The original CD was presented in an oversized PVC wallet with front/rear inlay cards and Elgaland-Vargaland paraphernalia: a flag sticker, an oval car country plate sticker, a KREV postcard depicting the inauguration of the Swedish embassy and an Elgaland-Vargaland passport application form.
Composed and recorded at EMS, Stockholm, February 1994 by Leif Elggren and CM von Hausswolff.
First performed at Nordanstad Gallery, New York, March 24, 1994 in conjunction with the official inauguration of the General Consulate in New York City.
"Acknowledgements to Russell Haswell and MSC Harding, the KREV Ambassador, London."
"Published this day the Fourteenth of October Ninteen Hundred and Ninety Six by Ash International in conjunction with the official inauguration of the KREV Embassy, London."
released October 14, 1996
Topp 40 (Sweden):
"Efter ett inledande förstaspår som består av fyra sekunder tystnad hyllar de två kompositörerna Leif Elggren och CM von Hausswolff sin gemensamma stat Elgaland-Vargaland med en timmeslång hymn som inte tillhör den kategori som med lätthet låter sig skrålas berusat på idrottsläktare. Istället är detta ett verk en modern elektroakustisk komposition komponerad och framförd på EMS i Stockholm. National Anthem framfördes första gången i samband med invigningen av statens general-konsulat i New York 24 mars -94 och senare samma år fick åven skidåkande påsklovsturister ta del av musiken i samband med invigningen av en ambassad i Sälen. Klistermärken med fana och landsbokstäverna E-V medföljer."
New Powers (Canada):
"Limited edition from Swedish experimenters who first came to my attention with great drone releases on the Radium label. This disc inaugurates their "kingdoms" Elgaland and Vargaland (which just happen to inhabit all the world's border frontiers and all of the international waters!). Comes in plastic sleeve w/ stickers, postcard, text cards and citizenship/passport application. "The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland National Anthem No. 1" (63'16") is a wall-of-drone made from marching band music: horn fanfares, drumming and symphonic music. The drumming reminded me of Vagina Dentata's release of "The Pagan Drums Of Calanda", which documented the annual religious event when the city is dominated by these massed drums. The creators of Elgaland-Vargaland similarly sound the psycho-geographic space of their virtual lands with the echoes of the signature music of modern European kingdoms. With this physical sounding they hope to next annex all mental and perceptive territories such as the Hypnagogic State (civil), the Escapist Territory (civil) and the Virtual Room (digital)." [Chris Twomey]
The dual monarchs, the revered Leif Elggren and the exalted Carl Michael von Hausswolff, collaborate for the first in hopefully a long line of versions of the KREV National Anthem. No. 1 is a 63 minute loop of orchestral brass and pomp splendour, (similar to previous Sons Of God work), looping some much that it becomes almost drone-like if you concentrate on it too much. Their Majesties even made this available at a Disobey night at the end of 1996, when each guest became a citizen of KREV. No citizen should be without this valuable memento. [mFr]
supported by 4 fans who also own “The Kingdoms Of Elgaland-Vargaland National Anthem No. 1”
No favourite track , they're all really good, this album is one of the best I've heard this year, just got it playing endlessly as it seems to fit every mood. Boy am I pleased to stumble across this lot. Give this a go: you won't regret it. kralin