner: Drums on The Wind, Falling, Floating, Sinking, Fleeting Thought, Lean On Me, Still Enough and Where I Ought To Be. Hammond Organ on The Wind.

Dirk Bruinenberg: Drums on Let Me Be A Ghost pt. III

Erna Auf Der Haar: Vocals on Lean On Me

Ronja Gildenlöw: Vocals on The Wind

Marcel Singor: Guitar solo on Fleeting Thought


About Ulf Backstrøm (7437 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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