Imported from Sweden
"After seeing MINE live twice in a short while Mass Produktion, their Swedish Record Label, realized that there was nothing to it. This we've got to sign. Regardless of the fact that we didn't plan to sign new artists at that time". In early 1995 Mine signed a recording contract with Massproduktion. The band at then was a trio; bass, saxophone and vocals - and their lively yet quiet and unobtrusive music was striking. At the time we were enthusiastic. Now we are ecstatic!
The recordings began in June 1995 with Martin "Nåid" Landquist as producer. Martin proved to the exactly the right person to bring out both the mildness and the bite of Mine's music.
It took a long time and many different studios, but the
record kept growing. From the original trio the size of the band has both
grown and shrunk, consistently with vocalist Emma Holmér as a natural
hub and focus. Her imaginative songs and fantastic voice is a natural
center in Martin's peculiar soundscape. The result is music which is difficult
to define and categorize. It contains influences from many different sources,
and where they meet there is only Mine. Emma's background in everything
from punk to cool, sophisticated jazz- and folk combos makes her move
softly and playfully between the different genres. On the different tracks
we find musicians like Sebastian and Örjan from The FleshQuartet,
piano player Lars Pollack and Blacknuss All Star-trumpet player Goran.
The cover art was done by Stefania Malmsten, one of the
most talented young art directors around and we are very proud over the
fact that the Minecovers and posters represented young new Scandinavian
design at the prestigious Bauhausmuseum in Berlin in fall 1997.
The debut album was released in the Nordic countries on
March 17th 1997 and got a very good reception. We can't recall a debut
getting this good reception for ages.