The Tarantula Waltz is the project of Stockholm based musician Markus Svensson, who has released three critically acclaimed albums under the moniker. Svensson signed to the indie label Woah Dad! who started with the release of “Lynx” EP 2016. “Lynx” was recorded with Kristian Matsson (The Tallest Man on Earth) in Matsson’s home studio in Gagnef in the woods in the Swedish region of Dalarna, where Matsson acted as both producer and musician during the recordings.
Since launching the project in the mid- ‘00s The Tarantula Waltz have toured extensively and shared the stage with acts like First Aid Kit, Damien Jurado, Kathleen Edwards, Mark Lanegan and Iron & Wine, as well as toured as the opening act on The War on Drugs’ European tour last year. The Tarantula Waltz have become one of the most acclaimed acts in Sweden, as well as being named “Best of What’s Next” by Paste Magazine and having won praise from the likes of BrooklynVegan, Uncut, The Line of Best Fit and Clash Magazine internationally.
In the summer 2015 The Tarantula Waltz was out on a European tour together with The Tallest Man on Earth, in support of the “Lynx” EP. At the end of October 2016 TTW released “Golden Chain” which was the start-track for the upcoming album. “Blue as in Bliss” was released through Woah Dad at 3 February 2017.
“It's a kind of fluffy and heartbreaking soulrock, like no-one else in the country comes close. In addition, with a closing blink to an old Karen Dalton song, which of course is not a disadvantage.” – Anders Dahlbom, Sonic.
4/5 – Dagens industri: ”Blue as in bliss is an explosion of colours and emotion” – Jan Gradvall
8/10 – Sonic Magazine: ”A grandiose experience”
5/6 – Nöjesguiden: ”His songs are stronger than ever”
4/5 – Aftonbladet: ”Bob Dylan lives in his voice”
4/5 – Göteborgs-Posten: ”A convincing and arousing rock album”
5/6 – GAFFA: ”A terrific album”