"The four songs on the "Slow 2004-2005" compilation are taken from
"Sadness Within" (2004) and the single "My Star" (2005). Emerald Park
was at that time a completely different band, with different band
members and a different musical preference. During the recording of
"Sadness Within" the guys listened to bands such as Wilco, Jayhawks and
Calexico. After the release of the record they wanted to find something
else. They wanted the sounds to be lighter and more playful. More pop.
"Slow" and "Swimming in the rain" are taken from the debut album
"Sadness Within", recorded and produced by Stellan Colt. Former bass
player Mikael Fredin wrote "My Star". The song was originally more
upbeat, almost punk-sounding, but when producer Carl Granberg heard the
song in the studio he thought otherwise. Martina had recently found a
toy, a small Casio. So the band used one of the beats from that one and
it all started with the electric guitars playing against each other.
"My Star" was actually a minor hit at the student radio charts this
year. Further more the band thought, that "Utopia" would sound like a
rock anthem, something for the big stages. But Carl thought otherwise
even in this case. He liked the original demo, recorded on an old tape
recorder, and tried to keep that feeling."
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