Taken from his latest album In the Basement of Apollo Hall, ‘To Brood Or To Dance? Dance! Dionysos Demands It!’ gives a sublime taster of what to expect. Swedish composer Hans Appelqvist offers up an effervescent celebration of joyful abandon.
True to its title, the track forgoes introspection in favour of spirited revelry. Propulsive polyrhythms and bursts of deep brass intermingle with Appelqvist’s inventive electronic flourishes.
The song conjures images of a frenzied bacchanal. Though touches of minimalism and jazz can be detected, Appelqvist assimilates these influences into his own singular style.
‘To Brood Or To Dance?’ is a testament to his mastery of fusing disparate genres into something wholly unique. Appelqvist has crafted an ebullient anthem, affirming music’s power to compel us off our seats and into celebratory motion.